Customs tightens scrutiny of international air passengers

2022-08-10 15:46:59 Logistics News (Airlines & Aviation)

International Air passengers will come under scrutiny of customs a day before the board the flight under the new customs regulations that came into force on august 8th

The government has made it mandatory for airlines to share international passengers’ details with the customs department citing ‘risk analysis’.

The decision was taken on august 8th.

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said that every airline is now required to provide Passenger Name Record (PNR) details to the National Customs Targeting Centre-Passenger (NCTC-P) no later than 24 hours before the departure time.

The government said this is being done with an aim to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute offences under the Customs Act.

The passenger’s name record information will include details like PNR, date of reservation, benefit information (like free tickets, upgrades) and an issue of ticket as well as frequent flyer.

The details will also contain payment or billing information, travel itinerary and the travel agency.

With this move, India has now joined the list of other 50 countries that also collect PNR details of international passengers. CBIC also stated that a penalty of Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 will be levied in case an air operator does not comply with the mandate.

It has also been clarified that the passenger information collected by customs will be subject to strict information privacy and protection, in accordance with the applicable law. ‘The PNR details will be retained for a maximum of five years,’ the gazette notification read.

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