The present Tariff
Commission was constituted through a Government
Resolution in 1997. Subsequently Bureau of Industrial
cost & Prices (BICP) was merged in the Tariff
Commission. The Commission is headed by an officer in
the rank and pay of Secretary to the Govt. of India.
Tariff Commission is located within the Department of
Industrial Policy & Promotion in the Ministry of
Commerce & Industry.
Tariff Commission having a multi
disciplinary structure of experts in the field of
science & technology, cost & financial analysis,
statistics and economics, provides research based inputs
for informed decision making by Government, based
on in-depth study using data on ground realities
collected from field.
The Department of Industrial Policy &
Promotion after the review of role of Tariff Commission
by the Hon'ble Commerce & Industry Minister has decided
to strengthen the Commission to enable the Commission to
continue to provide useful inputs for informed decision
making by the Commerce and Industry Ministry with regard
to manufacturing and other Ministries of Government of
India. The Tariff Commission is actively involved in
Inverted Duty Structure studies on products which are
undertaken to support the 'Make in India'
initiative of the Government and 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
Tariff Commission is the only Government
organization which has the know-how and expertise of
using the tool of normation for informed decision making
across the board for different sectors of the industry.
Normation is based on assessment of achievable
efficiencies i.e optimal capacity utilization,
productivity parameters of respective inputs (such as
man, material, energy and machine) taking into account
technologies and manufacturing processes etc. Normation
analysis thus can be used to benchmark sectors /units
for enhancing their competitiveness.
Tariff Commission endeavours to deliver
study reports within 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 specific.
Tariff 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
The Reports of the Tariff Commission are
confidential between the Commission and Client