The erstwhile Bangalore Customs zone was created on 17.11.1997 with the posting of Shri N Obhrai as the first Chief Commissioner of Customs & Central Excise, Bangalore Zone. A separate Customs Zone has been carved out of this zone w.e.f. 01-11-2002 as per Notification No.14/2002 (as ammended). The Zonal office is located at Bangalore.
The jurisdiction of this Zone originally
comprised of the States of Karnataka & Kerala. The jurisdiction of the Zone
has been revised and now consists of only two Commissionerates of Bangalore
Customs and Mangalore Customs in Karnataka State Vide Notification No.
26/2008 - Customs (N.T) dated 12.03.2008. The territorial jurisdiction of
the Zone extends to the whole of Karnataka. In addition there are two
Commissioners (Appeals) in this Zone located at Bangalore & Mangalore, who
are independent Appellate authorities dealing with appeals filed against the
orders of the officers lower in the rank to that of a Commissioner. A bench
of Customs, Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT), which deals
with appeals against orders passed by the officers of the rank of
Commissioner, is also set up in Bangalore.
In the jurisdiction of this Zone there are two International Airports
located at Bangalore & Mangalore & one major sea port at Mangalore, besides
a number of minor ports. There is one Air Cargo Complex & one Inland
Container Depot at Bangalore.
The Chief Commissioner exercises supervision and control over the Customs Commissionerates of this Zone and is responsible for monitoring revenue collection, disposal of pendencies, redressal of grievances etc. The Chief Commissioner also ensures greater coordination among the Commissionerates within the Zone and more effective interaction with the Central Board of Customs & Excise, New Delhi. Further he also discharges certain statutory functions bestowed on him under the Customs statute.