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NBR to launch e-clearance to faster export, import

  • Published at 10:46 pm October 24th, 2019
File photo of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) office in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The NBR will implement the project to materialize the government's vision to offer hassle-free and faster online services to importers and exporters with reduced cost

The revenue board has initiated a project titled 'National Single Window (NSW)' to faster export and import activities through efficient port and customs services.

The Window once came into operational, it would help improve the export-import services and ease of doing business index of the country, said a senior official at the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

The NSW would enable online 'e-clearance' aimed at reducing working days from the current eight to a single day, he added.

Under the project, dedicated operating software will be employed to deliver integrated online services by some 18 agencies including customs, ports, banks, Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Plant Quarantine Wing of Department of Agriculture Extension.

The agencies concerned are involved in import and export approval procedures, among other roles.

The NBR will implement the project to materialize the government's vision to offer hassle-free and faster online services to importers and exporters with reduced cost. 

A proposal to hire internationally accredited consultants to design and recommend software programming for launching the 'e-clearance system' is set to be placed at the meeting of the cabinet committee on government purchase (CCGP) on November 6 for approval.

Jewel Ahmed, Additional Commissioner of Customs and Deputy Project Director of NSW, told Dhaka Tribune on Thursday that the project's physical progress would begin after getting approval from the cabinet meeting.

He said the NSW would significantly increase the ability of ports in clearing foreign cargoes in reduced time and cost.

The NSW deputy project director said (South) Korea Customs Service (KCS) had introduced the e-clearance system long ago and now completed each export clearance process in two minutes and each import clearance in two hours.

The World Bank (WB) is financing $74 million to implement the project. The cost of consultancy service procurement is estimated at  $4.5 million.

He said the deadline for completing the project was June 2020, which might require an extension up to June 2023.

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