"We shall endeavour to ensure that modern technologies, such as Block Chain, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, -based track and trace mechanism become essential tools which will be available to all customs administrations.
"We need to work towards active deployment of non-intrusive inspection and detection technique at sea ports, airports, borders...," Ramesh said at an event organised by Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) and CII.
Stating that it is imperative to harness technological advancements considering the large trade balance, he said there is no alternative than to adopt technology for the objective of facilitating trade and checking revenue loss.
"What we now require is to remove the bottlenecks in trade to have faster release time and have lower cost, and to enhance competitiveness and business opportunities.
"There is a need to enable every customs administration to coordinate in a timely manner not only with other border agencies, but also with international partners. It is fact that inter-state coordination in trade matters can increase compliance and reduce potential errors, thereby loss of revenues," Ramesh said.
WCO represents 182 Customs administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98 per cent of world trade. As the global centre of customs expertise, the WCO is the voice of the international customs community.
As the vice-chair for the APAC regions, India will encourage greater communication and connectivity within the region so that the perspectives can be shared.
"Apart from workshops, we will use modern technological tools, e-platforms and video conferences to facilitate vibrant communication. In the area of communication, we strive towards full implementation of Single window which will usher in inter-operability among stakeholders. We have encouraged sharing of information among all members to promote globally networked customs," he added.
To this effect, India will host the WCO Policy Commission meeting in Mumbai on December 3-5, 2018.
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