Giving a fillip to India’s ease of doing business strategy and simplifying the trade across borders parameter Vizag customs has been at the forefront of implementing some of the following schemes:
- E-Sanchit facility in Import & Export Clearance
- Direct Port Delivery and Direct Port Export
- Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Programme
- “Turant” Customs – next generation reform for ease of doing business
- ECTS for Nepal bound cargo
‘The Vizag customs department has reached 100% digitization’ said Dr DK Srinivas, Customs Commissioner speaking to Vizag Industrial Scan.
The Vizag customs collections for the fiscal ending 2018-19 stood at Rs 22770 crores registering a whopping 65% increase over the previous year.
He further informed that an increase in the exchange rates and rise in import prices of commodities has led to this growth in revenue collections.Customs officers at the Visakhapatnam International Airport seized 3.326 kgs of gold valued at Rs. 124.77 lakhs pertaining to 14 cases and 1 person was arrested. Two persons were arrested by Customs Officers at Krishnapatnam Port, in a case of outright smuggling of foreign origin cigarettes into the country valued at Rs.2.88 Cr by declaring them as Nuts and Bolts.
Simplifying Trade with Nepal
On request of the Nepal Government, the transshipment procedure was simplified under Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) with effect from August 2018 which drastically reduced the time taken for transshipment (from Visakhapatnam to Birgunj) from 100-120 days to 7-10 days now.