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E-seal mandatory for goods passing thru Ctg, Mongla ports to India

Published : Thursday, 18 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 211

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has implemented a new regulation mandating the use of electronic locks and seals for transit and transshipment goods passing through Chittagong and Mongla ports to India.

This move aims to enhance security and ensure the accuracy of shipments to their destinations by conducting e-tracking through GPS systems even if the previous RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system for tracking imported goods remains valid.

The decision to replace the Electronic Seal and Lock Service Rule-2018 with the Electronic Seal and Lock Rules 2024 reportedly stems from controversies surrounding contractor appointments and other related issues.

Made effective on April 4, last, the new regulation aims to streamline processes and increase transparency.

While only transit and transshipment goods are subject to mandatory e-tracking under the Bangladesh-India agreement, the NBR intends to expand this requirement to include additional import goods, such as fabric under bonded warehouse facilities, to mitigate revenue loss risks.

To ensure fairness and transparency in contractor selection, appointments will follow Public Procurement Rules (PPR), favouring the lowest bidder who meets compliance criteria.

However, recognising the operational challenges faced by importers, electronic seals and locks are not mandatory for all, adds fibre2fashion, a single-stop solution for the global textile, apparel and fashion industry.

The forthcoming Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) will define vehicle routes equipped with e-seals or locks even if any deviation from these routes, detected through tracking, will incur penalties.

Charges for e-tracking will be levied based on contractor bids and quotations.

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