New Delhi: Sunil Kumar Das, IRS (C&CE:86), Member, Principal Bench, Customs & Central Excise Settlement Commission, New Delhi has been appointed today (1 July 2019) as Chairman, Customs & Central Excise Settlement Commission.
The appointment of Das will be effective from the date he assumes charge till he attains the age of 62 years or until further orders.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on 28 June had approved the appointment of Das as Chairman, Customs & Central Excise Settlement Commission.
WCO Council Annual Sessions
The Directors General of the 183 World Customs Organisation (WCO) Member Customs administrations met as the WCO Council, the Organization’s supreme decision-making body, in Brussels, Belgium from 27 to 29 June 2019 to take stock of what had been done since it last met and to map the road ahead for the next financial year, driven by the will to build a stable, predictable, safe and transparent trade environment.
During the WCO Annual Session, Chairman of Central Board of Excise & Customs Pranab Kumar Das was elected Director of the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate along with Taeil Kang of Korea, who has been elected Director of the Capacity Building Directorate. Both will join the Secretariat in January 2020. Additionally, Dicksons Collins Kateshumbwa, Commissioner of Uganda Customs, was elected as the next Chairperson of the Council.
The Council discussed issues relating to the WCO’s different areas of work: the Harmonized System, rules of origin, Customs valuation, enforcement, facilitation and capacity building.
Among the important tools discussed and adopted by the Council was the 2022 version of the Harmonized System. Some notable amendments are new headings or defining Notes for new or major technologies (3D printers, smartphones, drones and novel tobacco products), electronic waste (e-waste), various gases with high global warming potential, rapid diagnostic kits for Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, new fentanyl opioid derivatives, cultural articles, edible oils produced by microbes, edible insect products and minimally processed quinoa.
The Council endorsed an E-Commerce package and agreed to continue developing additional technical specifications. To further enhance Customs-Post cooperation, the Council adopted the “Joint WCO UPU Guidelines on exchange of electronic advance data between Posts and Customs.” An implementation strategy, an action plan and a capacity building mechanism aimed at ensuring the widespread adoption and implementation of the Framework of Standards were also adopted.
In addition, the Council adopted the new WCO Strategic Plan for 2019/2022 with its nine priority areas, namely coordinated border management, security and safety, the Revised Kyoto Convention, e-commerce, the Harmonized System, the Capacity Building Strategy, performance measurement, integrity, and digital Customs and data analysis.