The Tariff Commission was
established in September 1997. Bureau of Industrial Costs & Prices
(BICP) was merged with the
Commission in April 1999, to provide in-house support.
The present Tariff Commission is the result of the
refinement and amalgamation of the functions of its predecessor
organizations namely, Tariff Board, Tariff Commission (old),
Bureau of Industrial Costs & Prices.
Commission having a multi dimensional structure of experts who are
technical experts, cost & financial analysts, statisticians and
economists, provides study based inputs for informed decision
making by Government. These studies are based on ground realities
obtained through questionnaires and visits to the study units and
analysis of data both, secondary and primary, collected from the
of the Commission in normation is used in the studies as a tool
for enabling informed decision making and analysing the
data/information from inter-alia competitiveness perspective of
the studied Product/Sector/Industry/Organisation.
Commission inter-alia takes up studies on recommending tariff for
redressing the Inverted Duty Structure of various products
consequent to implementation of several FTAs with a view to
enhance the competitiveness of the particular industry. The
emphasis of the Tariff Commission studies is enhancing the
competitiveness of the domestic manufacturers focusing on areas
delineated in the National Manufacturing Policy
Commission endeavours to deliver study reports with in a definite
time frame in a phased manner so that the findings are real time
and relevant for arriving at policy decisions and not rendered
redundant with the passage of time. This is ensured by phasing the
studies and making them State specific and/or sector/unit/product
Commission as per its mandate does not charge its clients. The
expenditure on the studies is met through the budget provided by
the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion and as such the
clients do not have to provide for the expenditure incurred on the
of the Tariff Commission are confidential between the Commission
and Client Ministries/Departments.
is headed by a Chairman in the rank of Secretary to the Government
of India and assisted by a Member Secretary in the rank of
Additional Secretary to the Government of India.