Corruption in Customs - Input Needed on Root Causes

Below are the key corruption issues in Indian Customs as outlined by you. Kindly review them and help identify root causes for these Issues. We will review solutions separately.

Transparency International India

Corruption in Customs - Key Issues

1. The jewelry declaration process is tedious and acts as an open invitation to corrupt practices
2. While bringing LED TVs from Dubai, the custom officials ask for bribes to let off the taxes
3. The custom postings for big ports/cities is literally auctioned
4. The customs officers delay inspection of Cargo under various pretext, till they are offered money
5. Many times classifications of goods are unnecessarily questioned even after the paperwork is complete
6. When customs clearance is delayed, the importers face high demurrage charges. To avoid this, the clearing agent pay bribes out of their commission
7. Shipping agents work as conduit in bribery to custom officials
8. International Relocation companies pay bribes to customs officials in every relocation
9. Custom officers take bribes to undervalue the consignment to save on taxes
10. Food containers are passed without the samples being tested
11. The paperwork can be drastically reduced if the customer is ready to pay up. more  

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As long as the import duties are high the scope for corruption will continue. The need is to reduce duties to a level which compels importers and the custom officials to not indulge in unlawful practices. This will also result in faster clearances and do away with corrupt practices at all stages. more  
1.When police, Legal paternity and Government official says something against the public,it is taken for granted that they are only correct. But inmost day today happenings these agencies are at fault and favoring people who pay for them. It is the common people who suffer and become responsible for proving it
2. A person, may be history sheeter, heving criminal record, becomes elected representative, what ever he say only listened by police and other autorities
3.Like wise, any public complains about customs,police and other authorities shall be taken as truth. then to some extent the corruption will come down. more  
The strength of staff in IB, CBI, RAW etc to be increased and closely monitor the Customs/Police personnel deployed at Airports. Intelligence should closely watch the functions like marriages etc performed of the kith and kins of such staff posted to attend to sensitive areas. If so there may be little improvement in this area. more  
If we have honest FM who instills fear in bureaucracy and there is severe punishment for corrupt officials then only India can have corrupt free customs and excise. Till then everything will be on paper only. more  
Super fast charges in indian railways
Trains are labeled super fast and each passanger has to shell out charge for it unnecessarily. Look back at many super fast trains. They take nearly same time to reach the destination ten years back too. THEN WHY SUPERFAST CHARGES ? more  
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