Custom House Agent (CHA) is a person who is licensed to act as an agent for transaction of any business to the entry of import and export of goods such as hot rolled steel coil at any customs station. A CHA manages detailed and up-to-date accounts. CHA can be any person who holds a valid license which is issued by commissioner of Customs under section 146 of the Custom Act 1962. CHA license can be temporary or permanent. Basically, CHA is a person who has acquired a license to act as an agent for transaction of any business related to transportation or import/export of any goods at any custom station. Mostly, the businesses that import or export don’t knowledge about rules and regulations of the government, thus an agent is appointed to act on their behalf. All duties performed by the CHA are administered by a government body known as “Customs House Agents Licensing Regulations”.
Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible to become a custom house agent, a candidate should:
Regular: Regular License is non-transferable. Regular license is valid upto 5 years. This license may be renewed by an application which is made by commissioner of the license before the expiry of the validity period. 3000 rupees fees is required for renewal of the license. A temporary license holder is eligible to get a regular license on a condition that the holder must be qualified in the written as well as in oral examination. An applicant must qualify the examination within a period of two years with maximum of three chances from the issuing of temporary license. After qualifying examination, he can apply to the commissioner in the prescribed form. He also required to pay the prescribed fees of 5000 rupees. And also required to execute a bond in the prescribed form. An applicant must satisfy following conditions to issuing regular license:
Temporary: Temporary license is about 1 year. For this an applicant must execute a bond on forms D and E. It is transferrable. Temporary License is issued by commissioner of customs in the month of january every year with specifying last date for receiving the applications. For issuing a temporary license an applicant must satisfy following conditions:
Temporary License is granted for a period of one year. This period can be extended by another six months also. This extension is granted for giving the third chance for qualifying in the examination.
If somebody has temporary license, they have around one year to become a regular license holder. It is done by passing an examination, which is held twice a year. If a candidate could not pass the examination by the end of their first year, they may be granted one year or six month extension to for further attempts. This extension allowed for those candidate who carry a set level of work during their time as a temporary license holder. Maximum three attempts allowed to a candidate for passing the examination.