Customs Clearance Current Affairs - 2020

Govt. launches ATITHI app for improved customs clearance

Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman launched ‘ATITHI’ app, an IT initiative to facilitate electronic filing of customs baggage and currency declarations by arriving international passengers.

About ATITHI app

ATITHI app is an easy to use mobile application for international travelers to file Customs declaration in advance. Passengers can use this app to file declaration of dutiable items as well as currency with Indian Customs even before boarding the flight to India.

The ATITHI app has been introduced by CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs). It is available on both, iOS and Android.

Benefits: ATITHI app will facilitate hassle free and faster clearance by Customs at the airports and will enhance the experience of international tourists and other visitors at Indian airports. The app would also create a tech savvy image of India Customs and would encourage tourism and business travel to India

Way Forward: CBIC must strive to develop IT-based insights for focused policy making. It should also use technology in each sphere of its activity and while facilitating genuine business it must identify ways to detect and stop frauds especially in GST.

Govt. launches ICEDASH for faster customs clearance

Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman launched a new IT initiatives called ICEDASH for improved monitoring and pace of Customs clearance of imported goods. ICEDASH would be key drivers for further improvement in Customs especially as it would reduce interface and increase transparency of Customs functioning.

What id ICEDASH?

It is an Ease of Doing Business monitoring dashboard of Indian Customs. It will help the public see daily Customs clearance times of import cargo at various ports and airports. With ICEDASH, Indian Customs will provide an effective tool that helps businesses compare clearance times across ports and plan their logistics accordingly, thus taking a lead globally.

This dashboard has been developed by CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs) in collaboration with NIC (National Informatics Centre). ICEDASH can be accessed through the CBIC website.

About National Informatics Centre (NIC)

It is the premier science and technology organisation under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) that works in informatics services and information and communication technology (ICT) applications.

NOTE: CBIC is India’s nodal national agency responsible for administering GST, Customs, Central Excise, Service Tax & Narcotics in country.