New Delhi, dated the 4th March, 2010.
Subject: Implementation of the provisions of COTP Act, 2003 and The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008”- Empowering the Customs & Central Excise Officers – regarding
Please refer to the Board’s Circular No. 896/16/2009-CX dated 01.09.2009, issued on the above referred subject matter. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has amended the Notification dated 30.07.2009 [S.O.1866 (E)] vide Notification dated 06.01.10 [S.O.23 (E)] (copy enclosed). The effect of the Notification is that the officers at the level of Superintendents and above of the Customs & Central Excise department are empowered for entry, search and seizure only at the premises registered under the Central Excise & Customs. Therefore, officers are not empowered to enter, search etc. for premises which are not registered with the department for carrying out any act under the COTP Act, 2003.
2. Trade & Industry as well as field formations may be suitably informed.
3. Receipt of this circular may kindly be acknowledged.
4. Hindi version will follow.
(Amish Kumar Gupta)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
(Central Board of Excise & Customs)