1st April, 2003

Notification No. 54/2003-Customs

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 25 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Government, being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, hereby exempts spares, office equipments and furniture, professional equipments and consumables but excluding agricultural and dairy products, when imported into India against a duty free service entitlement credit certificate ( hereinafter referred to as the said certificate) issued under paragraph 3.8 of the Export and Import Policy, –


from the whole of the duty of customs leviable thereon under the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act 1975 (51 of 1975),


from the whole of the additional duty leviable thereon under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the said Customs Tariff Act, and


from the whole of the special additional duty of customs leviable thereon under section 3A of the said Customs Tariff Act,

 subject to the following conditions, namely :-


that the said certificate has been issued to a service provider by the licensing authority and it is produced before the proper officer of customs at the time of clearance for debit of the duties leviable on the goods but for this exemption:

Provided that exemption from duty shall not be admissible if there is insufficient credit in the said certificate for debiting the duties liviable on the goods but for this exemption;


that the said certificate and goods imported against it shall not be transferred or sold;


in respect of professional equipments, a certificate from jurisdictional Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise, Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise or an independent Chartered Engineer, as the case may be, is produced confirming installation and use of capital goods in the importer’s factory or premises, within six months from the date of imports or within such extended period as the Deputy Commissioner of Customs or Assistant Commissioner of Customs may allow,


that the imports against the said certificate are undertaken through sea ports at Mumbai, Kolkata, Cochin, Magdalla, Kakinada, Kandla, Mangalore, Marmagoa, Madras, Nhava Sheva, Paradeep, Pipavav, Sikka, Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam, Dahej, Nagapattinam, Mundhra and Okha or through any of the airports at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Madras, Srinagar, Trivandrum, Varanasi, Nagpur and Cochin or through any of the Inland Container Depots at Agra, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Delhi, Faridabad, Gauhati, Guntur, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jallandhar, Kanpur, Ludhiana, Moradabad, Nagpur, Pimpri (Pune), Pitampur (Indore), Surat, Tirupur, Varanasi, Nasik, Rudrapur (Nainital), Dighi (Pune), Vadodara, Daulatabad, (Wanjarwadi and Maliwada), Malanpur, Waluj (Aurangabad), Anaparthy (Andhra Pradesh), Salem, Singanalur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhiwadi, Madurai, Bhilwara, Pondicherry and Garhi Harsaru or through the Land Customs Stations at Ranaghat , Singhabad and Raxaul :-

Explanation :-In this notification ,-


“Export and Import Policy” means the Export and Import Policy 2002-2007, published by the Government of India in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry vide notification No.1(RE:2002)/ 2003, dated the 31st March 2003 as amended from time to time;


“Licensing Authority” means the Director General of Foreign Trade appointed under section 6 of the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation ) Act,1992 (22 of 1992) or an officer authorised by him to grant a license under the said Act.

Alok Jha
Under Secretary to the Government of India.

F. No. 605/1/2003 -DBK

18th November, 2003


G.S.R. 894 (E ) : –  In condition (3) of the Notification of the Government of India, in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) No.54/2003-Cus. dated 1st April, 2003, published in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary), vide GSR 278 (E), the words “capital goods” shall be corrected to read as “professional equipments”.

Alok Jha
Under Secretary to the Government of India


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