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New Delhi : As a major push in technology and digitalisation, Delhi Customs Zone took three important initiatives on November 11, 2021. An online facility for scheduling examination of Import cargo with the aim of minimising physical interface of trade with Customs and other stakeholders was launched. It is multi-stakeholder application where Customs, CONCOR, Customs brokers, and importers are on the same platform having a shared view of scheduling examination of goods.  This initiative will ensure fullest transparency alongside  convenience for trade and other stakeholders.

Customs at Inland Container Depot (ICD) Tuglakabad also inaugurated a Baggage Scanner, which will result in non-intrusive examination of unaccompanied baggage/palletized import Cargo while ensuring swifter clearances. This will also help Customs in targeted intervention to check smuggling.

Few days earlier, an electronic tracking of containerised cargo through use of Smart locks and an application built on Blockchain technology was launched. This enables customs to monitor and track movement of non-duty paid goods through GPS tracking while reducing compliance burden on trade in terms of documentation.

In another first, ICD Tuglakabad has taken the initiative of improving the logistics efficiency of industry by launching Customs clearance work on Sunday and all public holidays. This facility at ICD TKD is being implemented w.e.f. November 14, 2021 (Sunday) with work hours between 9:30 am to 6 pm.

ICD Tughlakabad (TKD) since 1993, at its present location, was the second Land port to be set up in the country after Bangalore in 1983. It caters to the need of importers and exporters and is the biggest inland dry port of North India. This port handles around 2,50,000 TEUs of Exim Cargo and is well connected with four full length rail lines to Gateway ports such as Mumbai, Nhava Sheva, Chennai, Mundra etc. besides bringing the containers by road from other ports such as Ludhiana, Haldia, Calcutta, and Kandla, etc.

Special Secretary & Member (I.T. & Taxpayer services), Sandeep Kumar,  Surjit Bhujbal, Chief Commissioner, Delhi Customs Zone, along with other senior officers from ICD Tughlakabad, Parpargunj, Air Cargo Complex, Airport, Audit, Appeals, and DG Systems graced the occasion.