Vanaja N. Sarna, Chairman

DO No.15/CH(EC)/2017 Dated 30th June, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

In the midst of great enthusiasm to usher in the new tax regime of GST, I am very happy to inform that the competent authority has approved the proposal for considering empanelment of 1988 to 1993 batches to Joint Secretary level in the Government of India. Further action as required is being taken.

The transfer and posting order of 2008 batch, recently promoted to the grade of Joint Commissioner, has been issued on 27th June, 2017. As indicated in the order, all CCs/DGs may ensure that the officers are relieved to join their new place of posting not later than 7th July, 2017.

On the GST front, all necessary notifications pertaining to GST have been issued. You may like to go through them carefully and ensure that all officers and staff keep thoroughly informed of the various

This week on 28th June, 2017, the Revenue Secretary through a video conference took a review of GST preparedness of both Centre and State tax administrations. Also on 29th June, 2017, I along with all the Members of the Board took stock of our GST preparedness. Given the feedback received from you, I am happy with the progress we have made for a smooth roll out of GST. On the same day, the Hon’ble Finance Minister also held a meeting with the representatives of Trade and Trade Associations where he took stock of industry preparedness for the GST and urged them to pass over the benefits of GST to the consumers.

As you are aware, IGST and GST Compensation Cess would be leviable on all imports from 1st July, 2017. Necessary changes in the law, rules and regulations in this regard have been carried out by the Board. Directorate of Systems has also modified Customs application to handle new forms of Bills of Entry and Shipping Bills. The Customs wing has also issued a Guidance Note for Importers and Exporters which is available on the Departmental Website. The Guidance Note encapsulates changes in import duties, valuation and method of calculation of duties, export promotion schemes, drawback, refund and clearance procedure. The same may kindly be gone through. All the Chief Commissioners in charge of Customs formations in their zones must ensure a smooth transition into GST for the importers, exporters and other stakeholders.

The roll out of GST is just a few hours away. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for the tremendous effort put in by each of you to ensure the successful roll out of this new tax regime. I am aware that post GST there would be issues which would need our immediate attention and action. I am sure that together we are ready to tackle all such issues.

Today at midnight, the single biggest tax reform in the history of the nation becomes a reality when GST is launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in the august presence of the President of India at a function in the Central Hall of Parliament. Let us together celebrate the GST day with great fervour and take immense pride for being a part of this historical event.

With Warm Wishes

Yours sincerely,

(Vanaja N. Sarna)


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