Date 25-Nov-2005 Issuing Authority Indian Customs
Instruction Number 06/2005 Authority Type Instruction
Subject Non acceptance of Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate


Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Excise & Customs


November  25th, 2005

Subject:- Non acceptance of Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate reg.



 The undersigned is directed to bring to your attention to a Policy Circular No. 32(RE-2005)/2004-09 Dated, the 21st November, 2005  on the issue of non acceptance of the Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificates issued by following Inspection and Certification agencies,- 


1.      M/s. Gulf Inspection International Co. (KSC), Kuwait.

2.      M/s. Alex Stewart International Corporation, Rotterdam.

3.      M/s. BSI Inspectorate Ltd. Essex.

4.      M/s. Shin Nihon Kentei Kyokai, Japan.

5.      M/s. Intertek Group Plc, London.

6.      M/s. Bureau Veritas, Madagaskar.

7.      M/s. WLSI Group and Affilates, USA.

8.      M/s. American Assessors (India) Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad.


      DGFT is undertaking a thorough investigation against these agencies and will decide the matter after following due process of issue of show cause notice, order before deciding on delisting them from approved Inspection and Certification Agencies in Appendix-5.  The above public notice mentions that certificates issued by these agencies will not be accepted by Customs till a final decision is taken by DGFT in the matter. However, consignment of metallic scrap where the Bill of Lading is 1st December or earlier and where certificates have been issued by these agencies will be cleared by Customs with 100% inspection in terms of Custom Circular No. 56/ 2004- Cus dated 18.10.2004.


2.         In view of above, you are requested to issue suitable instructions to field formations that the consignments of metal scrap would be subject to 100% examination in case of pre-shipment inspection certificate is issued by above agencies and where the Bill of Lading is issued on or before 01.12.2005. In case the goods are found to be mis-declared or found to violating the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962 or Foreign Trade Policy, then only the adjudication proceedings/ penal action need to be initiated.


Anupam Prakash

Under Secretary to the Government of India

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