For clearance of import goods, the importer or his agents have to undertake the following formalities:-
Bill of Entry
It is a document certifying that the goods of specified description and value are entering into the country from abroad.
If the goods are cleared through the (Electronic Data Interchange) EDI system no formal Bill of Entry is filed as it is generated in the computer system, but the importer is required to file a cargo declaration having prescribed particulars required for processing of the entry for customs clearance.
The Bill of entry, where filed, is to be submitted in a set, different copies meant for different purposes and also given different colour schemes. Bill of Entry are of three types :-
Some major importers have been given the green channel clearance facility. It means clearance of goods is done without routine examination of the goods. They have to make a declaration in the declaration form at the time of filing of bill of entry. The appraisement is done as per normal procedure except that there would be no physical examination of the goods. Only marks and number are to be checked in such cases. However, in rare cases, if there are specific doubts regarding description or quantity of the goods, physical examination may be ordered.