A pilot program of the Customs Brokers Licensing Management System (CBLMS) has been launched in the Mumbai customs area, to make the management of customs brokers a fully online process.
The CBLMS aims to minimize the physical interface between customs brokers and the department, standardize procedures, process requests on time and provide accountability.
There are 28 customs brokers associations which have 6,500 customs broker members across India.
Rajiv Talwar, Special Secretary and Member of the Central Board of Excise and Customs, in a letter, said that the establishment of a pan-India CBLMS to infuse ‘Turant’ – an initiative by CBIC to facilitate doing business – aims at faceless, contactless and paperless interactions to better serve the customs brokerage community.
The CBLMS is envisioned as a single portal, accessible to all Jurisdictional Commissioners who license customs brokers, to automate the related work management processes of customs brokers and their cardholders.
To start with, a first customs brokers profile building module was opened in Mumbai in which 54 customs brokers were onboarded with documents/data. Talwar urged associations to reach out to their members for a quick and successful onboarding of their profiles.
Federation of Freight Forwarders Association of India Executive Committee Member Tej Contractor said that CBLMS is an initiative to digitize the customs broker and its operation, currently all processes are done offline. Whether it is a customs pass or a declaration, it can be submitted online. In addition, it will bring uniformity in record keeping across the country, plus the data is now digital, so it is more reliable and remains accessible.
It also gives the board more control, to focus on the department to oversee the operation of the customs broker, even in multiple locations, he said. activity area.
The introduction of CBLMS would facilitate monitoring and put in place a control process for the availability of pan-India data of customs brokers’ CBs and their credentials. This way, the country would move towards a digital platform which would reduce non-serious players in the field, said AV Vijaykumar of Paramount Shipping Services.
Launched as a pilot project at Mumbai Customs, all other customs posts have now issued public notices to complete this process by October 31, he said.