Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

Int’l Customs Day today

The International Customs Day will be observed in the country today (Wednesday) as elsewhere in the world with the theme “Expansion of Digital Customs through Information Culture Development and Information Ecosystem Building”.

Marking the day, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) will organize a seminar tomorrow at InterContinental Hotel in the city, said NBR Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem at a press conference at the NBR building in the city's Segunbagicha area on Tuesday, reports BSS.

Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzak, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Md Jashim Uddin will be present at the seminar.

Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem said the day will be observed with the aim of improving the customs service by using the digital platform during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He mentioned that the concerned officials and employees of the three departments of the revenue board -- income tax, customs, and VAT-- have been working tirelessly during this COVID-19 period for ensuring smooth flow of the country’s export and import trade.

Necessary steps are being taken to ensure that international trade is not disrupted in any way due to the new variant of corona, he added.

Replying to a question, the NBR chief said NBR will take action if it receives any specific allegation of harassment against revenue officials over value-added tax (VAT), customs, and income tax.

“One or two of our officers may have made mistakes or acted irregularly. But file specific complaints and see if we take any actions or not," he said.

He informed that the revenue from the custom duty witnessed a 22.44 percent growth during the first half (July-December) of the current fiscal year (FY22) compared to the corresponding period of the last fiscal year (FY21).

"The revenue from the custom duty totaled Taka 41,194 crore during the first half (July-December) of the current fiscal year (FY22)," he mentioned.