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Chairman CBEC In Order to have Smooth Flow of Goods Across Border There is Need for Increasing Cooperation Betrween Customs and Tax Authorities of Different Countries; Inaugurates Two Day 11th Asia Europe Meeting (Asem) Of the Customs Directors General - Commissioners at Goa; Representatives from 44 Countries Along with European Union and Asean Secretariate Participate in Two Day International Meet

Chairman CBEC: In Order to have Smooth Flow of Goods Across Border , There is Need for Increasing Cooperation Betrween Customs and Tax Authorities of Different Countries; Inaugurates Two Day 11th Asia Europe Meeting (Asem) Of the Customs Directors General - Commissioners at Goa; Representatives from 44 Countries Along with European Union and Asean Secretariate Participate in Two Day International Meet - Dated:- 8-10-2015 - The Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) Shri Najib Shah .....

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ula near Panaji in Goa today. Shri Shah further said that effficient customs controls over international movement of goods lead to the promotion of certainty and predictability. He said that this translates into Customs becoming a key driver in the contribution towards our national socio economic development. In order to achieve this, our emphasis is shifting to automation, single window clearance, and risk management to facilitate the movement of legitimate goods and to focus resources on high- .....

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e, Service tax or Direct taxes are rendered under one roof. Recognizing the primacy of Customs, the Indian government has appointed inter-agency Customs Clearance Facilitation Committees at the local and national level to set trade facilitation on a path of continuous improvement, he added Representatives from 44 countries and two International Organisations European Union and ASEAN Secretariate are participating in two day 11th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) of the Directors' General-Commission .....

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ms made at 11th ASEM Customs Directors General - Commissioners Meeting today in Goa: Directors-General, Commissioners, Mr. Secretary General and our other friend from WCO, Ray , Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, A very good morning to all of you. It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, India and the Central Board of Excise and Customs to the 11th ASEM Customs Directors General - Commissioners Meeting here in Goa. This is all the more special since thi .....

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Europe and Asia closer to each other. ASEM, as we all are aware, is a process encompassing vast areas of international cooperation on issues related to security, environment, WTO negotiations, culture and much more. It complements the existing bilateral and multilateral fora between Asia and Europe and works informally with the objective of enhancing the synergies between two continents. If we peek into the past and see from where ASEM began to where it stands now, we will find that in1996, the .....

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itiative added impetus to the efforts towards the harmonization of Customs procedures in Asia. Priority was also attached to Trade Facilitation and Security through Customs Partnership in ASEM. The fight against counterfeiting at national and international level received a boost in the 6th ASEM at Scotland. Raising public awareness, having the required legislation in place and improving information exchange in this area formed an important pillar for ASEM. The next turning point came with the Yo .....

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nd simplification, capacity building and visibility of ASEM . The need for closer co-operation with the business community was also recognised and 'involving business ' gained ground in our process of dialogue and consultation. These priority areas continued to envelop ASEM in 2011 as well and took the shape of the VIENNA Declaration in 2013 where there was a consensus that the umbrella issues of trade facilitation /combating counterfeiting &Customs IPR enforcement /protecting the So .....

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shows how ASEM has reinvented itself to keep up pace with the momentum of our socio-political change. Now is again time to take stock of the progress in the last two decades and steer our future trajectory of cooperation under the ambit of ASEM. Emerging demands and changing dynamics of growing international mobility of goods and capital , demand greater cooperation amongst Customs Administrations. On one hand we have to mobilize and facilitate legitimate trade and on the other, we have to be at .....

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on high-risk areas. In fact, Customs Administrations have always been agents of change. We are usually the first to adopt new technology in our business processes. For instance, the Indian Customs Administration began to automate its workflow over 30 years back - much before most other Government agencies. Paperless trade is one such initiative that India is committed towards and supports unstintingly. Incorporating the concept into the supply chain would surely be a game changer resulting in en .....

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degree of convergence between digitization of Customs eco-system and the coordinated border management approach. In this digital era, building systems to support digital handshake with every stakeholder (i.e logistics operators, banks, other regulatory agencies) so as to ensure paperless movement of cross border trade is one of the main concerns of every Customs Administration. The maturity of digital handshake with partner agencies within a country would automatically pave way a digital handsha .....

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t up where all taxpayer services be it Customs, Excise, Service tax or Direct taxes are rendered under one roof. Recognizing the primacy of Customs, the Indian government has appointed inter-agency Customs Clearance Facilitation Committees at the local and national level to set trade facilitation on a path of continuous improvement. Collaboration amongst our training institutions can be a significant move towards building requisite competencies amongst our Administrations. Capacity building is a .....

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remain the same and these are very well encapsulated in the ASEM priority areas. The challenge is to deliver and deliver effectively in these areas and ASEM can be an excellent platform in achieving this goal We live in a world where the contours of the world order change rapidly. Customs fraternity needs to remain eternally vigilant. Looking back, I find that prevention of commercial frauds has earlier been one of the areas of concern for ASEM when the Enforcement Working Group was formed. Tod .....

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