Seeks to Exempt Imports by United Nations or International organisation for execution of projects in India.

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

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE)

Dated: 11-11-1997

Notification No. 84/97-Customs        

G. S. R. 645(E)  In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 25 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), read with sub-section (4) of section 68 of the Finance (No. 2) Act, 1996 (33 of 1996), the Central Government, being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, hereby exempts all the goods imported into India for execution of projects financed by the United Nations or an International Organisation and approved by the Government of India, from the whole of the duty of customs leviable thereon under First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (51 of 1975), the whole of the additional duty of customs leviable thereon under section 3 of the said Customs Tariff Act and the whole of the special duty of customs leviable under section 68 of the Finance
(No. 2) Act 1996 (33 of 1996):

        Provided that the importer, at the time of clearance of the goods, produces before the Assistant Commissioner of Customs or Deputy Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be, having jurisdiction, –

  (i) in case the said goods are –

  (a) Imported by an international organisation listed in the Annexure appended to this notification and intended to be used in a project that has been approved by the Government of India and financed (whether by a loan or a grant) by such an organisation, a certificate from such organisation that the said goods are required for the execution of the said project and that the said project has duly been approved by the Government of India; or

  (b) imported for use in a project that has been approved by the Government of India and financed (whether by a loan or a grant) by an international organisation listed in the said Annexure, a certificate from an officer not below the rank of Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) that the said goods are required for the execution of the said project and that the said project has duly been approved by the Government of India;

(ii) in case the said goods are intended to be used in a project financed (whether by a loan or a grant) by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank or any other international organisation other than those listed in the Annexure, and the said project has been approved by the Government of India, a certificate from the executive head of the Project Implementing Authority and countersigned by an officer not below the rank of a Joint Secretary to the Government of India, in the concerned Line Ministry in the Government of India, that the said goods are required for the execution of the said project and that the said project has duly been approved by the Government of India, and

(iii) in case the said goods are intended to be used in a project financed (whether by a loan or a grant) by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank or any other international organisation, other than those listed in the Annexure and the said project has been approved by the Government of India for implementation by the Government of a State or a Union Territory, a certificate from the executive head of the Project Implementing Authority and countersigned by the Principal Secretary or the Secretary (Finance), as the case may be, in the concerned State Government or the Union Territory, that the said goods are required for the execution of the said project, and that the said project has duly been approved by the Government of India for implementation by the concerned State Government.

Explanation. – For the purposes of this notification, –

(a) “international organisation” means an international organisation to which the Central Government has declared, in pursuance of section 3 of the United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947 (46 of 1947), that the provisions of the Schedule to the said Act shall apply;

(b) “Line Ministry” means a Ministry in the Government of India, which has been so nominated with respect to a project, by the Government of India, in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs).

ANNEXURE

1. United Nations Development Programme,

2. United Nations International Childrens” Fund,

3. Food and Agricultural Organisation,

4. International Labour Organisation,

5. World Health Organisation,

6. United Nations Population Fund.

7. United Nations World Food Programme.

8. United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

Notification No. 84/97-Cus.,dated 11-11-1997 as amended by Notification No. 85/99-Cus.,dated 6-7-1999 and No.119/99-Cus.,dated 2-11-1999.and Notification No.75/2001 dt.0-07-01 and Notification No. 107/2001-Cus.,dated 12.10.2001.

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