Article explains Changes in Custom duty proposed/carried out by Union Budget 2021 and explains Amendment in the Custom Act, 1962, Amendments in Customs Tariff Act, 1975, Amendments In First Schedule To Customs Tariff Act, 1975, Changes In Customs Rules, Other Proposals Involving Changes In Basic Customs Duty Rates In Respective Notifications [with effect from 2.2.2021, unless specified otherwise], Other miscellaneous changes, Pruning and review of customs duty concessions/ exemptions, Imposition Of Agriculture Infrastructure And Development Cess On Import Of Certain Items [to be effective from 02.02.2021] [Clause [115] of the Finance Bill, 2021],  Review of levy of Social Welfare Surcharge on various items and Other Miscellaneous changes pertaining to Anti-Dumping Duty (ADD)/ Countervailing Duty (CVD)/ Safeguard Measures.

I. Amendment in the Custom Act, 1962

1. In Section 2, a new clause 7(B) is being introduced defining a “common portal” (Common Customs Electronic Portal ). [Clause 80]

Clause 80 of the Bill seeks to amend section 2 of the Customs Act by inserting a new clause (7B) therein so as to define the expression “common portal”.

2. Sub-section (3) to section 5 of Customs Act is being amended to empower Commissioner (Appeals) to carry out functions specified under Chapter XV, Section 108 and the new sub-section (1D) of Section 110 of Customs Act. [Clause 81]

Clause 81 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to make amendment in sub-section (3) of section 5 of the Customs Act so as to substitute the words and figures “Chapter XV and section 108” with the words, figures, brackets and letter “Chapter XV, section 108 and sub-section (1D) of section 110” for indicating the powers of the Commissioner (Appeals).

3. Section 25 of the Customs Act is being amended to prescribe that all conditional exemptions, unless otherwise specified or varied or rescinded, given under Customs Act shall come to an end on 31st March falling immediately two years after the date of such grant or variation. All existing conditional exemptions in force as on the date on which the Finance Bill 2021 receives the assent of the President unless having a prescribed end date, shall come to an end on 31st March, 2023 (if not specifically extended/ rescinded earlier) on review. [Clause 82]

Clause 82 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to insert a new sub-section (4A) in section 25 of the Customs Act so as to provide that the exemption to be granted subject to conditions under sub-section (1) shall, unless otherwise specified or varied or rescinded, be valid for a period upto the 31st March falling immediately after two years from the date of such grant or variation.

It further seeks to insert a proviso therein to provide that in respect of any such exemption in force as on the date on which the Finance Bill, 2021 receives the assent of the President, the said period of two years shall be reckoned from the 1st February, 2021.

4. A new section 28BB is being introduced prescribing a two-year time-limit, further extendable by one year by the Commissioner, for completion of any proceedings under this act which would culminate in issuance of a notice under section 28 of the Customs Act, 1962. [Clause 83]

Clause 83 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to insert a new section 28BB in the Customs Act so as to provide time limit for completion of certain actions under this Act.

5. Sub section (3) of section 46 is being amended so as to- mandate filing of bill of entry before the end of the day preceding the day (including holidays) of arrival of goods.

A new proviso is being introduced therein, to enable the Board to notify the time period for presenting bill of entry in certain cases as it may deem fit. [Clause 84]

Clause 84 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to amend sub-section (3) of section 46 of the Customs Act so as to ensure mandatory filing of bill of entry in advance, i.e. before the day of arrival (including holidays) of conveyance. It further seeks to insert a proviso therein to empower the Board to provide different time limits for presentation of bill of entry in such cases, as it deems fit, to ensure faster clearance.

6. Section 110 of the Customs Act is being amended so as to revise the procedure for pre-trial disposal of seized gold, in any form as notified. Commissioner (Appeals) having jurisdiction, to certify the correctness of inventory of the seized goods and carry out other procedures as prescribed, before the disposal of the gold in a manner as may be determined by the Central Government. Other consequential amendments to give effect to this provision are also being carried out. [Clause 85]

Clause 85 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to amend section 110 of the Customs Act and to insert a new sub-section (1D) so as to provide that where gold in any form has been seized by a proper officer under sub-section (1), he shall make the application referred to in sub-section (1B) to the Commissioner (Appeals) having jurisdiction, who shall, as soon as may be, allow the application and the proper officer shall thereafter dispose of the goods in such manner as the Central Government may determine.

7. Sub-section (ja) is being added to section 113 to provide for the confiscation of any goods entered for exportation under claim of remission or refund of any duty or tax or levy, so as to make a wrongful claim in contravention of the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962 or any other law for the time being in force. [Clause 86].

Clause 86 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to insert a new clause (ja) in section 113 of the Customs Act so as to provide that any goods entered for exportation under claim of remission or refund of any duty or tax or levy, to make a wrongful claim in contravention of the Act or any other law for the time being in force shall be liable to confiscation.

8. 6 A new section 114AC is being inserted in Customs Act to prescribe penalty in specific case where any person has obtained any invoice by fraud, collusion, willful misstatement or suppression of facts to utilize Input Tax Credit on the basis of such invoice for discharging any duty or tax on goods that are entered for exportation under claim of refund of any duty or tax. [Clause 87]

Clause 87 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to insert a new section 114AC in the Customs Act so as to provide penalty for fraudulent utilisation of input tax credit for discharging any duty or tax on goods entered for exportation under claim of refund and such penalty shall be equivalent to five times the refund claimed.

9. Explanation to section 139 of Customs Act is being amended so as to include inventories, photographs and lists certified by the Commissioner (Appeals) under the new sub-section (1D) to the documents within the meaning of that section to give evidentiary value to such documents. [Clause 88]

Clause 88 of the Finance Bill 2021 also seeks to make consequential amendment in the Explanation to section 139 of the Customs Act so as to include inventories, photographs and lists certified by the Commissioner (Appeals) under sub-section (1D) to the documents within the meaning of that section to give evidentiary value to such documents.

10. Section 149 is being amended so as to

a) introduce a second proviso which would allow amendments to be done through the customs automated system on the basis of risk evaluation through appropriate selection criteria.

b) introduce a third proviso so that certain amendments, as may be specified by the Board, may be done by the importer or exporter on the common portal. [Clause 89]

Clause 89 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to amend section 149 of the Customs Act by inserting second and third provisos therein so as to provide that documents may be amended electronically through the customs automated system and also to enable certain amendments to be done by the importer or exporter on common portal.

11. Section 153 is being amended so as to insert a new clause „(ca)‟ under sub section (1) thereof so as to enable service of order, summons, notice, etc. by making it available on the common portal. [Clause 90]

Clause 90 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to amend sub-section (1) of section 153 of the Customs Act by inserting clause (ca) therein so as to enable service of order, summons, notice or any other communication under the said Act by making it available on the common portal.

12. Chapter XVII is being amended so as to insert a new section 154C for notification of a common portal for facilitating registration, filing of bills of entry, shipping bills, any other document or form prescribed under this act or under any other law for the time being in force or the rules and regulations made thereunder, payment of duty and for carrying out such other functions and for such purposes as may be specified. [Clause 91]

Clause 91 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to insert a new section 154C in the Customs Act so as to empower the Board to notify a common portal to be called the Common Customs Electronic Portal for facilitating registration, filing of bill of entry, shipping bill, other documents and forms, payment of duty and for such other purposes as may be specified by the Board.

II. Amendments in Customs Tariff Act, 1975

1. Section 8B of the Customs Tariff Act is being amended to incorporate certain technical changes. [Clause 92]

Clause 92 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to amend sub-section (6) of section 8B of the Customs Tariff Act to make both conditions thereunder mutually exclusive and to define the expression ‘special economic zone’ in the same manner as defined in the Special Economic Zone Act, 2005 (28 of 2005).

2. Section 9 of the Customs Tariff Act is being amended to include provisions for anti-absorption, retrospective levy from the date of initiation of investigation in anti-circumvention cases, aligning countervailing duty provisions with those in safeguard measures in respect of levy on goods cleared from EOU and SEZ into Domestic Tariff Area, stipulating that when countervailing duty is revoked temporarily, such revocation shall be for a period not exceeding one year at a time and to provide for imposing Countervailing duty on review for period not exceeding 5 years at a time, instead of the 5 years at present. [Clause 93]

Clause 93 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to amend sub-section (1A) of section 9 of the Customs Tariff Act to provide for retrospective levy of countervailing duty to counter circumvention. It further seeks to insert a new sub-section (1B) in the said section to provide for anti-absorption measures in countervailing duty. It also seeks to insert a new sub-section (2A) in that section to align it with the provisions contained in sub-section (6) of section 8B of the said Act relating to safeguard measures. It also seeks to amend sub-section (6) thereof to provide for further imposition of countervailing duty after review, for a period upto five years. It also seeks to insert a third proviso therein so as to provide that if countervailing duty is revoked temporarily, the period of such revocation shall not be more than one year at a time.

3. Section 9A of the Customs Tariff Act is being amended to include provisions for anti-absorption, retrospective levy in anti-circumvention cases, aligning anti-dumping duty provisions with those in safeguard measures in respect of levy on goods cleared from EOU and SEZ into Domestic Tariff Area, stipulating that when anti-dumping duty is revoked temporarily, such revocation shall be for a period not exceeding one year at a time and to provide for imposing ADD on review for period not exceeding 5 years at a time, instead of the 5 years at present. [Clause 94]

Clause 94 of the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to amend sub-section (1A) of section 9A of the Customs Tariff Act to provide for retrospective levy of anti-dumping duty to counter circumvention. It further seeks to insert a new sub-section (1B) in the said section to provide for anti-absorption measures in anti-dumping duty. It also seeks to substitute sub-section (2A) in that section to align it with the provisions contained in sub-section (6) of section 8B of the said Act relating to safeguard measures. It also seeks to amend sub-section (5) thereof to provide for further imposition of anti-dumping duty after review, for a period upto five years. It also seeks to insert a third proviso therein so as to provide that if anti-dumping duty is revoked temporarily, the period of such revocation shall not be more than one year at a time.

III. Amendments In First Schedule To Customs Tariff Act, 1975

AMENDMENTS
A. Tariff rate changes for Basic Customs Duty [to be effective from 02.02.2021, unless otherwise specified] * [Clause [95 (i) ] of the Finance Bill, 2021] Rate of Duty
S. No. Heading, sub-heading tariff item Commodity From To
Chemicals
1. 2803 00 10 Carbon Black 5% 7.5%
Plastic items
2. 3925 Builder‟s ware of Plastics 10% 15%
Gems and Jewellery Sector
3. 7104 Cut and Polished Synthetic stones, including Cut and Polished Cubic Zirconia 10% 15%
Electrical and Electronics Sector
4. 8414 30 00 Compressors of a kind used in refrigerating equipment 12.5% 15%
5. 8414 80 11 Compressors of a kind used in air-conditioning equipment 12.5% 15%
6. 8504 90 90 Printed Circuit Board Assembly [PCBA] of charger or adapter

(All goods under this tariff item, other than above, will continue to attract the existing effective rate of BCD at 10%)

10% 15%
Parts of Automobiles
7. 7007 Safety glass, consisting of toughened (tempered) or laminated glass.

(All goods under this heading, other than those used with motor vehicles, will continue to attract the existing effective rate of BCD at 10%)

10% 15%
8.

 

8512 90 00

 

Parts of Electrical lighting and signaling equipment, windscreen wipers, defrosters and demisters, of a kind used for cycles or motor

vehicles

10%

 

15%

 

9. 8544 30 00 Ignition wiring sets and other wiring sets of a kind used in vehicles, aircraft or ships 10% 15%
10. 9104 00 00 Instrument Panel Clocks and Clocks of a similar type for vehicles, Aircraft, Spacecraft or Vessels 10% 15%
B.

 

Tariff rate changes (without any change in the effective rates of Basic Customs Duty) Rate of Duty

 

S. No. Heading, sub-heading tariff item Commodity From To
1. 8414 40 Air compressors mounted on a wheeled chassis for towing 7.5% 15%
2. 8414 80 (except 8414 80 11) Gas Compressors (other than of a kind used in air- conditioning equipment), free-piston generators for gas turbine, turbo charger and other compressors 7.5% 15%
3.

 

8501 10 to

8501 53

Electric Motors 10%

 

15%

 

4.

 

8536 41 00 and

8536 49 00

Relays 10%

 

15%

 

5. 8537 Boards, panels, consoles, etc. for electric control or distribution of electricity 10% 15%
6. 9031 80 00 Other instruments, appliances and machines 7.5% 15%
7. 9032 89 Electronic automatic regulators and other controlling instruments or apparatus 10% 15%
C. New entries added to the First Schedule [Clause 95 (ii) and 95 (iii) of the Finance Bill, 2021]
1. Harmonizing the Customs Tariff Act 1975 with the HSN 2022

a) Changes to the first schedule to the Customs Tariff Act are being proposed that are to come into effect from 01.01.2022. This is in accordance with HSN 2022, which proposes 351 amendments to the existing harmonized nomenclature, covering a wide range of goods moving across borders.

b) The amendments are necessary to adapt to the current trade through the recognition of new product streams, the changing nature of commodities being traded, advent of new technologies and addressing the environmental and social issues of global concern- all with a prime focus on the larger goal of ease of doing business and trade facilitation.

2. New tariff lines under the heading 2709 in the Customs Tariff Act, 1975#:

2709 00 10 — petroleum crude

2709 00 20 — other

# Will come into effect on 1.4.2021.

* Will come into effect immediately owing to a declaration under the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act, 1931.

IV. Changes In Customs Rules

A. Trade Facilitation- Amendment to IGCR rules, 2017
1. Customs (Import of Goods at Concessional Rate of Duty) Rules, 2017 [IGCR Rules] are being amended to provide the following facilities:

a. to allow job-work of the materials (except gold and jewellery and other precious metals) imported under concessional rate of duty

b. to allow 100% out-sourcing for manufacture of goods on job-work

c. to allow imported capital goods that have been used for the specified purpose to be cleared on payment of differential duty, along with interest, on the depreciated value. The depreciation norms would be the same as applied to EOUs, as per Foreign Trade Policy.

V. Other Proposals Involving Changes In Basic Customs Duty Rates In Respective Notifications [with effect from 2.2.2021, unless specified otherwise]

S. No Chapter, Heading, sub­heading, tariff item Commodity From To
Agricultural Products and By Products
1. 2207 20 00 Denatured Ethyl Alcohol (ethanol) for use in manufacture of excisable goods 2.5% 5%
2.

 

23

 

All goods except dog and cat food and shrimp larvae feed

 

Nil/ 5%/ 10%/ 15%/

20%/

30%

15%

 

Minerals
3. 2528 Natural borates and concentrates thereof Nil/5% 2.5%
Fuels, Chemicals and Plastics
3. 2710 Naphtha 4% 2.5%
5. 2907 23 00 Bis-phenol A Nil 7.5%
6. 2910 30 00 Epichlorohydrin 2.5% 7.5%
7. 2933 71 00 Caprolactam 7.5% 5%
8.

 

3907 40 00 Polycarbonates 5% 7.5%
9. 3908 Nylon chips 7.5% 5%
10. 3920 99 99 Other plates, sheets, films, etc. of other plastics 10% 15%
Leather
11 41 Wet blue chrome tanned leather, crust leather, finished leather of all kinds, including splits and sides of the aforesaid Nil 10%
Textiles
12. 5002 Raw Silk (not thrown) 10% 15%
13. 5004, 5005, 5006 Silk yarn, yarn spun from silk waste (whether or not put up for retail sale) 10% 15%
14. 5201 Raw Cotton Nil 5% +

5%

AIDC*

15. 5202 Cotton waste (including yarn waste or garneted stock) Nil 10%
16. 5402, 5403, 5404, 5405 00 00, 5406, 5501 to 5510 Nylon Fibre and Yarn 7.5% 5%
Gems and Jewellery Sector
17. 7106 Silver 12.5.% 7.5%+ 2.5% AIDC*
18. 7106 Silver Dore 11% 6.1% + 2.5% AIDC*
19. 7108 Gold 12.5%

 

 

7.5%+ 2.5% AIDC*
20. 7108 Gold Dore 11.85% 6.9%+ 2.5% AIDC*
21.

 

 

7107 00 00, 7109 00 00, 7111 00 00 Base metals or precious metals clad with precious metals 12.5% 10%
22. 7110 Other precious metals like Platinum, Palladium, etc. 12.5% 10%
23. 7112 Waste and scrap of precious metals or metals clad with precious metals 12.5% 10%
24. 7112 Spent catalyst or ash containing precious metals 11.85% 9.17%
25. 7113 Gold or Silver Findings 20% 10%
26. 7118 Coin 12.5% 10%
Metals
27.

 

7204

 

Iron and steel scrap, including stainless steel scrap

[up to 31.03.2022]

2.5%

 

Nil

 

28.

 

7206 and

7207

Primary/Semi-finished products of non-alloy steel

 

10%

 

7.5%

 

29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7208, 7209,

7210, 7211,

7212, 7225

(except 7225

11 00) and

7226 (except

7226 11 00)

Flat products of non-alloy and alloy steel

 

 

 

 

 

 

10%

/12.5%

 

 

 

 

 

7.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.

 

 

 

 

 

7213, 7214,

7215, 7216,

7217, 7221,

7222, 7223,

7227 and

7228

Long product of non-alloy, stainless and alloy steel

 

 

 

 

 

10%

 

 

 

 

 

7.5%

 

 

 

 

 

31.

 

7225

 

Raw materials for use in manufacture of CRGO steel

[up to 31.03.2023]

2.5%

 

Nil
32. 7404 Copper Scrap 5% 2.5%
33. 7318 Screw, bolts, nuts, etc. of iron and steel 10% 15%
Capital Goods
34. 8430 Tunnel boring machines Nil 7.5%
35. 8431 Parts and components for manufacture of tunnel boring machines with actual-user condition Nil 2.5%
IT, Electronics and Renewable
36. 8544 (other than 8544 70 and 8544 30 00) Specified insulated wires and cables 7.5% 10%
37. 39, 74 and 85 Former, bases, bobbins, brackets; CP wires; P.B.T.; Phenol resin moulding powder; Lamination/ El silicon steel strips for use in manufacture of transformers (entry at S.No. 198 of 25/1999-Customs) Nil Applica ble rate
38. Any Chapter Inputs or parts for manufacture of Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) of cellular mobile phone (w.e.f. 1.4.2021) Nil 2.5%
39. Any Chapter Inputs or parts for manufacture of camera module of cellular mobile phone (w.e.f. 1.4.2021) Nil 2.5%
40. Any Chapter Inputs or parts for manufacture of connectors of cellular mobile phone (w.e.f. 1.4.2021) Nil 2.5%
41. Any Chapter Inputs or raw material for manufacture of specified parts like back cover, side keys etc. of cellular mobile phone (w.e.f. 1.4.2021) Nil 2.5%
42. Any Chapter Inputs or raw material (other than PCBA and moulded plastics) for manufacture of charger or adapter of cellular mobile phones Nil 10%
43. 8504 90 90 or 3926 90 99 Moulded plastics for manufacture of charger or adapter 10% 15%
44. Any Chapter Inputs or parts of Printed Circuit Board Assembly of charger or adapter of cellular mobile phones Nil 10%
45. Any Chapter Inputs or parts of Moulded Plastic of charger or adapter of cellular mobile phones Nil 10%
46. Any Chapter Inputs or raw materials (other than Lithium-ion cell and PCBA) of Lithium-ion battery or battery pack (w.e.f. 1.4.2021) Nil 2.5%
47. Any Chapter Parts or components of PCBA of Lithium-ion battery or battery pack (w.e.f. 1.4.2021) Nil 2.5%
48. Any Chapter Inputs or raw materials of following goods: –

(i) Other machines capable of connecting to an automatic data processing machine or to a network (8443 32 90)

(ii) Ink cartridges, with print head assembly (8443 99 51)

(iii)Ink cartridges, without print head assembly (8443 99 52)

(iv) Ink spray nozzle (8443 99 53) (w.e.f. 1.4.2021)

Nil 2.5%
49. Any Chapter Inputs and parts of LED lights or fixtures including LED Lamps 5% 10%
50. Any Chapter Inputs for use in the manufacture of LED driver or MCPCB (Metal Core Printed Circuit Board) for LED lights or fixtures including LED Lamps 5% 10%
51. 9405 50 40 Solar lanterns or solar lamps 5% 15%
52. 8504 40 Solar Inverters 5% 20%
53. 9503 Parts of Electronic Toys for manufacture of electronic toys 5% 15%
Aviation Sector
54. Any Chapter Components or parts, including engines, for manufacture of aircrafts or parts of such aircrafts, by Public Sector Units under Ministry of Defence subject to condition specified. 2.5% 0%
Medical devices
55. 9018-9022 Medical Devicesimported by International Organization and Diplomatic Missions Health
Cess @5%
Health
Cess @
Nil
Goods imported under Project Import Scheme
56. 9801 High Speed Rail Projects being brought under project imports Applica ble Rate 5%
57. 8714 91 00,

8714 92,

8714 93,

8714 94 00,

8714 95,

8714 96 00,

8714 99

All goods other than Bicycle parts and components 10% 15%

* Agriculture Infrastructure and Development Cess

VI. Other miscellaneous changes

S.
No.
Notification No. Notification Subject
1. 42/1996 – Customs dated 23rd July, 1996 High Speed Rail Projects are being included in list of projects to which Project Imports Scheme is applicable
2. 230/1986 – Customs dated 3rd April, 1986 National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. is being nominated as the Sponsoring Authority‟ under Project Import Regulations, 1986 for approving the items required to be imported under the Project Imports Scheme for High-Speed Rail Projects

VII. Pruning and review of customs duty concessions/ exemptions:

A. Review of concessional rates of BCD prescribed in notification No. 50/2017customs dated 30.6.2017: The BCD exemption hitherto available on certain goods are being withdrawn by omitting following entries of notification No. 50/2017-Customs dated 30.6.2017.

S. No. S. No. of Notfn Description/ CTH
1. 209 Diphenylmethane 4, 4-diisocyanate (MDI) for use in the manufacture of spandex yarn
2. 230 Ink cartridges, ribbon assembly, ribbon gear assembly, ribbon gear carriage, for use in printers for computers
3. 229 [w.e.f 1.4.2021] 71 items like wax items, wood polish materials, prints for photo frames, velvet fabric/paper, handles/blades for cutlery, jigat, wine tools etc.
4. 311 [w.e.f 1.4.2021] 35 items like fasteners, zippers, shoulder pads, buckles, rivets, Velcro tape, toggles, stud, elastic cloth and band, bobbin, hooks, anglets etc.
5.

 

312 [w.e.f 1.4.2021] 42 items like buckles, buttons, stamping foil, sewing thread, Loop rivets, Glove Liners, shoe laces, inlay cards etc.
6.

 

313 [w.e.f 1.4.2021] 18 items like lace, Velcro tape, curtain hooks, Tassel, Beads, Sequins, sewing threads, poly wadding materials, quilted wadding materials etc.

B. Prescribing the condition of observance of the Customs (Import of Goods at Concessional Rate of Duty) Rules, 2017 (IGCR Rules, 2017) for certain conditional entries in notification No. 50/2017customs dated 30.6.2017, in lieu of certain exiting conditions. Besides certain other conditions for imports are being rationalized/simplified.

  • Accordingly, the condition Nos. 22, 24, 30, 38, 51, 52, 53, 54, 60, 61 and 74, in the said customs notification have been amended to prescribe condition of IGCR.
  • In addition, it has been prescribed that the changed jurisdictional authority under IGCR Rules, 2017, shall also issue the end use certificate for the past period after due verification as per the rules.

C. Customs duty exemptions, including those which have been granted through certain other stand-alone notifications, have also been reviewed by rescinding the notification:

S. No. Notification No. Notification Subject
1. 1/2011-Customs, dated the 6.1.2011 Exemption to all items of machinery, instruments, appliances, components or auxiliary equipment for initial setting up of solar power generation project or facility
2. 34/2017-

Customs dated 30th June, 2017

This notification provided exemption to tags or labels (whether made of paper, cloth, or plastic), or printed bags (whether made of polyethene, polypropylene, PVC, high molecular or high density polyethene) imported for fixing on articles for export or for the packaging of such articles. Similar exemption exists at S. No.257 of notification No. 50/2017-Cus. These have been merged in the said S. No.257 and notification No 34/2017-Cus has been omitted.
3. 75/2017-Customs dated 13th September, 2017 Exemption for goods imported for organizing FIFA Under-17 World Cup, 2017.

VIII. Imposition Of Agriculture Infrastructure And Development Cess On Import Of Certain Items [to be effective from 02.02.2021] [Clause [115] of the Finance Bill, 2021]

An Agriculture Infrastructure and Development Cess (AIDC) has been proposed on import of specified goods. To ensure that imposition of cess does not lead to additional burden in most of these items on the consumer, the BCD rates has been lowered. This cess shall be used to finance the improvement of agriculture infrastructure and other development expenditure. The list of items on which cess has been imposed and the applicable duty and AIDC on them would be as follows:

S. No Heading, sub-heading tariff item Commodity Basic customs
duty
AIDC
1. 0808 10 00 Apples 15% 35%
2. 1511 10 00 Crude Palm Oil 15% 17.5%
3. 1507 10 00 Crude Soya-bean oil 15% 20%
4. 1512 11 10 Crude Sunflower seed oil 15% 20%
5. 0713 10 Peas (Pisum sativum) 10% 40%
6. 0713 20 10 Kabuli Chana 10% 30%
7. 0713 20 20 Bengal Gram (desichana) 10% 50%
8. 0713 20 90 Chick Peas (garbanzos) 10% 50%
9. 0713 40 00 Lentils (Mosur) 10% 20%
10. 2204 All goods (Wine) 50% 100%
11. 2205 Vermouth and other wine of fresh grapes, flavoured 50% 100%
12. 2206 Other fermented beverages for example, Cider, Perry, Mead, sake, mixture of fermented beverages or fermented beverages and nonalcoholic beverages 50% 100%
13. 2208 All goods (Brandy, Bourbon whiskey, Scotch etc.) 50% 100%
14. 2701 Various types of coal 1% 1.5%
15. 2702 Lignite, whether or not agglomerated 1% 1.5%
16. 2703 Peat, whether or not agglomerated 1% 1.5%
17. 3102 10 00 Urea Nil 5%
18. 3102 30 00 Ammonium nitrate 2.5% 5%
19.

 

31

 

Muriate of potash, for use as manure or for the production of complex fertilisers Nil

 

5%

 

20. 3105 30 00 Diammonium phosphate, for use as manure or for the production of complex fertilisers Nil 5%
21. 5201 Cotton (not carded or combed) 5% 5%
22. 7106 Silver (including imports by eligible passengers) 7.5% 2.5%
23. 7106 Silver Dore 6.1% 2.5%
24. 7108 Gold (including imports by eligible passengers) 7.5% 2.5%
25. 7108 Gold Dore 6.9% 2.5%

IX. Other Changes (Including Certain Clarifications/ Technical Changes By Amending Notification No. 50/2017-Customs Dated 30.06.2017

S.No. S.No. of Notfn Description
1. 20 a) The HS [0713 20 00] was split into [0713 20 10], [0713 20 20] and [0713 20 90] vide notification 22/2018-Cus dated 20.03.2020. However, the transposition of the same has not been done for entry 20 of notification No. 50/2017-Cus.

b) It is proposed to specifically mention Kabuli Chana & Bengal gram (desichana) in the exclusions to this entry.

2. 21E The entry is redundant (was valid only upto 31.12.2020 and is proposed to be omitted.
3. 44 The entry is redundant (was valid only upto 30.09.2017) and is proposed to be omitted.
4. 131 Acid grade fluorspar attracts 5% BCD vide serial numbers 120 and S.N. 131 of notification No. 50/2017-Customs Dated 30.06.2017. Entry at S.No. being redundant is being omitted.
5. 175 “Any Chapter” mentioned in the Chapter/heading etc. of this entry is being replaced by the specific entry heading 2501.
6.

 

284

 

An explanation is being inserted in Sr. No. 284 of the Notification No. 50/2017-Customs Dated 30th June 2017 so as to clarify that the said exemption entry does not cover toy balloons made of natural

rubber latex as such toy balloons are classified under customs heading 9503, so as to avoid misclassification.

7. 293A & 293B The language of exemption entries providing concessional rates on newsprint & other uncoated paper conforming to the specifications of newsprint (other than its surface roughness) is being simplified so as to remove any doubts regarding the specification of uncoated papers used for printing of newspapers on which the concessional rates apply.
8. First Proviso Clauses (b), (c) and (e) are being omitted as they are redundant.

X. Review of levy of Social Welfare Surcharge on various items.

A. Notification No. 12/2018-Customs, dated 02.02.2018 prescribing effective rates of 3% on certain items, including gold and silver, is being rescinded.

B. SWS is also being rescinded on goods falling under heading 2515 11 and 2515 12

C. SWS is being exempted on the value of AIDC imposed on gold and silver. Accordingly, these items would attract SWS, at normal rate, only on value plus basic customs duty.

XI. Other Miscellaneous changes pertaining to Anti-Dumping Duty (ADD)/ Countervailing Duty (CVD)/ Safeguard Measures

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Customs Tariff (Identification, Assessment and Collection of Anti-dumping Duty on Dumped Articles and for Determination of Injury) Rules, 1995 provide for manner and procedure for investigation into dumping of goods that cause injury to domestic industry. Changes are being made in the Rules, to provide that with effect from 01.07.2021, to provide that final findings are to be issued by the designated authority, in review cases, at least three months prior to expiry of the ADD under review. The ADD Rules are also being amended to provide for provisional assessment in cases of anti-circumvention investigation. Certain other changes are being made for bringing clarity in the scope of these rules.
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Customs Tariff (Identification, Assessment and Collection of Anti-dumping Duty on Dumped Articles and for Determination of Injury) Rules, 1995 provide for manner and procedure for causing investigation into the cases of imports of subsidized goods that cause injury to domestic industry. Changes are being made in the Rules to provide that with effect from 01.07.2021, the final findings are to be issued by the designated authority, in review cases, at least three months prior to expiry of the CVD under review. The CVD Rules are also being amended to provide for provisional assessment in cases of anti-circumvention investigation. Certain other changes are being made for bringing clarity in the scope of these rules.
3 Customs Tariff (Identification and Assessment of Safeguard Duty) Rules, 1997 (Safeguard Duty being changed to Safeguard Measures) provide for manner and procedure for causing investigation into the cases of imports in increased quantity that cause injury to domestic industry. Changes in the rules are being proposed to elaborate in detailed manner the modalities of implementation of safeguard measure, along with technical modifications consequent to the changes made earlier in section 8B of the Customs Tariff Act vide Finance Act, 2020.
4. Anti-Dumping duty is being temporarily revoked for the period commencing from 2.2.2021 till 30.09.2021, on imports of the following-

a) Straight Length Bars and Rods of alloy-steel, originating in or exported from People’s Republic of China, imposed vide notification No. 54/2018-Cus (ADD) dated 18.10.2018;

b) High Speed Steel of Non-Cobalt Grade, originating in or exported from Brazil, People’s Republic of China and Germany, imposed vide notification No. 38/2019-Cus (ADD) dated 25.09.2019;

c) Flat rolled product of steel, plated or coated with alloy of Aluminum or Zinc, originating in or exported from People’s Republic of China, Vietnam and Korea RP, imposed vide notification No. 16/2020-Cus (ADD) dated 23.06.2020.

5. Countervailing duty is being temporarily revoked for the period commencing from 2.2.2021 till 30.09.2021, on imports of Certain Hot Rolled and Cold Rolled Stainless Steel Flat Products, originating in or exported from People’s Republic of China, imposed vide notification No. 1/2017-Cus (CVD) dated 07.09.2017.
6. Provisional Countervailing duty is being revoked on imports of Flat Products of Stainless Steel, originating in or exported from Indonesia, imposed vide notification No. 2/2020-Customs (CVD) dated 9.10.2020.
7. In Sunset Review, anti-dumping duty on Cold-Rolled Flat Products of Stainless Steel of width 600 mm to 1250 mm and above 1250 mm of non bonafide usage originating in or exported from People’s Republic of China, Korea RP, European Union, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and United States of America has been discontinued upon expiry of the anti-dumping duty hitherto leviable vide notifications no. 61/2015-Customs (ADD) dated 11th December, 2015 and 52/2017-Customs (ADD) dated 24th October, 2017.

Note:

(a) “Basic Customs Duty” means the customs duty levied under the Customs Act, 1962.

(b) Clause nos. in square brackets [ ] indicate the relevant clause of the Finance Bill, 2021.

(c) Amendments carried out through the Finance Bill, 2021 will come into effect on the date of its enactment, unless otherwise specified.

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