Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the National Trade Facilitation
Action Plan (NTFAP) which was launched on July 20 aims to align border
procedures with international best practices and improve Ease of Doing
He said that it would not only ensure compliance with the Trade
Facilitation Agreement (TFA) but would also give impetus to trade facilitation.
The Finance Minister was speaking when Dr Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General,
World Customs Organization (WCO) called on him in his office in North Block in
Delhi on July 21.
Mr Jaitley said that this Action Plan gives a time bound map, not only for
implementing TFA, but also for India’s initiatives for trade facilitation and
Ease of doing Business which goes beyond TFA.
The Action Plan was released by the Finance Minister Shri Jaitley on
July 20 in the national capital. Both the leaders discussed various other
issues relating to Customs and Trade Facilitation.
Dr Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, WCO appreciated the various
initiatives taken by the Indian Customs to facilitate trade particularly the
release of the National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP).
While praising the massive reforms undertaken by the present Government in
the Indian Taxation System including implementation of GST, Dr Mikuriya said
that the efforts made with regard to outreach and capacity building before
implementation of GST in India can be emulated by many other countries.
Dr Kunio Mikuriya mentioned about World Custom Organisation working with
G-20 on illicit financial flows. He sought Indian support for the study on
illicit financial flows and plugging of trade based money laundering.
Dr Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, WCO is on a two day official visit to
India. Earlier, he along with the Chairman, CBEC, Ms Vanaja N Sarna addressed
the workshop on “Trade Facilitation Agreement – Learning from Implementation
Experience” at FICCI Federation House.
This Workshop was jointly organised by the CBEC, FICCI and World Bank to
share Global experience and Indian perspective on best practices in Trade
Facilitation. International experts from WTO, World Bank and other countries
participated in the said workshop.
Mr Mikuriya spoke about how WCO is helping many countries in implementation
of TFA through their Mercator Programme. He specifically appreciated TFA plus
category in India’s Action Plan.
In her Address, Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs, Ms Sarna
said that as we start the journey in the new era of one nation, one tax, one
market, the national trade facilitation action plan will prove to be a
milestone as well as a barometer of orientation from a regulatory taxation
regime to that of one committed to facilitating legitimate trade.
During the course of the day, Secretary General, WCO had separate meetings
with Revenue Secretary, GOI, Secretary DIPP, GOI, Chairman and members of CBEC