NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has said its revenue laboratories are being upgraded and it has been decided that field formations may forward samples of goods imported or exported to laboratories functioning under other Ministries or Departments.
The CBEC in this regard has come out with a list of facilities for testing samples of some specific goods being imported or exported.
This has been done as part of trade facilitation, the CBEC said in a circular.
"It has come to the notice of the board that due to lack of testing facilities of certain goods in revenue laboratories, there is a delay in clearance of the consignments of these goods due to avoidable movement of samples between customs field formations and revenue laboratories," it said.
The Central Revenues Control Laboratory (CRCL) has identified the items whose samples cannot be tested in their laboratories at present, the CBEC said.
CRCL has also identified the laboratories functioning under the other Ministries, Departments and organisations where the samples could be tested.
The circular further said the revenue laboratories are, presently, in the process of upgradation.
"However, until revenue laboratories are upgraded, as a measure of trade facilitation, the board has decided that field formations may directly forward samples of goods" to suggested laboratories, it said.
In cases of live consignments which cannot be cleared without getting the test reports due to its hazardous nature or for any other reason, "the samples shall be forwarded to the concerned laboratory at the earliest".