Circular No. 128/95-cus
dated 14/12/95
F.No. 434/ 12/92- Cus. IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Central Board of Excise & Customs, New Delhi
Subject:    Standard set guidelines for appointment of custodian of EPZs/ ICDs/ CFSs.

        The Government have decided that the private sector would also be involved in infrastructure development. Accordingly this sector has been allowed to open CFSs/ ICDs/ CPZs in addition to public sector agencies. The other intention of the Government has been to bring the Customs facilities to the doorstep of the exporting and importing community; therefore, many CFSs/ ICDs/ EPZs have been allowed to be opened in the interior, apart from port towns so as to decongest the ports.

2.    To ensure smooth working of all the facilities, a need was felt to draw up a standard set of undertakings to be given by the custodians before they are so appointed under section 45 of the Customs Act or otherwise. To elicit suggestion from all Commissioners of Customs, a letter of even number dated 11.10.95 was circulated to all Chief Commissioner of Customs & Central Excise, all Commissioners of Custom and some Commissioners of Customs & Central Excise in whose Jurisdiction these facilities are being created. Sub-sequently, this was discussed as an Agenda point in the Conference of Commissioners held at Cochin on 20/21st October, 1995. As per the consensus arrived at in the said conference the set of undertakings has been revised. The revised set of guidelines is enclosed for your ready reference. It may be mentioned that the residential accommodation may be asked for in places where ICD/ CFSs are sanctioned in a newly developed area like Gandhi nagar or New Township created e.g. J.N. Port, and places where we do not have any accommodation.

3.    It is necessary that the major aspirants for custodian ship, i.e. parties wanting to open CFS / ICD or EPZ may be appraised of these requirements through a Public Notice/ Trade Notice.

4.    The need for CFS / ICD / EPZ is first felt by the trade before it is felt by the Department. The trade should also be informed through the Regional Advisory Committee that if they want to avail such opening of CFS /ICD / EPZ they may approach the Commissioner of Customs / Central Excise of the area concerned.

(Vijay Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Guidelines on undertaking to be given by the custodians before being
appointed as custodians of ICDs / CFSs / EPZs