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PUBLIC NOTICE NO. 15 /2009
Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, New Delhi, Instruction dated 02.04.2009 issued in the file no. 450/19/2005-CUS.IV is reproduced below for the guidance of the Importer, Clearing Agents and the Trading Public which is already available in the website www.cbec.gov.in
Air Cargo Complex, Chennai 600 027.
(C. JULIAN ANDREW)
ADDL. COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Revenue)
Central Board of Excise & Customs
159-A, North Block,
New Delhi-110 001.
2nd April, 2009.
of the provisions of Phytosanitary requirements under
the Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into
Sir / Madam,
Your attention is invited to the Board’s Circular No.39/2004-Customs dated 3.6.2004 on the subject mentioned above, wherein, it was stated that the newly introduced sub-clause 20A of Clause 3 of the Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) Order, 2003 had entered into force w.e.f. 1.9.2004.
2. In terms of the above provisions, no article, packed with raw or solid wood packaging material shall be released by the proper officer of Customs unless the wood packaging material has been appropriately treated and marked as per International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15 or accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with the treatment endorsed. The instructions also provided that the proper officer of Customs shall grant release of such articles packed with untreated wood packaging material only after ensuring that the wood packaging material has been appropriately treated at the point of entry under the supervision of Plant Quarantine Officer.
3. However, during a recent meeting with the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, it was pointed out that the cases of phytosanitary non-compliance to the ISPM-15 requirements in respect of packaging material are not being reported to the Plant Quarantine authorities. It has also been reported by them that disconcerting reports of rejection of our export consignments on phytosanitary grounds have been noticed. In view of the above, you may like to instruct the Customs Officers to report the non-compliant cases to the concerned Plant Quarantine Station / authorities for necessary action.
4. In this regard, it is
stated that ISPM-15, the Standards prescribed for wood packaging material describes
about the phytosanitary treatment or measures
required to be taken to reduce the risk of introduction and/or spread of
quarantine pests associated with wood packaging material (including dunnage), made of coniferous and non-coniferous raw
wood. As regards imports, sub-clause 20A
of Clause 3 of the Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into
5. In view of the above, the instructions of the Board contained in Circular No.9/2004-Customs dated 3.6.2004 regarding checking of wood packaging material in the imported consignments are reiterated and it is requested that the cases of non-compliance to the standards of ISPM-15 may be reported to the concerned Plant Quarantine station / authorities for taking necessary action.
6. The field formations as well as trade and industry may be suitably informed.
ASST. COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS