Labelling of Imported Goods in Bond Allowed Against Warehoused Bill of Entry

The following Public Notice was issued by the Commissioner of Customs (Import) Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House on 26th February 2010.

[Customs Public Notice No. 24 dated 26th February 2010]

Subject: Compliance of RE 44/2000 Labeling of goods in bond prior to Ex-bond clearance.

It has been observed that importers have been facing difficulty in labeling commodities which are of small size and which are sensitive to heat and dust in the CFSs prior to the clearance of the same under the provisions of DGFT Notification RE44/2000 dated 24.11.2000.  The problem is further compounded due to the shortage of space in the various CFSs.

2. DGFT Notification RE44/2000 provides for labelling of all goods imported into India which are covered by the provisions of Standards of Weights and Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 1977. The compliance of this condition has to be ensured before the import consignment of such commodities is cleared by Customs for home consumption. Thus the goods have to be suitably labelled before they are released for home consumption. 

3. In view of the difficulties faced by the Importers in labeling the goods in CFSs in compliance of DGFT Notification RE44/2000, it has been decided that henceforth the Importers will have the option of labelling such goods under bond.

4. The trade should ascertain that such marking/labeling facility, space, is available in the warehouse prior to exercising this option.  In such cases the importer may file Warehousing Bills of Entry. The Assessing Group will give suitable directions to Docks staff to allow bonding of the goods without labelling and with endorsement on the warehousing Bill of Entry that verification of RE44/2000 markings to be done prior to de-bonding by Bond Superintendent.  The goods will be labelled in the bonded premises and compliance of DGFT Notification RE44/2000 will be checked at the time of ex-bonding of the goods, by the bond Officer, by randomly examining the goods again and endorsing the Examination Report on the ex-bond Bill of Entry, both on hard copy and in EDI System.

5. The contents of this notice may please be brought to the notice of all the importers/representatives of the trade.

[F.No. S/22-Gen-73/2010 AM(I) JNCH]