After the Financial Consolidation of Part B States with effect from 1.4.1950, the States of Travancore and Cochin were brought under the control of the Collector of Central Excise, Madras, for the purpose of collection of Central Excise and Customs duties. The Malabar area, in north Kerala, was already under the administrative jurisdiction of the Collector of Central Excise, Madras, before 1.4.1950 as a part of the Mangalore Central Excise formation.
On 1.5.1960, a separate Collectorate was formed, based at Cochin, under a Collector of Customs & Central Excise having control over two wings: Cochin Custom House and Central Excise and Cusoms. In May, 1983, the Custom House, Cochin and the Collectorate of Central Excise, Cochin being placed under a Collector of Customs and a Collector of Central Excise respectively.
The next major change was when the jurisdiction of the Cochin Central Excise Commissionerate was bifurcated on 16.7.1997 and a new Commissionerate of Central Excise, Cochin-II (later renamed as Commissionerate of Central Excise, Calicut) was formed having jurisdiction mainly of the northern part of Kerala while Cochin Commissionerate retained it’s jurisdiction over the rest of Kerala. In early 1999, the headquarters of the new Commissionerate was shifted to Calicut.
Finally, in 2002, as part of cadre-restructuring, the Commissionerates of Central Excise, Cochin and Calicut were further re-organised and a new Commissionerate was formed at Trivandrum having jurisdiction over the southern part of Kerala. As part of the restructuring, the anti-smuggling formations all over Kerala which were earlier under the respective Central Excise Commissionerates were brought under a new Commissionerate of Customs (Preventive) with its headquarters at Cochin. During this year, the Central Excise Commissionerates in Kerala which had hitherto been under the administrative control of the Chief Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise, Bangalore were brought under the control of the newly created post of Chief Commissioner of Central Excise, Cochin.
The Headquarters of the Commissionerate is at Cochin. There are five Divisions in the Commissionerate, three located at Ernakulam including one division exclusively dealing with Service Tax, and one each at Muvattupuzha and Kottayam. Each of these Divisions is headed by a Deputy/Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise. The jurisdiction of each of these Divisions is divided among a number of Ranges under a Superintendent of Central Excise.
The Commissionerate of Central Excise, Cochin has jurisdiction over the districts of Ernakulam, Kottayam and Idukki and Mallapally taluk, Thiruvilla taluk, Ayiroor village of Ranni taluk, Aranmula, Mezhuveli, Kulanada and Kindanganoor villages of Kozhencherry taluk of Pathanamthitta District, the whole of Alleppey District except Mavelikkara and Karthikappally taluks of the State of Kerala and the area comprising of Kollukumalai Tea Factory (being a part of Kottagudi village of Uthamapalayam taluk of the district of Theni) in the State of Tamilnadu.