Beginning July 1, India’s customs clearance of all export goods will take place on a 24/7 basis at four air cargo complexes (airports) in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
As a result, all exports will now be able to move out of the country from those locations at any time. India’s government expects this initiative to “greatly facilitate” the exporting community and boost the country’s exports by reducing waiting times.
The expansion of round-the-clock service to these air cargo complexes and airports follows a similar move for exports under Free Shipping Bills at all 13 EDI-connected locations on June 1: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Cochin, Calicut, Coimbatore, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Nashik, Vishakhapatnam and Thiruvananthapuram.
On Sept. 1, 2012, the Indian government put in place 24/7 clearance for exports under Free Shipping Bils as well as some import consitments on a pilot basis at four seaports — Chennai, Jawaharlal Nehru, Kolkata and Kandla — and four airports — Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
“The present expansion of the 24x7 customs clearance facility to all exports from identified customs stations addresses the requirement of exporters who export under export incentive schemes and would allow them to exploit their full potential,” the government said.