Visit to India as part of the WCO Revenue Package programme

07 March 2011

Visit to India as part of the WCO Revenue Package programme

India, 1-3 march 2011


WCO Deputy Secretary General, Sergio Mujica, visited India Customs from 1 to 3 March 2011 as part of the WCO Revenue Package programme which aims to assist Customs administrations in the area of fair and efficient revenue collection.

Work has now commenced on an Action Plan which has been endorsed by the WCO’s Policy Commission. The challenges faced by many countries in the application of the WTO Valuation Agreement has been identified as the major issue on which Members are requesting further assistance in respect of revenue collection.

Meetings were held with the Chairman of the Central Board of Excise & Customs, Mr. S. D. Majumder, and other key personnel in both Delhi and Mumbai. The WCO delegation also included Guzman Manes, the Deputy Director General of Uruguay Customs and current Chairperson of the WCO Technical Committee on Customs Valuation.

The visit primarily focused on a study of Indian Customs’ valuation database system as such databases may be of use as a risk assessment tool that forms part of a broader risk management programme.

Other valuation control programmes will be studied to establish good practices which can be actively promoted as part of the Revenue Package programme.