The drawback amount disbursed between April-December was Rs. 115 crore

The Commissionerate of Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax, Coimbatore, has reduced the number of claims for duty drawback pending drastically and it can be brought down to the current month level, A.K. Raghunathan, Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax, Coimbatore Zone, said here on Saturday.

He was speaking at a trade facilitation workshop organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India, and Coimbatore Custom House and Steamers Agents Association.

In April 2012 about 8,200 drawback claims were pending from exporters in this region, which covered Coimbatore, Tirupur and Pollachi. Between April and December 2012, 16,851 new applications were received. In total, there were 25,069 applications. Those disposed were 22,141. “We can bring the drawback claims pending to the current month level,” he said. The drawback amount disbursed between April and December in this region was Rs. 115 crore.

Coimbatore region had five inland container depots and air cargo complex. Coimbatore was mainly an export region and the major import was gold. The number of shipping bills received and the value of export shipments had increased tremendously during the last nine months. The customs revenue from gold imports in 2011-12 was about Rs. 100 crore. This year, between April to December it was Rs. 240 crore.

V.S. Krishnan, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax, Coimbatore Zone, said in the chief guest address that the industry should shift its focus to importance of tax reforms and infrastructure development and commission studies to bring numbers before the policy makers.

The industry should ask for infrastructure development and access to better technology. It should actively commission studies and generate numbers to have useful arguments and substantiate its views. The Government should switch expenditure from subsidies to infrastructure development such as improvement of power, port connectivity, and inland waterway use.

Tax should be simple and neutral and without exemption. That was the principle of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The industry should press for implementation of GST. “All of you should say that the only tax concession wanted is GST.” It would bring down the transaction costs and be a game changer.

Tax payers in Coimbatore now had the e-helpline facility where they could send their query online with PAN number and get a reply in seven working days. The facility had been replicated in other zones in the country. There should be a Directorate of Tax Payer Services, as in other countries, for centralised offering of this service. It was suitable for places like Coimbatore where industries were scattered, he said.


  • In April 2012 about 8,200 drawback claims were pending from exporters

  • Between April and December 2012, 16,851 new applications were received


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