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Revised Guidelines for Arrest and Bail in relation to offences punishable under Customs Act, 1962
October, 26th 2015

Circular No. 28/2015-Customs

F.No.394/68/2013-Cus (AS)

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Excise & Customs

(Anti-Smuggling Unit)


New Delhi, dated 23.10.2015


All Chief Commissioners of Customs,

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All Chief Commissioners of Customs , Central Excise and Service Tax,

All Chief Commissioners of Central Excise and Service Tax,

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Subject - Revised Guidelines for Arrest and Bail in relation to offences punishable under Customs Act, 1962-


Attention of the field formations is invited to the guidelines for arrest and bail in relation to offences punishable underCustoms Act, 1962 issued vide F. No. 394/71/97-Cus (AS) dated 22.06.1999 and F. No. 394/68/2013-Cus (AS) dated 17.09.2013. The threshold limit (s) specified in the guidelines issued on 17.09.2013 has been further streamlined in accordance with guidelines issued for launching of prosecution in relation to offences punishable under Customs Act, 1962 vide Circular No. . . . . . . . . ./2015 [F .No.394/68/2013-Cus (AS)] dated 23.10.2015.

2. Accordingly, the para 2.3 of the existing guideline issued vide F. No. 394/68/2013-Cus (AS) dated 17.09.2013. shall read as under:-

"2.3 While the Act does not specify any value limits for exercising the powers of arrest, it is clarified that arrest in respect of an offence, should be effected only in exceptional situations which may include:

(a) Cases involving unauthorized importation in baggage/ cases under Transfer of Residence Rules, where the CIF value of the goods involved is ₹ 20,00,000/-(Rupees Twenty Lakh) or more;

(b) Cases of outright smuggling of high value goods such as precious metal, restricted items or prohibited items or goods notified under section 123 of the Customs Act, 1962 or offence involving foreign currency where the value of offending goods is ₹ 20,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Lakh) or more;

(c)In a case related to importation of trade goods (i.e. appraising cases) involving wilful mis-declaration in description of goods/concealment of goods/goods covered under section 123 of Customs Act, 1962 with a view to import restricted or prohibited items and where the CIF value of the offending goods is ₹ 1,00,00,000/- (Rupees one crore) or more;

(d) Fraudulent availment of drawback or attempt to avail of drawback or any exemption from duty provided under theCustoms Act, 1962, if the amount of drawback or exemption from duty is Rs. l,00,00,000/- (Rupees One Crore) or more. In cases related to exportation of trade goods (i.e. appraising cases) involving (i) wilful mis-declaration in value / description ; (ii) concealment of restricted goods or goods notified under section 11 of the Customs Act, 1962, where FOB value of the offending goods is ₹ 1,00,00,000/- (Rupees One Crore) or more.

e) The above criteria of value mentioned in sub para 2.3 (a) to 2.3 (d) would not apply in cases involving offences relating to items i.e. FICN, arms, ammunitions and explosives, antiques, art treasures, wild life items and endangered species of flora and fauna. In such cases, arrest, if required, on the basis of facts and circumstances of the case, may be considered irrespective of value of offending goods involved."

3. The Chief Commissioners/Director Generals are hereby directed to circulate the present guidelines to all the formations under their charge. Difficulties, if any, in implementation of the aforesaid guidelines may be brought to the notice of the Board.

Yours faithfully,

(AC. Mallick)

Under Secretary to the Government of India


Monthly Report on Persons Arrested under the Customs Act, 1962 (excluding NDPS Act) in a Zone

Sl. No.

Name Designation and Age of the person arrested   

Date of arrest (dd/mm/yyy)

Commissonerate/DRI Concerned (Location Code)

Description and value of the seized/ detained goods (Rs. In Cores)

Amount of Duty evaded (Rs. In Corers)

Role in evasion smuggling of goods and nature of evidence collected  

Appraising case/outright smuggling case

































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