Commissioner's Profile

Mohammad Akbar Hossain
Customs , Excise & VAT Commissionerate , Chattogram

Mohammad Akbar Hossain is currently working as Commissioner at Customs, Excise and VAT Commissionerate, Chittagong. Immediately before, he worked as the First Secretary: Customs International Trade Agreement at the National Board of Revenue (NBR), Dhaka. He worked as the Additional Commissioner at Custom House, Chittagong. Earlier, he worked as a Customs Specialist in the USAID Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Activity Project, Dhaka. Before joining the USAID-BTFA, he served as the First Secretary (Customs: Intelligence, Risk Management, Audit and ASYCUDA) in the NBR Headquarters, Dhaka. He also served as the Chief Budget Coordinator for the National Budget of 2016-17 Financial Year.


He joined Bangladesh Civil Service (Customs and Excise Cadre) in 2003 as an Assistant Commissioner, and served in Customs and VAT Offices at different capacities as Deputy Commissioner, Joint Commissioner, and Additional Commissioner.

Mr. Hossain has also worked in the World Customs Organization (WCO) Headquarters, Brussels as a Professional Associate in the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate. In addition, he has had the opportunity to work with the National Tax Agency (NTA), Ministry of Finance, Japan for 15 months whilst studying in Japan.

Mr. Hossain has completed MA from Keio University, Tokyo in Taxation Policy and Management under the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program. Moreover, he did Master’s in Economics, and achieved an MBA specialized in Strategic and International Management.

He has considerable experiences and sound knowledge on Customs procedures, Value Added Tax (VAT), Human Resource Management, WCO-WTO’s Trade-related matters, etc. Additionally, he has the practical experiences of working with Intellectual Property Rights, Single Window, Coordinated Border Management (CBM), Risk Management, Post Clearance Audit, WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) , Money Laundering, Public Policy, etc. 

He is a certified/expert trainer on VAT, Customs Post Clearance Audit (PCA), Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and Risk Management, Single Window, WTO TFA, etc. He carried out considerable number of researches on Customs and trade facilitation matters, and published many articles in local and international reputed journals.