Mumbai custom is geared up to dispose of IGST Export Refunds under special drive of “Export Refund fortnight”, began on May 31st, 2018 and will continue till June 14th, 2018. The Mumbai Customs is determined to cut down to zero pendency of refund claims. Mumbai customs have asked exporters and traders to visit their jurisdictional customs zones and settle pending claims during the special drive. Mumbai customs is well equipped with dedicated manpower and apt infrastructure to ensure a smooth and accelerated refund sanctioning process. Senior officers of joint and additional commissioner’s level are overseeing smooth functioning on day to day basis to avoid any inconvenience to exporters.
In this regard, a press conference was organised at New Custom House, Mumbai where Rajeev Tandon Chief Commissioner of Customs, Mumbai Zone-I, Vivek Johri Chief Commissioner of Customs Mumbai Zone-II and APS Suri Chief Commissioner of Customs, Mumbai Zone-III, Ms. Sungita Sharma, Chief Commissioner of CGST, Mumbai Zone and S K Das Principal Commissioner of Customs and senior officers of Mumbai Customs addressed the queries related to IGST refund and dwelt at length regarding the efforts undertaken by the department for IGST Refunds for the Exporter and the Taxpayers at large.
Special Refund Fortnight in which Center and State GST officers will strive to clear all GST refund applications received on or before 30.04.2018. All claimants are encouraged to approach their jurisdictional tax offices during the “Special Refund Fortnight” to clear any pending GST refund claims which were submitted on or before 30.04.2018.
IGST refunds are sanctioned based on electronic validation of data declared in the Shipping Bill (which provides proof of export) with that declared in the GST returns (which provides proof of payment of tax) as well as the internal consistency of data submitted in these documents. Exporters have not obtained refunds in cases where data has not been validated successfully because of errors either in the Shipping Bills or the GST returns. From time to time, CBIC and GSTN have analysed the reasons for such invalidations and come up with solutions to overcome them. The following steps have been taken to keep exporters apprised of these solutions so that they may take up their cases for resolution. In most of the cases delay in refund is caused due to error from exporters as they have not filled appropriate details as per prescribed format.
Rajeev Tandon Chief Commissioner of Customs, Mumbai Zone-I Speaking to Mumbai Messenger said “Mumbai Customs is determined to have zero pendency in IGST Export Refunds. My endeavour to you that to reach out to maximum people around in Mumbai zone and spread message far and wide, as refund fortnight is on. The drive is meant for exporters benefit. They should come forward in large number so we are able to process all claims due under export refund. Our entire teams under senior officials are working 24×7 to ensure all refunds claims are cleared on time”.
Initative by Mumbai Customs
· All three zones of Mumbai customs organised more than 20 outreach programs to brief exporters and Export Promotion Councils about the precautions they can take to avoid data errors and invalidations and also how they can be corrected. Public Notices has been issued to describe the kind of errors that have been noticed and to prescribe the procedure for resolving each.
· Exporters and their representatives have been provided the facility of viewing the status of their refund claims on ICEGATE and GSTN so that they may ascertain if there is an error and take remedial action to rectify it.
· The list of claims where errors have been detected has also been published on the websites of respective Custom Houses for exporters to verify.
· Depending on the nature of error, the exporters are required to submit additional documents to Customs / GST authorities. These can be submitted either electronically or physically to special help desks set up for the purpose.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
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