Implementation of 2nd Phase of RMS for processing of Duty Drawback claims

Implementation of 2nd Phase of RMS for processing of Duty Drawback claims

Risk Management System (RMS) in export was introduced with effect from CBEC Circular No. 23/2013-Customs dated 24.06.2013. At that time it had been decided to implement RMS in export in two phases. In the first phase of implementation, RMS processed the data and provided output to ICES up to goods examination stage. Export RMS thus allowed low risk consignments to be cleared based on self-assessment of the declarations by exporters.

2nd Phase of RMS for processing of Duty Drawback claims

Now, in the second phase which has been taken up by the CBEC, RMS will process the shipping bill data after the Export General Manifest (EGM) is filed electronically and will provide required output to ICES for selection of shipping bills for risk-based processing of duty drawback claims.

The above-referred risk-based processing of shipping bills with claim of duty drawback is being initiated with effect from 26.07.2021. In this regard, Systems Directorate and NCTC have made requisite system-based changes for its implementation. In this phase, shipping bills with claim for duty drawback will be routed on the basis of risk evaluation through appropriate selection criteria. For this purpose, after the filing of correct and complete EGM, shipping bills will be sent by ICES to RMS. Subsequent to RMS treatment, ICES will be informed for each shipping bill whether for the processing of the drawback claim, a particular shipping bill will be facilitated without intervention or will be routed to the proper officer (i.e. Superintendent/Appraising Officer or Assistant/Deputy Commissioner as per the threshold amount specified in Circular No. 17/2000-Cus dated 29.02.2000) for further action. For shipping bills routed to the said Customs officers for drawback processing, all necessary checks shall continue to be undertaken by the Customs officers as before. The extant procedure for payment of the duty drawback amount into the exporters’ account will also remain unchanged.

In this context, Systems Directorate have informed that certain documents that may be required to accompany the drawback claim in terms of rule 14 of the Customs and Central Excise Duties Drawback Rules, 2017 can be attached to the shipping bill electronically on e-Sanchit with the required e-Sanchit document codes.

The second phase of export RMS also envisages post clearance audit (PCA) of the duty drawback shipping bills. The development of an electronic module for PCA of such shipping bills is underway in the Systems Directorate. Till such time the electronic PCA module is implemented, the current instructions for audit, as stipulated in the Manual for Customs Post Clearance Audit, 2018 shall continue to be followed. In other words, Customs audit Commissionerates wherever in place, and Customs executive Commissionerates entrusted with audit functions, shall devise suitable criteria to manually select the aforementioned duty drawback shipping bills for carrying out the transactional PCA, under the overall guidance and monitoring of Director General of Audit along with the jurisdictional Chief Commissioner. A suitable report in the ICES has been put in place by Systems Directorate to enable the field formations to view the list of shipping bills where claims have been facilitated.

A phased approach is being adopted for extending the risk-based processing of duty drawback shipping bills. NCTC will monitor and review the facilitation of duty drawback shipping bills and take required measures to enhance the facilitation levels in due course. The above measure is expected to reduce the processing time taken for drawback claims, enable quick disbursal to exporters and rationalise the Customs’ workload.

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