The government presents IT initiatives for faster customs clearance

NEW DELHI: The government presented two new IT initiatives on Monday, ICEDASH & Atithi , for improved monitoring & pace of customs clearance of imported goods.

These initiatives will also facilitate arrival. international passengers with e-filing of baggage & currency declarations.

Launching the initiatives, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman lauded the measures taken by the central board of indirect taxes & customs (CBIC) to leverage technology for providing better taxpayer services", according to an official release.

She also mentioned that the significant improvement in India's global ranking in the trading across border is in no small measure on account of the information technology (IT) & other reforms carried out by CBIC.

The minister expressed optimism that both ICEDASH & Atithi would be key drivers for further improvement especially as they reduce interface & increase transparency of customs functioning.

Atithi , she added, would in particular create a tech-savvy image of India's customs & would encourage tourism & business travel to India.

ICEDASH is an 'ease of doing business (EoDB) monitoring dashboard' of the Indian Customs helping public see the daily customs clearance times of import cargo at various ports & airports.

With ICEDASH , Indian customs has taken a lead globally to provide an effective tool that helps the businesses compare clearance times across ports & plan their logistics accordingly. This dashboard has been developed by CBIC in collaboration with NIC, the release said.

ICEDASH can be accessed through the CBIC website.

With Atithi is a mobile app for international travelers to file the customs declaration in advance.

Passengers can use this app to file declaration of dutiable items & currency with the Indian customs even before boarding the flight to India. Atithi is available on both, iOS & Android.