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Procedure for Clearance of Steel Imports in India

The process of custom clearing goods can be a difficult one to  even for professionals handling import and export.

This post is aimed at simplifying the understanding of the procedure for clearance of Steel Imports in India.

Acronyms Used:

IEC – Import Export Code from Director General of Foreign Trade ( DGFT)

NICNET – National Informatics Centre Nationwide Communication Network

EDI – Electronic Data Interchange

RES – Remote EDI System

ICES – Indian Customs EDI System

CHA – Customs House Agent

B/E – Bill of Entry

The imported goods before clearance for home consumption or for warehousing are required to comply with prescribed Customs clearance formalities.

The CHA/Importer has to ensure the following documents are received at their end before filing a bill of entry.

  1. Signed Invoice
  2. Bill of Lading
  3. Packing List
  4. Material Test Certificate
  5. Certificate of Origin
  6. Insurance document
  7. CHA/ Importers signed declaration ( in the prescribed format)


RES enables CHAs/ Importers to file the import report from their own offices. The CHAs are not required to visit the customs office to file the import report or bill of entry.

RES can be downloaded and installed by CHAs/ importers using the website. The first step is to get registered and get a ICEGATE ID before using RES.


Flow chart of Sequence of processes involved in custom clearing goods:

IEC code for Importer from DGFT

CHA / Importer submits declaration + invoice+ packing list online in RES

Checklist              If there are any errors, correct them

If no errors are found, upload the signed check list

Bill of Entry number is generated and information is sent to customs house

Group Appraiser assesses Bill of Entry

Audit Appraiser assesses Bill of Entry

Audit is approved by Assistant Commissioner – TR-6 is printed

Duty Payment at the bank

Examination of goods by Shed/ Dock Appraiser

Out of Charge is issued


CHA/ Importer can track the Bill of Entry using RES at any point of time and can reply to queries from customs house online and raise queries in case of any issue.

Once the self declaration / self assessment of goods is submitted through RES and after successful submission of signed check list, the Bill of Entry then appears in the screen of the respective Group Appraiser. The Group Appraiser then assesses the Bill of Entry on the system and marks it to the Audit Appraiser. After the Audit is complete, the Bill of Entry appears in the screen of the concerned Group Assistant Commissioner. This assessment is then approved by the Asstt. Commissioner concerned, TR-6 is printed at the Service Centre for payment of duty. The Examination Order is also printed along with the TR-6 Challan.

If the Appraiser does not agree with the importer regarding tariff classification / notification / declared value etc., he can raise a query in this regard. The Importer/CHA has to enquire at the Service Centre whether there is any query in respect of their Bill of Entry and should reply to the same through the Service Centre if there is any.

TR-6 is the challan for payment of duty with the banks.  The duty is to be paid through the designated bank. Online payment of duty is also available. Upon receipt of duty payment, bank endorses the payment and issues it to customs house.

After payment of the Duty, the Bank enters the same into the system at a terminal at their end. Then the Bill of Entry appears on the screen of the Appraiser (Docks). The Importer/CHA should present a copy of the bill of entry along with duty paid challan and other original documents including invoice, packing list etc. at the time of examination of the goods to the examining officer.

The Shed Appraiser shall examine the goods and enter the examination report in the system. After the examination of the goods is complete, the Appraiser (Docks) would give the “Out of Charge” order on the system. Thereafter, the system will print two copies of Bill of Entry for the importer and the Exchange Control Copies.

In case of any discrepancy found in the docks with respect to the goods, the same is reported to the respective Group through the system with the comments of the Dock Officers. On the basis of the examination report and the comments of the dock officers, the Group may revise the assessment or may raise a query.

Import Duty table :




Existing Custom Duty

1 Pig iron



2 Semis



3 Bars & Rods



4 Structurals



5 HR Sheets/plates (Non Alloy)



6 HR Coils (Non Alloy)



7 CR Coils/sheets (Non Alloy)



8 GP/GC Sheets (Non Alloy)



9 HRGO/HRNGO (Non Alloy)

72.08 72.11


10 HR/CR alloy steel (flat rolled) other
than items of Headings No. 72253090,
72254019, 722550 and 72259900


11 Flat Rolled Alloy products of heading
7225 3090, 72254019, 722550 and


12 Tinplates W/W and TFS seconds

72.10 72.12


13 Defectives CR/coils



14 Stainless steel HR coils for coin blanks



15 Melting scrap (iron, steel & stainless steel)



16 Re-rollable scrap