TRADE  NOTICE :  126 / 2003                                                                                                             Dated: 4.9.2003

Sub: -  Self-sealing of export goods- Board’s circular No. 736/52/2003-CX dated 11.08.200 – Reg.

Copy of   Board’s   Circular No. 741/57/2003-CX,  dated: 2.9.2003(F.No. 201/1/2003-CX-6) is communicated herewith.

The contents of the Trade Notice may be brought to the knowledge of all constituents members of Trade Associations /Chamber of Commerce.

  (Issued from file C.NO.IV/16/ 4  /2003-C.Ex.Pol )                                                                           


//ATTESTED//                                                                       (D.P. NAIDU)

                        JOINT COMMISSIONER OF  C.EX.



As per mailing list   I, II, III / All  Sections in  Hqrs.,  Trichy.

Copy of   Board’s   Circular No. 741/57/2003-CX,  dated: 2.9.2003

Sub: -  Self-sealing of export goods- Board’s circular  No. 736/52/2003-CX dated 11.08.2003 – Reg.

           I am directed to refer to Board’s circular No. 736/52/2003-CX dated 11.08.2003 on the above mentioned subject  in which the facility of self-sealing and self- certification of export goods has been extended to all categories of manufacturer-exporters subject to fulfillment of procedure prescribed therein. Consequent to issuance of this circular, doubt has been raised as to whether the facility of self-sealing of export goods is applicable to exports made to Nepal and Bhutan in view of specific requirements of sealing of export goods by Central Excise officers in notifications issued under rule 18 and rule 19 of Central Excise Rules, 2002  for export to Nepal and Bhutan.

2.         The matter has been examined by Board. It is observed that Notification No. 45/2001-CE (NT) dated 26.06.2001 issued under rule 19 of Central Excise Rules, 2002 governs the procedure of exports under bond to Nepal and Bhutan. Clause (iii) of sub-para (1) of Para 2 of the said notification is reproduced below:-

 “the Superintendent or Inspector of Central Excise having jurisdiction over the factory, warehouse or any other approved premises shall verify the identity of the goods with reference to description mentioned in the invoice and the particulars of the duty payable but for export, and if found in order he shall seal the consignment , tank or container with Central Excise seal or in such other manner  as may be specified by the Commissioner of Central Excise and endorse each copy of the export invoice in token of having such verification and examination done by him”.

Similarly, clause (b) of para 4 of Notification  No. 40/2001-CE(NT) dated 26.6.2001 issued under rule 18 for  export of goods on payment of duty to Nepal interalia prescribes that the goods under exportation to Nepal shall be sealed by the jurisdictional Central Excise Officer. It may be seen that vide Board’s circular dated 11.8.2003, no change in the procedure of sealing of the goods under exportation to Nepal and Bhutan has been made.

3.         It is, therefore, clarified that Board’s circular dated 11.8.2003 granting self-sealing and self-certification facility to all manufacturer-exporters shall not be applicable to exports to Nepal and Bhutan since such exports are governed by the specific procedure prescribed by  relevant notifications.  

Vijay Mohan Jain
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India