[PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, EXTRAORDINARY, PART II SECTION 3, SUB-SECTION (I)]

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE)

Notification No. 326-Cus., dated 23-12-1983

Exemption to articles of gift imported as baggage by Union or State Ministers,
Public Servants and foreign dignitaries.

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 25 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), and in supersession of the notification of the Government of India in the late Department of Revenue and Banking (Revenue Wing) No. 125-Customs, dated the 1st July, 1977, the Central Government, being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, hereby exempts articles of gift received from any foreign Government by a person belonging to any class of persons specified in the Schedule annexed hereto and imported by the said person into India as part of his baggage, and articles of gift imported into India by a foreign dignitary, visiting India for any official purposes, as part of his baggage and to be gifted to persons belonging to any class of persons specified in the aforesaid Schedule, from –

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

(b) the whole of the additional duty leviable thereon under section 3 of the said Customs Tariff Act,

subject to the conditions that –
(i) a declaration is made by the concerned person or foreign dignitary, as the case may be, in accordance with”the provisions of section 77 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962); and

(ii) (a) in the case of articles of gift received from any foreign Government by a person belonging to any class of persons specified in the said Schedule and imported by the said person into India as part of his baggage, the said person, at the time of clearance of such articles of gift makes a declaration to the Assistant Commissioner of Customs or Deputy Commissioner of Customs that he is a person belonging to any class of persons specified in the said Schedule; and

(b) in the case of articles of gift imported into India by a foreign dignitary, visiting India for any official purpose, as part of his baggage and such articles of gift are to be gifted to persons belonging to any class of persons specified in the said Schedule, such foreign dignitary, at the time of clearance of such articles of gift, makes a declaration to the Assistant Commissioner of Customs or Deputy Commissioner of Customs that such articles of gift are to be gifted to persons belonging to any class of persons specified in the said Schedule.

THE SCHEDULE

(1) Ministers of the Union or of a State or of a Union Territory.

(2) Persons holding any appointment in any public service or post in connection with the affairs of the Union or of any State, but not being persons appointed in any corporation established by or under any law or any corporation owned or controlled by Government.

Notification No. 326-Cus., dated 23-12-1983
as amended by Notification No. 101/95-Cus., dated 26-5-1995

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