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Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a notification amending the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Rules, 2006. This Fourth Amendment, promulgated on June 20, 2024, under section 55 of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005, introduces specific changes to rule 18, sub-rule (4), clause (d). The amendments clarify the conditions under which reconditioned, repaired, or re-engineered products may be exported and outline the regulations for handling non-hazardous metal wastes. These wastes, once processed, can be sold domestically under strict conditions, ensuring compliance with the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016. The changes aim to streamline SEZ operations while adhering to environmental and regulatory standards.

MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

(Department of Commerce)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 20th June, 2024

G.S.R. 338(E).In exercise of the powers conferred by section 55 of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005 (28 of 2005), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Special Economic Zones Rules, 2006, namely: –

1. (1) These rules may be called the Special Economic Zones (Fourth Amendment) Rules, 2024.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Special Economic Zones Rules, 2006, in rule 18, in sub-rule (4), in clause (d), for second proviso, the following provisos shall be substituted, namely: –

“Provided further that reconditioning, repair and re-engineering may be permitted subject to the conditions that export shall have one to one correlation with imports and all the reconditioned or repaired or re-engineered products shall be exported:

Provided also that only non-hazardous metal and metal-alloy wastes in metallic, non-dispersible form having no contaminants enlisted against Basel No. B1010 in Part D of Schedule III of the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 generated from the reconditioning, repair or re-engineering, may be allowed to be sold in the Domestic Tariff Area on payment of applicable customs duty and this shall be treated as import and will be permitted only to the actual user or to the trader for use of the actual users authorized by the State Pollution Control Board on one-time basis and subject to verification of documents specified in Schedule VIII of the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 by the Custom Authority”.

[F. No. K.43014(16)/22/2022-SEZ]
VIMAL ANAND, Jt. Secy.

Note : The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section 3, Sub-section (i), vide notification number G.S.R. 54(E), dated the 10th February, 2006 and lastly amended vide notification number G.S.R. 314 (E), dated the 6th June, 2024.

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