Customs Circular No- 35/2011 dated 09.08.2011
Reports of illegal imports of pesticides by some traders – reg.
It has come to the notice of the Board that some unscrupulous importers are
illegally importing pesticides under various headings of harmonised tariff by
declaring their chemical names instead of both common and chemical names.
2. Section 46 of the Customs Act, 1962 makes it mandatory for an importer / CHAs
to declare full, correct and accurate information concerning the goods being
imported in the appropriate columns while filing the Bill of Entry. The accuracy
of this information is vital to correct classification and assessment of duty
including application of import restrictions, if any. Thus especially in case of
imported items like chemicals, pesticides and insecticides it is necessary to
properly declare basic information like complete description of goods, common
name and chemical name, grade, specification, etc. If an importer / CHA fails to
furnish the complete details then penal action may be warranted in terms of the
provisions of the Customs Act, 1962 and other Acts and Rules for time being in
force. Incorrect / incomplete declaration may impact assessment of goods, a
composite function of classification, valuation, levy of correct duty and
application of restrictions / prohibitions imposed under various allied laws.
3. You are directed to specifically alert the concerned officers on the
4. Further, Rule 9(1) of the Insecticide Act, 1968 requires importers of
insecticide to apply to the Registration Committee, Ministry of Agriculture for
the registration of such goods. In case of pesticides in the Schedule to the
said Act, registration and permit from Secretariat of CIB &RC is required. The
certificate of registration and / import permit for import issued by the CIB &RC
should also be properly checked at the time of import.
5. Suitable Public Notice/ Standing Order may be issued for guidance of all
OSD (Customs), Tariff Unit