Context: Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has recently unveiled a Secure QR coded Shipping Bill that would be electronically sent to exporters after the Customs allows export. 

More on news:

  • The next generation reforms spearheaded by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) will be a comprehensive package to be implemented in a phased manner in the next few months.
  • It eliminates the requirement of the exporters having to approach the Customs officers for proof of export. 
  • Also, it makes the end to end Customs export process fully electronic, from the filing of the Shipping Bill to the final order to allow export.
  • It is another step taken by CBIC for fulfilling its commitment to a Faceless, Paperless, and Contactless Customs under the umbrella of its “Turant Customs” programme.
    • These reforms are based on enhanced use of digital technology to reduce the time and costs for the importers, exporters and other stakeholders, thereby improving India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Trading Across Borders parameter of its Doing Business Report.
  • The electronic transmission of the Shipping Bill would do away with the present requirement to take paper printouts of these documents thereby promoting Green Customs. 
  • Equally importantly exporters would not have to visit the Customs Houses for this purpose and can better utilize their time in promoting their business.

Other Recent Initiatives: Ministry of Finance (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs) also launched two Information Technology (IT) initiatives - ICEDASH and ATITHI.

  • ICEDASH- For improved monitoring of customs clearance of imported goods.
  • ATITHI- For facilitating arriving international passengers.

Turant Customs

  • Turant Customs, one of the major changes will be in Indian Customs Electronic Data Interchange System (ICES) 1.5 for clearance of imported goods after assessment and duty payment. 
  • The officer concerned will now have access to a fully automated queue of Bill of Entry ready for granting clearance in ICES 1.5. 
  • This obviates the necessity of importers having to present the BoE number and date to the officer for clearance.
  • The officer will be able to immediately provide clearance on the system. 



  • The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) is the nodal national agency responsible for administering Customs, GST, Central Excise, Service Tax & Narcotics in India. 
  • The Customs & Central Excise department was established in the year 1855 by the then British Governor General of India, to administer customs laws in India and collection of import duties / land revenue. It is one of the oldest government departments of India.
  • Currently the Customs and Central Excise / GST department comes under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1633525#:~:text=CBIC Enables End to End Paperless Exports under Turant Customs&text=Shri Ajit Kumar, Chairman, Central,after the Customs allows export.

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