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Appraisement (East) moves to regulate partial shipments of machinery

Appraisement (East) moves to regulate partial shipments of machinery

KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Appraisement (East) has finalised procedure for regulating partial shipments of plants and machinery in case of project imports, it has been learnt.
According to details, the Collectorate has taken the step to effectively monitor partial imports of machinery and equipment as provided by the Fifth Schedule of the Customs Act, 1969.
The Collectorate has also described procedure for the convenience of importer/authorized clearing agents in this regard.
According to the procedure, the importer/authorized agent must upload the following documents in respect of complete project at the time of filing declaration.
Furthermore, supplier-wise list of all scheduled partial shipments of machinery, equipment and components to be imported indicating details of each individual item will have to be provided. However, if schedule of imports is not availability, overall detail of the whole plant will be declared through system.
The declarant will indicate “partial shipment No.1” (in the description column) at the time of filing the first declaration under Section 79 of the Customs Act, 1969; thereafter with each successive import, he will indicate the numerical order of the respective partial shipment along with details of the previous GDs e.g “partial shipment” No.3 (previous imports vide GD Nos—-). This will allow the appropriate officer to call for the record of the previous imports available in the system and examine attached documents particularly those uploaded with the first partial shipment.
According to the schedule, the appraising officer will scrutinize the GD, as provided in Section 80 of the Customs Act, 1969 and endorse the same to the Principal Appraiser concerned who will check and forward the same to the Deputy/Assistant Collector concerned for its finalization.
The importer/authorized agent will ensure that, wherever required, all statutory certificates mandated under the Import Policy Order (in vogue) are uploaded with each partial shipment.
The procedure is to be strictly followed without any deviation and any delay in clearance of subject goods due to unavailability of prescribed documents with the GD will be attributable to the importer/authorized agent, while the procedure is aimed at streamlining the clearance of partial shipments.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Boards’ instruction as contained in the preamble of the Fifth Schedule of the Customs Act, 1969 and para 1(xi) of Chapter-I of Customs General Order (CGO) 12/2002 dated 15-06-2002 will have over-riding effect.