procedure for registration of EOU/EHTP/STP units for
clearance of import Goods,
notified by Department of Revenue vide Customs Circular
In various open houses organized by the EPCES at Mumbai,
Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kandla, Cochin, Kolkata
etc EOUs had highlighted a major problem faced by
them in getting themselves registered with the Customs
authorities at the time of import. EOUs had pointed
out that they had to submit around 25 documents for
registration and the registration was taking lot of
time. Not only this, after registration if EOUs were
affecting import from other ports again, they have
to get registered with other port again.
In the open house meeting held in Kolkata on 20-9-05
which was chaired by Shri G. K. Pillai, Additional
Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry and
attended by Shri Onkar Nath, Director General (Export
Promotion), Ministry of Finance, Shri Rahul Khullar,
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry,
it was again emphasized that this needs to be resolved
at the earliest. This was again taken up by EPCES
in the meeting with Revenue Secretary on 5/12/2005
and Revenue Secretary instructed that this needs to
be simplified immediately.
Accordingly now Department of Revenue has issued Circular
No. 51/2005-Cus dated 9/12/2005, copy enclosed, according
to which it has prescribed the simplified procedure
for registration of EOUs. The main highlights of this
procedure are as follows:-
Every unit would be required to submit 6 documents
alongwith the application on the plain paper for
registration. These documents are a) copy of LOP
b) Copy of Private Bonded Warehousing License issued
under Section 58 of the Customs Act, c) Bank attested
signatures of authorized signatories of the EOU/EHTP/STP
unit. d) Passport size photograph of Director/Proprietor/Signatories
and e) Copy of IEC No. (f) copy of green card.
Hence as against approximately 25 documents being
asked now, number of documents have been reduced
Circular categorically says that the customs authorities
shall grant registration to EOUs within 5 working
days from the receipt of the application.
Hence this will reduce time period of registration
from 25 days upwards to 5 days.
The Assistant Commissioner/Deputy Commissioner would
issue the unit a certificate stating that the unit
has been registered.
Once an EOU/EHTP/STP units is registered at one
port of import it would not be required to get itself
registered subsequently in any port of import
Hence this would do away with formalities of
repeated registration with various ports, as per
practice at present.
hope that this would really help all the EOUs to great
extent as this problem has been highlighted by the
EOUs throughout the country.
This is for your information please.
CIR NO. 51/2005 DATE 09/12/2005
procedure for registration of EOU/EHTP/STPS for clearance
of import goods
Representations have been received in the Board that
for clearance of import consignments without payment
of duty, EOU/EHTP/STP units are required to get themselves
registered at the port of Import with the Customs
Authorities repeatedly when imports are made through
different ports. This practice of repeated registration
is stated to be causing delay in clearance of imported
The matter has been examined in the Board. In order
to obviate the problems of the EOU/ EHTP/STP, the
Board has considered to put in place a simplified
procedure for registration. The EOU/EHTP/STP units
after setting up of EOU/EHTP/STP unit, may get themselves
registered at the port of Import(ICD/Airport/CFS etc)
where from the unit expects to import goods duty free.
Every unit would be required to furnish the following
documents along with the application for registration
with the Assistant Commissioner/Deputy Commissioner
incharge of the port of import:
Copy of LOP
Copy of Private Bonded Warehousing License issued
under section 58 of the Customs Act,
(c) Bank attested signatures of authorized signatories
of the EOU/EHTP/STP unit.
Passport size photograph of Director/Proprietor/signatories
Copy of IEC No (f) Copy of green card
4. The application for registration may be made in
plain paper in the form of letter to the Assistant
Commissioner of Customs/Deputy Commissioner of Customs
incharge of the port of import enclosing the above
5. On receipt of the above documents alongwith the
application for registration, the Customs Authorities
shall grant registration to the EOU/EHTP/STP unit
within 5 working days of the receipt of application
for registration. The Customs Authorities in charge
of the port may verify the authenticity of the copy
of the Private Bonded warehousing license or any other
relevant particulars from the jurisdictional Assistant
Commissioner. A letter by registered post may also
be subsequently sent for confirming the authenticity
of the copy of the Private Bonded warehousing license
issued by the Customs/Central Excise Authority. However,
this verification should not be a cause of delay in
issuance of registration certificate. In case the
verification report is not received from the jurisdictional
Assistant Commissioner in charge of the unit within
5 working days, the registration may be granted to
the unit. The Assistant Commissioner/Deputy Commissioner
of Port of Import would issue the unit a certificate
stating that the unit has been registered.
Once an EOU/EHTP/STP unit is registered at one port
of import, it would not be required to get itself
registered subsequently in any other port of import
for clearance of goods duty free. The import consignments
would be allowed clearance on the basis of registration
issued at any port of Import. However, the authenticity
of the registration certificate shall be verified
by the concerned Custom House from port of registration.
All the existing procedure for clearance of imported
goods duty free from the port of Import, as prescribed
by the Board from time to time in respect of EOU/EHTP/STP
unit would apply.
The above, circular may please be given wide publicity
by way of issuance of Public Notice.
Difficulties if any, faced in implementing the above
circular, the same may please be brought to the notice
of the Board immediately.