Welcome To Goa Customs
The Early Days
- The Customs Administration in Goa was organized under the Royal Decree of 23rd June, 1894 of the erstwhile Portuguese Regime.
- In 1954, it was re-designated as Directorate of Customs Services’ headed by the Director of Customs Service who was responsible to the Governor General of the then regime.
- After liberation of this territory on 19.12.1961 the above arrangement persisted till 01.10.1963.
- On this date by virtue of Notification no. 184/63 dated 01.10.1963, the Collectorate of Customs and Central Excise came into being.
- During the transition period, i.e. from 19.12.1961 to 01.12.1963, matters relating to Customs were looked after by the Lt. Governor of Goa who was assisted by the Customs adviser.
Administrative Development Over The Years
- A Collector was posted to re-organize and merge the prevailing set up in the Indian Administration. Experienced staff from different cadres was drawn to ensure a smooth change over and to guide the employees who had been absorbed.
- The Customs Collectorate carried on import and export activities from Marmagoa and Betul minor ports.
- Marmagoa Port was given the status of a major port soon thereafter and a Port Trust was set- up by the Ministry of Shipping & Transport.
- Central Excise activities were limited only to man the Minor Ports and the oil installations at Vasco-da-Gama.
- Over the years, both Customs and Central Excise have grown sizably in relevance.
Customs Organisations are all over the world are tasked with the twin challenges of securing the borders from unlawful trade and at the same time facilitating the legitimate trade.
Trade security and facilitation is one of the key determinants for the economic
development of the countries.
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