FFFAI delegation led by Shankar Shinde, Chairman, FFFAI, welcomed the Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, IRS, on August 29, 2023, at the Board office in Ministry of Finance, North Block, New Delhi.
The delegation was participated by FFFAI Chairman Elect Dushyant Mulani, Vice Chairmen Rajesh Verma, and Amit Kamat, Hony. Secretary Vinod Sharma, Hony. Treasurer Sudhir Aggarwal and Advisor S. Ramakrishna. The primary objective of meeting was to update on trade facilitation through speedy Customs Clearances.
Agarwal has a strong background in the Ministry of Finance itself. An officer of the 1988 batch of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Indirect Taxes), he has worked in various capacities in Customs, Central Excise, Service Tax, and GST field formations. He has diverse experience working in intelligence and investigation formations of the Department, as well as Directorate handling IT backbone of the Department.
He headed the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) prior to his elevation to the Board. He has also headed the Directorate General of Systems prior to that. He has vast experience in heading major Custom Houses and Air Cargo complexes at Chennai, Kandla, and Mundra Ports. He remained instrumental in piloting many new initiatives for Ease of Doing Business at these locations.
The FFFAI delegation was happy to welcome the new Chairman, CBIC, which was a good opportunity to interact with him. The FFFAI leaders highlighted the measures to enhance Customs clearances through various joint initiatives on Policy reforms, Faceless assessment, IT Hardware and Software Systems, streamlining Participating Government Agencies (PGAs) under SWIFT towards Ease of Doing Business (EODB), Time Release Study (TRS), Training and Skill Development in EXIM Trade and to present a paper in achieving Government endeavors.
The FFFAI Chairman highlighted the milestone achievements of FFFAI pertaining to the facilitation of exim trade during the last 61 years, since its inception in 1962.