Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs
Room No.227B, North Block,
New Delhi, dated the 23rd of April, 2021
All Principal Chief Commissioners/Chief Commissioners of Customs/Customs (Preventive), All Principal Chief Commissioners/Chief Commissioners of Customs & Central tax, All Principal Commissioners/Commissioners of Customs/Customs (Preventive), All Principal Commissioners/Commissioners of Customs & Central tax, All Principal Director Generals/Director Generals under CBIC.
Subject: Expediting Customs Clearances for import consignments relating to COVID 19 pandemic —reg.
Reference is invited to letter from Board dated 21.04.2021 wherein it was requested that import of equipments for setting up RT-PCR test labs, medical equipments etc should be cleared on top priority by the Customs (Copy enclosed).
2. Considering the scourge of COVID 19 and surge of cases in the Country, it is an imperative that import of critical raw materials, life -saving drugs etc reach the intended users/beneficiaries in time for effective fight against the pandemic. Hence, it is requested that all Customs formations may be sensitised of the urgency of this matter and may be directed to give high priority for Customs clearances of import of goods relating to COVID 19 pandemic, including oxygen related equipments etc.
Enclosed : As above
Deputy Secretary (Customs)