Customs revenue up
The Customs Department has increased surveillance at the Visakhapatnam International Airport to check gold smuggling and also started profiling the frequent international travellers , said principal Commissioner of Customs Mr. C. Rajendrian, IRS.
Speaking to presspersons on the occasion of International Customs Day, Mr. Rajendrian said in the last financial year, Visakhapatnam customs zone, which covers all the districts of Andhra Pradesh contributed a revenue of Rs. 6,847 crore to the nation’s exchequer. This financial year, up to December 2015, the customs zone revenue collection was Rs. 5,394 crore, registering a year-on-year growth of 12.3 per cent in the first three quarters of the current financial year.2015-16.
In the last financial year, Visakhapatnam Customs contributed a revenue of Rs, 4,516 crores to the exchequer. This year up to December 2015, customs revenue collection is Rs.3,659 crore, registering a year-on-year growth of 5.5 per cent in the first three quarters of the current financial year.
He added that for the benefit of the duty payers Customs Department had introduced many new initiatives. Earlier, Custom House, Visakhapatnam celebrated the International Customs Day in which officers and staff of the department, importers, exporters, Custom House agents, custodians of cargo and representatives of several public sector enterprises participated.
Speaking on ‘Digital Customs: Progressive Engagement’ Pr. Commissioner of IT-I, Visakhapatnam, Mr. B.G. Reddy suggested that the procedures of customs Department can be further fine-tuned taking the industry needs into account.
Mr. Rajendrian suggested that the gap between industry and education be bridged.