Allotment of Unique Warehouse Code for Customs Bonded Warehouses
The Central Board of Excise and Customs ("the CBEC") vide Circular No. 19 /2016 –Customs dated May 20, 2016 has informed that in terms of changes made in Finance Act, 2016 in regard to shifting towards a record based control with respect to Bonded Warehouses, it is proposed that each Warehouse be allotted a Unique Warehouse Code so that importers can at the into-bond bill of entry stage declare the Warehouse in which goods shall be deposited.
In this respect a module has been developed in ICES to capture details of Customs Bonded Warehouses licensed in each Commissionerate and to generate a Warehouse Code in the system.
Further, any formation of Central Excise having control over a Customs Bonded Warehouse but not connected on ICES are directed to forward the list of Warehouses licensed by them to the Principal Commissioner/ Commissioner of Customs having jurisdiction over the nearest EDI enabled Customs station latest by June 1, 2016.
Also, the CBEC has requested the Commissioners at EDI locations to complete the said exercise by 6th June, 2016 and confirm the same and it is proposed to publish the said code generated on the ICEGATE website for the information of trade from June 10, 2016 to June 15, 2016.
From June 20, 2016, declaring the warehousing code in the Bill of Entry would become mandatory for filing Into-Bond and Ex-Bond Bill of Entry and Ex-Bond Bill of Entries with invalid Warehousing Code will be rejected.