CBIC launched MOOWR to defer the Customs duties on imported goods that are used for the intended purposes of manufacture or carrying out other activities. MOOWR is aimed at transforming India into a competitive manufacturing location and an attractive investment destination. Based upon Section 65 of the Customs Act, 1962, MOOWR has clear and transparent procedures, simplified compliance requirements and digital account keeping.
The salient features of MOOWR are:
(a) Simplified approvals: The jurisdictional Commissioner of Customs is the single point of approval under MOOWR. A single application-cum-approval form has been prescribed for use by both the applicants and Customs. The license granted under MOOWR remains valid without the need for renewal, till it is surrendered or cancelled. The approval is quickly given after antecedent verification, one-time verification of the site, and execution of bond with insurance policy.
(b) Types of businesses covered: Types of businesses covered: Any business desiring to conduct manufacture or any other operations can apply under MOOWR, subject to Instruction No. 13/2022-Customs, dated 09.07.2022.
(c) Sourcing of capital goods and inputs: MOOWR gives flexibility in sourcing capital goods as well as inputs. The capital goods and inputs can be sourced through imports, domestic market or even from SEZ/ FTWZ.
(d) Full flexibility in clearance of finished goods: The goods produced under the scheme can be exported or cleared to domestic market as per demand. No export obligation is prescribed.
(e) Duty benefits: MOOWR is a duty deferment scheme and not a duty exemption scheme. The duty on both imported capital goods and inputs stands deferred till their clearance from warehouse. In case of clearance of capital goods to DTA, deferred duties will become payable. In case of clearance of finished goods into DTA, GST on finished goods along with import duties on imported inputs are payable. The GST as well as the IGST paid as part of import duties will be available as credit. In case of export of capital goods or finished goods, the duty on imported inputs stands remitted. Also, zero rating of tax on domestic inputs is allowed.
(f) MSME friendly: MOOWR does not have minimum investment requirement or restriction on its location. Coupled with the flexibility of sourcing capital goods and inputs, and flexibility for sale, the scheme is suitable for MSMEs. They can find most optimal sourcing of inputs and capital goods and realize best sale prices by selling their products in the DTA or international market, as per choice.
(g) Other benefits:
• Inputs can be sent for job work
• Digital account keeping
• Record based controls