The ban imposed by the Karnataka government on export of iron ore has its impact on the revenue of Customs, Central Excise, and Service Tax unit here during 2010-11. Customs duty realisation from Krishnapatnam Port has come down substantially because of the ban. Tax on ‘port services' too fell steeply. As a consequence, there is a shortfall of Rs. 33.36 crore in customs duty. The total customs revenue realised in 2010-11 is Rs. 538.64 crore as against the target of Rs. 572 crore.

The realisation of central excise and service tax stands at Rs. 345.90 crore and Rs. 270.16 crore respectively as against the targets of Rs. 351 crore and Rs. 308 crore.

Addressing mediapersons here on Friday, C.P. Rao, who took charge as Commissioner two days ago, said the target for customs duty revenue in 2009-10 was Rs. 227 crore and the realisation was Rs. 230.19 crore.

Efforts were being made for better coordination with other governments departments to prevent evasion of central excise and customs duties and service tax,he said.

National project

Besides, the computer servers of the Department of Customs, Central Excise, and Service Tax were planned to be hooked up with that of the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau. Being a national project, this would take four to five years for completion. On the service tax front, the slump in realisation was due to shifting of business of Nellore–based Girijapathi Reddy & Co (site preparation and clearing services) to Hyderabad and lower payments on account of auctioneering services rendered by the Tobacco Board.

Mr. Rao said awareness programmes were being conducted in his jurisdiction (West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, and Nellore districts) for the purpose of augmenting the revenues and taking penal action against defaulters.

Assistant Commissioner (Prevention & Intelligence) S. Ramesh Babu, Superintendent M. Nagarajum, and inspectors Sitaramaiah and Ananda Babu were present.