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All goods imported into India have to pass through the procedure of customs for proper examination, appraisal, assessment and evaluation. This helps the custom authorities to charge the proper duty and also check the goods against the illegal import. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) is the apex body for customs matters. Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) is a part of the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

Customs Duty is a type of indirect tax levied on goods imported into India. Customs department has been empowered for levy and collection of duty on imports, import/export procedures, prohibitions on importation and exportation of goods, penalties, offences, etc. It deals with the task of formulation of policy concerning levy and collection of customs duties, prevention of smuggling and evasion of duties and all administrative matters relating to customs formations.

The Board discharges the various tasks assigned to it, with the help of its field organizations namely the Customs, Customs (preventive) and Central Excise zones, Commissionerate of Customs, Customs (preventive), Central Revenues Control Laboratory and Directorates. It also ensures that taxes on foreign and inland travel are administered as per law and the collection agencies deposit the taxes collected to the public exchequer promptly.