I have written a couple of articles in detail in the same website about the mechanism of export customs clearance and procedures on export. I have written about - ‘What happens, once cargo for export moved out from exporter’s factory’ with the procedures and formalities to be complied with the authorities. You may read the same also to have a deep knowledge on the subject, as I have mentioned in simple language to understand for beginners of international trade.
Here let us learn, when can an exporter gets EP copy of shipping bill. The exporter receives exchange control copy of shipping bill with exporter’s copy of shipping bill immediately up on completion of export customs clearance formalities. Exchange control copy of shipping bill has to be submitted with their authorized dealer bank, in turn bank sends the said exchange control copy of shipping bill to Reserve bank who monitors inward and outward remittance of the country.
Although exporters obtain exchange control copy (EC copy of shipping bill) and exporters copy of shipping bill duly signed by customs authorities to let for export the goods to foreign country, such EC copy and exporter’s copy is not treated as a proof of export.
Why EC copy of shipping bill or exporter’s copy of shipping bill is not treated as proof of export by customs or other government authorities.
As you know, the meaning of ‘export’ is to move goods to a place outside the country. This means, the goods intended to export need to be moved outside country. So, while issuing EC copy of shipping bill or exporter’s copy of shipping bill, the goods may not have moved out of country as such shipping bill is only a proof of completion of customs clearance formalities and permission to move the goods from the country.
Here the question is, when can an exporter eligible to obtain EP copy of shipping bill.
Before answering this question, let us find out – why EP copy of shipping bill is required for an exporter. Why can not manage with EC (exchange control) copy of shipping bill or exporter’s copy of shipping bill.
All government agencies accept EP copy of shipping bill as a proof of export as one of the documents. This EP copy of shipping bill issued by customs department declares that the goods mentioned in the documents have been exported. Exporters are eligible for various export benefits from different agencies including financial assistance and Export promotion copy of shipping bill need to be submitted with them along with other documents.
How long will take to issue EP copy of shipping bill after obtaining EC copy of shipping bill or after completion of customs clearance. Let us find the mechanism of procedures after completion of export customs clearance procedures. What happens to the cargo, once after handing over necessary shipping bills to shipping company, as proof of completion of customs clearance.
Once after receiving shipping bill as proof of completion of export customs formalities, the shipping company as carrier of goods arranges to move the said goods to the destination where exporter wants, as per shipping documents mentioned. The goods are moved out of country by road, rail, air or sea. In most of the export business transactions, the goods are moved either by air or sea. Once after crossing the territorial border of the exporting country, the carrier of goods (shipping company) must file the details of goods exported with the customs department. Such details are mentioned in a specified format advised by customs department which is called ‘Export General Manifest’ EGM. Filing of EGM is mandatory and Export General Manifest is a legal document to be filed by shipping carrier with customs department, once goods crossed border of the country. The shipping carrier (vessel owner or his agent, aircraft owner or his agent, freight forwarders, consolidators ) mentions the details of vessel/aircraft or other carrier, quantity, number of pieces, description of goods and other required information specified by the authority in EGM.
Once after filing of such EGM by shipping carrier who moved goods out of country, the exporter or his authorized customs broker can apply for obtaining EP copy of shipping bill with customs. If the shipment was effected in a custom location where shipping bill filed manually, the exporter or his customs house agent can submit necessary export promotion copy of original shipping bill and obtain approval from customs department by mentioning EGM details. If the shipment was effected in a customs location where EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) facility is available, exporter or his customs house agent can apply to obtain copy of print from EDI and arrange to get approval (endorsement) on such hard copies of EP copy of shipping bill by mentioning the details of EGM.
Now you would have come to know the answer on your question – How long will take to get EP copy of shipping bill after releasing EC copy of shipping bill. In a nutshell, EP copy of shipping bill is obtained once after movement of goods out of territory border of exporting country and after filing of Export General Manifest (EGM) with customs by shipping carrier who moved said goods.
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