Our Strategy

Evolving Co-operative Initiatives


In the sphere of facilitation and regulation of International trade, several agencies apart from Customs, have a role to play. We believe that trade with other countries can be enhanced only when these agencies act in concert and mutual cooperation. Similarly, in the area of border control we recognise the role of the Border Security Force and the Coast Guard.

At the International level too, cooperation with the World Customs Organisation and the World Trade Organisation to bring about greater harmonisation of Customs procedures and other trade related policies is identified as a clear need. Another area where cooperation amongst various countries involved in International Trade is called for is combating commercial frauds and smuggling of narcotics.

The initiatives identified in order to achieve these objectives are:-



Establishing durable working partnership with Airlines, Shipping Lines, Custodians and other Agencies and Organisations involved in cargo clearance.


Evolving minimum standards through mutual consultations

with various Agencies to reduce delays in the release of Import/Export Cargo (such as standards for time taken for filing of Manifests by the carriers, prior notice of arrival of goods to importers, for filing of goods declaration by Customs Agents, presentation of goods for examination by the custodian, etc.).


Co-operating with custodians at airports in setting up separate facilities for clearance of express consignments imported/ exported through the courier mode.


Co-operating with State Governments and other concerned agencies in developing and improving the infrastructure facilities for clearance of cargo at land Customs stations and other inland locations.


Evolving a uniform nomenclature based on the Harmonised system for levy of Customs and Excise duties, export and import trade policy and trade statistics.


Instituting and operating formal consultative mechanism with Director General of Foreign Trade/Ministry of Commerce for introducing or making changes in export and import trade policies.


Entering into Mutual Administrative Assistance Agreements with the Customs Administrations of other countries in terms of the Nairobi Convention.

Central Excise

As in the area of 'international trade', cooperation amongst various agencies concerned with domestic industry and trade is a clear need for effective monitoring of the trade pattern and for trade facilitation. The Income Tax Department, Sales Tax Department, the local Octroi Authorities, Police and the Department of Industries possess information useful for the Excise Department. This information can be effectively utilised for combating tax evasion as well as for streamlining and for eliminating duplication of documentation and database. Common documents can be evolved to satisfy the requirements of various tax laws and also reducing the burden of reporting by the trade and industry to various agencies.

The initiatives identified in this regard are:-



Establishing a working partnership with other tax collecting departments.


Entering into mutual administrative assistance agreement with other law enforcing agencies.


Establishment of commercial data exchange mechanism with other agencies using the common Business Identifier Number.


Development of common documentation system that satisfies the requirements of various trade related legislation.