ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE (EDI))
The Indian Customs EDI System (ICES) now operational in 19 major Customs Stations envisages electronic filing and capturing of declarations regarding goods. Members of the trade, importers, exporters, airlines, shipping lines etc., are required to file their declarations i.e., Bills of Entry, Shipping Bills, Import and Export General Manifests electronically, either from their respective office premises (for those who have established connectivity either through NICNET or any other Value Added Network service provider), or through the Service Centers established for this purpose. Messages are also exchanged with other Government agencies, Trade Promotion organizations, Port authorities, Airports Authority of India, Container Corporation of India, Container Freight Stations and other Customs Warehouse operators
The Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is simply a set of data definitions that permit business forms, that would have been exchanged using paper in the past, to be exchanged electronically. This simple set of definitions has spurred a number of organizations to put in place an operational environment in which the exchange of electronic business forms substitutes for the exchange of paper forms. This has resulted, in some cases, in the establishment of an EDI environment, which arguably represents the most advanced state of electronic commerce today, causing some to view EDI and electronic commerce as one and the same. We view EDI only as a subset of electronic commerce, albeit a very important one. As such, EDI provides an excellent example of a working electronic commerce environment and is a good starting point for examining electronic commerce.
The basic documents for transaction of business will be taken only once by one agency and other agencies will take the information from that agency, electronically, avoiding the need to either physically take the document from one office to another or keying in the data again and again involving the attendant problems of manual labor and errors creeping in at each stage of data entry.
EDI IN CUSTOMS CASE
NOTE:- AT PRESENT ONLY GPPL PIPAVAV IN THE COMMISSIONERATE ESTABLISHED WITH EDI SYSTEMS HAS STARTED FUNCTIONING WITH FILING OF NON DUTIABLE WHITE SHIPPING BILLS W.E.F. 01/05/2010. THE PUBLIC NOTICE NO. 05/2010-11/CCP/JMR DATED 28-04-2010 ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS (PREV) COMMISSIONERATE, JAMNAGAR, MAY BE REFERRED TO.