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Central Board of Excise and Customs

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Formed  26 Jan 1944
Governing body  Government of India
Federal agency  India
Central Board of Excise and Customs
Employees  19,137 (Gazetted Officers) & 53,754(Non Gazetted Officers)
Legal personality  Governmental: Government agency
General nature  Federal law enforcement Civilian agency

The Central Board of Excise and Custom (Hindi:केंद्रीय उत्पाद एवं सीमा शुल्क बोर्ड) is the nodal national agency responsible for administering Customs, Central Excise, Service Tax & Narcotics in India. The Customs & Central Excise department was established in the year 1855 by the then British Governor General of India, to administer customs laws in India and collection of import duties / land revenue. It is one of the oldest government departments of India.


Currently the Customs and Excise department comes under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. The agency is staffed by IRS officers who start their careers as Assistant Commissioners in the field and within 20–25 years rise to the post of Chief Commissioners, with a few senior most officers who become Members of CBEC / CESTAT / Settlement Commission.

The Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) is headed by Chairperson CBEC and consist of six Members of CBEC.

  1. CBEC Chairperson - Mr. Najib Shah, IRS
  2. Member Budget - Mr. Ram Tirath, IRS
  3. Member Customs - Mr. B.K. Bansal, IRS
  4. Member Service Tax - Mr. K.K. Sharma, IRS
  5. Member Central Excise - Ms. Neerja Shah, IRS
  6. Member Personnel & Vigilance - Ms. Vanaja N. Sarna, IRS
  7. Member Legal & IT - Ms. Ananya Ray, IRS


  • Central Excise
  • Customs
  • Customs (Preventive)
  • Service Tax
  • Tax Payer Services
  • Associated Agencies

  • Directorate of Revenue Intelligence
  • Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence
  • Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU-IND)
  • Directorate General of Inspection of Customs & Central Excise
  • National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics
  • Central Economic Intelligence Bureau
  • Directorate General of Vigilance
  • Directorate General of Audit
  • Directorate General of Export Promotion
  • Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal
  • Directorate General of Service Tax
  • Opium & Alkaloid Department
  • Economic Intelligence Council
  • Enforcement Directorate
  • Central Bureau of Narcotics
  • Duties

    CBEC looks after Excise, Service Tax and Customs.

    Central Excise & Service Tax

    1. Collection of Excise Duty & Service Tax.
    2. Collection of Customs Duty on Land Customs Station, Inland Container Depots (ICD's), Special Economic Zones (SEZ's) & Container Freight Stations (CFS's).
    3. Prevention of Smuggling through Land Customs Station & Border Check Points.


    1. Collection of Customs Duty on International Airports, Seaports, Custom Houses, International Air Cargo Stations & International ICD's.
    2. Prevention of Smuggling on International Airports & Sea

    Central Bureau of Narcotics

    1. Collection of Narcotics Duty in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh & Rajasthan.
    2. Prevention of drug trafficking and the abuse of illegal substances.


    Ranks of the Customs & Central Excise Department

    Union tax laws enforced by the Customs & Excise departments

    1. Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of 1989)
    2. The Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986)
    3. Customs Act, 1962
    4. Customs Tariff Act, 1975
    5. The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940
    6. NDPS act, 1985
    7. Finance Act,1994 (service tax act)

    In fiction

    1.A TV serial on Sony Channel was aired on every Thursday, named 'Powder', a production of Yashraj pictures. it was based on Customs Department & Narcotics Department. 2.Customs Diary is a 1993 Malayalam film by T. S. Suresh Babu starring Jayaram and Mukesh in the lead roles.


    Central Board of Excise and Customs Wikipedia

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