E sealing- Export containers


Meaning of E sealing in export container 


What is E sealing in export containers? What are the data to be entered in E seal? Is E seal entered data can be modify or delete?


CBIC (Central Board of Excise and Customs) has discarded with factory stuffing of containers under the physical supervision of an official of Department and qualified exporters are currently entitled to self-seal their export containers by using an electronic seal. Electronic sealing of containers can be adopted only for fully loaded container that is sealed at an approved premise, by an authorized exporter. If a full container load is received at a port or ICD with electronic self-sealing RFID, then it would be deemed to be the equivalent of a container sealed under the supervision of an Official. E-sealing will replace self-sealing done by exporters


The exporters who were availing sealing at their factory premises under the system of supervised factory stuffing will be automatically entitled for self-sealing procedure.   Exporter desirous of availing this procedure shall inform the jurisdictional Custom Officer for permission for self-sealing at the approved premises. Once the permission is granted, the exporter shall furnish only intimation to the jurisdictional Superintendent or Customs each time self-sealing is carried out at approved premises.


An e-seal is a sealing device with RFID chip inside it which can be read by enabled devices via fixed reader, handheld reader or any other mode. Each e-seal has a unique RFID tag which contains electronically stored information. The custom officer at the gateway port would verify the integrity of the seals by using reader-scanners which are connected to the Data Retrieval System of the Vendor. RFID seals should confirm to ISO 17712:2013(H) and ISO/IEC 18000-6 Class 1 Gen 2. According to specifications set by the CBIC, the electronic seal should be a RFID tamper proof one-time bolt seal, bearing a unique serial number, which has to be procured by the exporters at their own cost for use in self-sealing.


IEC and Factory stuffing or Self Sealing permission is compulsory for purchasing of e-seal from the vendors.IEC (Importer Exporter Code), Shipping Bill Number, Shipping Bill Date, E-seal number, Date of sealing, Time of sealing, Destinations Customs station for export, Container Number and Trailer-Truck Number are to be entered mandatorily in the e-seal through web based module or application provided by the respective vendor to the exporters. The data once confirmed with e-seal can not be modified or deleted.


Exporter can block the e-seal allotted to him, if he does not want to use it. E-Seals are designed like the conventional bolt seal so as to give the same experience and ease of sealing a container, which the exporter has been accustomed to. Just push the bolt into the cap and you are done. Typically, an e-seal is sold with two separate parts packed together and care must be taken that parts which are packed together only are used with each other.


Manufacturer exporters and merchandise exporters, are covered under this and the seals are available with Government identified vendors. Exporters need to register on the portal and they can also track the movement of the goods.


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