The customs revenue collection in the Thiruvananthapuram Commissionerate has shown a growth of 55 per cent compared to the previous year, Customs Commissioner C.M. Murugan has said.

Addressing the Customs Day celebrations here on Tuesday, Mr. Murugan said the gross customs revenue collection from April 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013 was Rs.51 crore, as against the Rs.32 crore registered from April 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012.

The target for 2012-2013 was Rs.40 crore, which was achieved in November 2012 itself, he said.

Mr. Murugan pointed out that the main customs formations under the commissionerate were the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, the Air Cargo complex and the two minor ports at Vizhinjam and Thangassery in Kollam district.

The growth of 55 per cent was possible with the help of the Airports Authority of India, the Kerala State Industrial Enterprises and other stakeholders, including the Central Industrial Security Force and the airline operators, he said.