The Indian Customs on 13th December 2017 celebrated the Enactment Day of Customs Act, 1962 across the country. To mark the occasion, The Mumbai Customs commemorated Enactment Day of Customs Act, 1962 in glittering event held at Dayashankar Auditorium in New Custom House at Bellard Pier in Mumbai. In the enactment day celebration, two panel discussions were hosted. Senior Officers of Customs formations and representatives of trade were present in large number.
Chief Commissioner of Mumbai Customs Zone 1, Rajeev Tandon in his opening remarks emphasised on ease of doing business and role of Customs in it. Vivek Johri, Chief Commissioner, Nhava Sheva gave the concluding remarks.
In first round of panel discussion titled topic ‘Facilitation Vs Compliance – Balancing the tight rope’. Eminent personalities like S.K. Vimalnathan, Commissioner Customs, Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist in Aditya Birla group, Neeraj Bansal, Dy. Chairman JNPT, Pramod Sant, Vice President Siemens and Shri Suresh Nayar, Partner in E&Y participated in panel discussion on topic ‘Facilitation Vs Compliance – Balancing the tight rope’.
In first round of panel discussion various initiatives like AEO programme, RMS, Direct Port Delivery system and single window facility etc. were discussed. Pramod Sant highlighted the issue of re-import of material for repair and need to reduce its scrutiny. Neeraj Bansal talked about future plan of port trust in building new warehouses. While everyone was focusing on digitisation, Vimalnathan expressed the necessity of filing error free information by the trade in the system for ease of doing business. As per Ajit Ranade, the department, off late has really taken a series of measures towards facilitations. Seema Jere Bisht, Commissioner Customs, was the moderator for the discussion.
In second round of panel discussion titled ‘Futuristic Customs Vision 2022’, eminent participants were Sanjay Mahendru, Commissioner GST, Tushar Jani from Blue Dart, Shantunu Bhandarkar, President MACCCIA, Mark Farnandes, Director IMC, Himanshu Tiwari from Deloitte and Om Hisariya were present for discussion.
The panel discussion touched various issues like enabling International Customs network, infrastructure in and around port, block chain technology, artificial intelligence, Cyber security and efficient human capital. Mark Fernandes said that “winds are changing, India is opening doors”. Mr. Sameer Bajaj was the moderator for the discussion.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist