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  • 05 Nov 2019
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The Ministry of Finance has launched two Information Technology (IT) initiatives - ICEDASH and ATITHI.

  • ICEDASH- For improved monitoring of customs clearance of imported goods.
  • ATITHI - For facilitating arriving international passengers.
  • Both the initiatives have been developed by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).


  • It is an Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) monitoring dashboard of the Indian Customs that will help public see the daily customs clearance times of import cargo at various ports and airports.
  • It will help the businesses in comparing clearance times across ports and thus plan their logistics accordingly.
  • It has been developed in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre (NIC).


  • It is an easy to use mobile app for international travelers to file the Customs declaration in advance.
  • Passengers can use this app to file declaration of dutiable items and currency with the Indian Customs even before boarding the flight to India.
  • It would encourage tourism and business travel to India.

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

  • CBIC is a part of the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance.
  • It deals with the tasks of formulation of policy concerning levy and collection of Customs, Central Excise duties, Central Goods & Services Tax, Integrated GST (IGST) and prevention of smuggling.

National Informatics Centre

  • NIC of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology provides network backbone and e-Governance support to the Central Government, State Governments and UT Administrations.
  • It was established in 1976 and is located in New Delhi.

Source: PIB

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