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DGFT PUBLIC NOTICE NO. 57/2005 dated 06.10.2005
DGFT clubs ports to treat them as single port for export / import & amends Para 4.49 - Electronic verification of DEPB Shipping Bills

In exercise of powers conferred under Paragraph 2.4 of the Foreign Trade Policy 2004-2009, the Director General of Foreign Trade hereby makes the following amendments in Handbook of Procedures (Vol. I):

1. In Paragraphs 4.19 and 4.40, the following provision stands deleted:
“The following ports would be treated as a single port for the purposes of imports and exports:

    i. Mumbai seaport, Nhava Sheva & Mumbai Airport
    ii. Delhi airport and ICDs in Delhi
    iii. Kolkata seaport, Kolkata airport
    iv. Chennai airport and Chennai seaport
    v. Bangalore airport and Bangalore ICD
    vi. Hyderabad Airport and Hyderabad ICD”.

2. Nhava Sheva shall be added in the list of Seaports mentioned in paragraphs 4.19 and 4.40.

3. Paragraph 4.49 stands amended as follows:

“In case of EDI shipping bills before 01.10.2005 and non-EDI shipping bills, the licensing authority shall ensure that while issuing the DEPB, the Shipping Bill no(s) and date(s), FOB value in Indian rupees as per Shipping Bill(s) and description of export product are endorsed on the DEPB. Before allowing the imports against such DEPBs, the Customs shall verify that the details of the exports, as given on the DEPB, are as per their records. However, in case of EDI shipping bills issued on or after 01.10.2005 from EDI ports which are being transmitted electronically by Customs to DGFT, the DEPBs issued shall be sent to Customs at the Port of Registration thro’ an electronic message exchange system and the DEPBs shall be registered at the Port of Registration electronically and no verification of Shipping Bills against which such DEPBs have been issued will be required before allowing imports against such DEPBs.

This issues in Public interest.


(Issued from F.No. 01/94/180/EDI Customs/AM06/PC.I)