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`Provide hassle-free Customs clearance'

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, FEB. 11. The Chief Commissioner of Customs (Preventive), Tamil Nadu Zone, Heera Radhakrishnan, today exhorted the appraising officers fraternity to uphold the image of the Customs department, especially in the eyes of the trading fraternity.

"The need of the hour is to provide a hassle-free clearance and at the same time earn laurels to the Department, achieving the revenue targets", Mrs. Radhakrishnan said inaugurating the XXVIII annual convention of the All-India Customs Appraising Officers' Federation.

She said trade facilitation and enforcement of law should be the prime concerns of officials, especially those of the appraising wing, who had direct interface among the trading fraternity.

J.K. Batra, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Chennai Zone, wanted the appraising officers to keep abreast with the changing economic scenario, especially at a time when the department was on the threshold of introducing self-assessment risk management and making it more Internet-friendly.

`Improve knowledge'

B.S.V. Murthy, Additional Director-General, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Chennai, urged the appraising officers to improve their knowledge base and take bold decisions for speedy clearance of goods.

K.S. Nair, Commissioner of Customs (Imports), Seaport, Chennai, M. Ajitkumar, Commissioner of Customs (Exports), Seaport, Chennai, C. Rajan, Commissioner of Customs (Airport), Chennai, offered felicitations.

The annual convention, which is being hosted by the Chennai Customs Appraising Officers' Association, would deliberate on the career prospects of appraisers, examiners and issues pertaining to service conditions, welfare of the employees and coordination with the administration in improving the overall efficiency of Custom Houses across the country.

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