Standard Operating Procedure for stepping up of Preventive Vigilance Mechanism by the jurisdictional CBIC field formations and to prevent flow of suspicious cash, illicit liquor, drugs/narcotics, freebies and smuggled goods during elections

The tax authorities shall suitably brief & sensitize their officers about their responsibilities. They shall also forthwith and throughout the elections closely monitor the steps taken by the respective officers to implement the directions of the ECI especially in use of non-monetary inducements (sarees, shirts, caps, scarves, white goods, masks, kitchen items, etc.) and cash to luEstablish a Central Control Room at Hqrs. and a Control Room in each State/ UT concerned.

Karnataka Excise (Excise Duties and Fees) (Amendment) Rules, 2024.

The Karnataka Excise (Excise Duties and Fees) (Amendment) Rules, 2024 details the amendment related to Beer (bottled). It provides the declared price range per case containing Bulk litres of Beer and the corresponding rate of Additional Excise Duty/Additional Countervailing Duty per Bulk litre.

FSSAI & Customs Raids Fizzled Out Beer in Delhi

During the inspection, discoveries were made as a Food Business Operator (FBO) was found harboring a substantial stockpile of 45 metric tonnes of expired beer from a popular brand. With an estimated value of Rs. 1 crore, the expired products were promptly seized by FSSAI.

Ministry of Finance announces Customs Brokers Licensing Examination

The Customs Brokers Licensing Examination, 2024, is scheduled to be held on 19.03.2024. Those qualifying in the written examination will have to appear in oral examination in terms of Regulation 6 of the Customs Brokers Licensing Regulations, 2018, as amended. The pass percentage marks for qualifying in the oral examination will be 60%.

Plant Quarantine (Twelfth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth) Orders

These Amendment Orders have revised the Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) Order, 2003. The Twelfth Amendment Order has revised the points of entry for imports of plants/plant materials and other articles. The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendment Orders have revised the list of plants/plant materials permitted import with additional declarations and special conditions.

Bihar Prohibition and Excise Amendment Rules, 2023

By virtue of the present amendment the fixation of the amount of penalty levied on a seized conveyance would be at the discretion of the Collector or the Officer authorized by him. However the penalty shall not be less than 10% of the insured value of the vehicle, but shall not be more than Rs. five lakh.

Customs (Waiver of Interest) Third Order, 2023

The CBIC is waiving the interest payable for the period from 14th April, 2023 till the date of removal of such system inability and thereafter up to three days (including holidays), in respect of such goods relating to those Bills of Entry.