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World Customs Organisation recognizes CRCL, New Delhi as Regional Customs Laboratory for Asia-Pacific Region

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Central Revenues Control Laboratory gets recognised as a RCLWorld Customs Organisation (WCO) has recognized the Central Revenues Control Laboratory (CRCL), New Delhi, which functions under the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) as a Regional Customs Laboratory (RCL) of the WCO for the Asia-Pacific Region.

  • On this behalf, a virtual signing ceremony was held in which M Ajit Kumar, Chairman of CBIC & Mr Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of WCO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
  • With this recognition, CRCL will join a select group of Customs Laboratories in the region like those in Japan & South Korea.

Purpose of RCL

  • To conduct Capacity Building programs in the field of Chemical Analysis & conduct information exchange in Customs chemical analysis field & other scientific matters.
  • It will also help in chemical analysis for tariff classification &   identifying illicit drug trafficking routes through signature analysis.
  • Improvement in Chemical analysis will mean increase in revenue collection, smoother trade facilitation & better protection of public health & society.

Central Revenues Control Laboratory (CRCL)

  • It was established in 1939.
  • It is the headquarters of 14 Revenue Laboratories, including 2 laboratories working at Government Opium & Alkaloid Works, Ghazipur (Uttar Pradesh) & Neemuch (Madhya Pradesh).
  • Around INR 80 Crore has been spent on upgrading the CRCL Laboratory. It now has instrument based testing to facilitate faster clearances without compromising on law enforcement.

Recent Related News:

i.June 16, 2020, CBIC Chairman M. Ajit Kumar launched the ‘e-Office’ application in over 500 Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and customs offices across India, on 15th June at New Delhi. The e-Office is a Mission Mode Project(MMP) under the e-Governance of India.

About Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC):

Previously known as Central Board of Excise & Customs, CBIC is a part of the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

Chairman – M Ajit Kumar
Head Office – New Delhi

About World Customs Organisation (WCO):

Members – 183
Secretary General – Kunio Mikuriya
Headquarters – Brussels, Belgium