The Customs Department will take the ease of doing business initiatives to the next level by rolling out the concept of faceless assessment of cargo across the country over the next few months, whereby consignments will be assessed by a virtual group irrespective of where the Bill of Entry is filed. In addition, the Customs Department could consider relaxing the Rs 10-lakh bank guarantee for logistics operators who are keen on acquiring the status of authorised economic operator (AEO) — an entity engaged in international trade and approved by Customs and compliant with supply chain security standards prescribed by the World Customs Organisation.