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

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE)

 1st May, 2006

Notification No. 40/2006-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 materials imported into India against a Duty Free Import Authorisation issued in terms of paragraph 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 of the Foreign Trade Policy (hereinafter referred to as the said authorisation) from the whole of the duty of Customs leviable thereon which is specified in the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (51 of 1975) and from the whole of the additional duty, safeguard duty and anti-dumping duty leviable thereon, respectively, under sections 3,8 and 9A of the said Customs Tariff Act, subject to the following conditions namely :-

(i)   that the description, value and quantity of materials imported are covered by the said authorisation and the said authorisation is produced before the proper officer of customs at the time of clearance for debit:

Provided that in respect of resultant product specified in paragraph 4.55.3 of the Hand Book of Procedures (Vol.I) of the Foreign Trade Policy, the materials permitted in the said authorisation or a duty free import authorisation for intermediate supply, as the case may be, shall be of the same quality, technical characteristics and specifications as the materials used in the said resultant product.

Provided further that in respect of the said resultant product the exporter shall give declaration with regard to the quality, technical characteristic and specifications of materials used in the shipping bill;

(ii)  that where import takes place after fulfilment of export obligation, the shipping bill number(s) and date(s) and quantity and Free on Board (FOB) value of the resultant product are endorsed on the said authorisation:

Provided that where import takes place before fulfilment of export obligation, the quantity and FOB value of the resultant product to be exported are endorsed on the said authorisation;

(iii) that the importer at the time of clearance of the imported materials executes a bond with such surety or security and in such form and for such sum as may be specified by the Deputy Commissioner of Customs or Assistant Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be, binding himself to pay on demand an amount equal to the duty leviable, but for the exemption contained herein, on the imported materials in respect of which the conditions specified in this notification have not been complied with, together with interest at the rate of fifteen percent per annum from the date of clearance of the said materials :

Provided that bond shall not be necessary in respect of imports made after the discharge of export obligation in full;

(iv)   that the imports and exports are undertaken through seaports at Mumbai, Kolkata, Cochin, Magdalla, Kakinada, Kandla, Mangalore, Marmagoa, Chennai, Nhava Sheva, Paradeep, Pipavav, Sikka, Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam, Dahej, Mundhra, Nagapattinam, Okha, Bedi (including Rozi-Jamnagar), Muldwarka, Porbander, Dharamatar and Vadinar or through any of the airports at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Chennai, Srinagar, Trivandrum, Varanasi, Nagpur, Cochin, Rajasansi (Amritsar) and Lucknow (Amausi) 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), Waluj (Aurangabad), Anaparthy (Andhra Pradesh), Salem, Malanpur, Singanalur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhiwadi, Madurai, Bhilwara, Pondicherry, Garhi Harsaru, Bhatinda, Dappar (Dera Bassi), Chheharata (Amritsar), Karur, Miraj, Rewari, Bhusawal, Jamshedpur, Surajpur, Dadri, Tuticorin, Kundli, Bhadohi, Raipur, Mandideep, Durgapur and Babarpur or through the Land Customs Station at Ranaghat, Singhabad, Raxaul, Jogbani, Nautanva (Sonauli), Petrapole, Mahadipur, Nepalganj Road, Dawki, Agartala, Sutarkhandi, Amritsar Rail Cargo and Attari Road or Special Economic Zone as specified in the notification issued under section 76A of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962).

Provided that the Commissioner of Customs may, by special order or by a Public Notice and subject to such conditions as may be specified by him, permit import and export from any other seaport/airport/inland container depot or through any land customs station;

(v) that the export obligation as specified in the said authorisation (both in value and quantity terms) is discharged within the period specified in the said authorisation or within such extended period as may be granted by the Regional Authority by exporting resultant products, manufactured in India which are specified in the said authorisation and in respect of which facility under rule 18  (rebate of duty paid on materials used in the manufacture of resultant product) or sub-rule 2 of rule 19 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002 or CENVAT credit under CENVAT credit rules, 2004 in respect of materials imported/procured against the said authorisation has not been availed :

Provided that an Advance Intermediate authorisation holder shall discharge export obligation by supplying the resultant products to the exporter in terms of paragraph 4.1.3 (ii) of the Policy;

(vi) that the importer produces evidence of discharge of export obligation to the satisfaction of the Deputy Commissioner of Customs or Assistant Commissioner of  Customs, as the case may be, within a period of thirty days of the expiry of period allowed for fulfilment of export obligation, or within such extended period as the said Deputy Commissioner of Customs or Assistant Commissioner of  Customs, as the case may be, may allow;

(vii) that exempt materials shall not be disposed of or utilised in any manner, except for utilisation in discharge of export obligation, before the export obligation under the said authorisation has been discharged in full;

(viii) that where the Bond filed under condition (iii) against the said authorisation has not been redeemed by the Deputy Commissioner of Customs or Assistant Commissioner of  Customs, as the case may be, the unutilised material may be transferred to any other manufacturer for processing under actual user condition after complying the central excise procedure relating to job work;

(ix) that in relation to the said authorisation issued to a merchant exporter,-

(a)   the name and address of the supporting manufacturer is specified in the said authorisation and the bond required to be executed by the importer in terms of condition (iii) shall be executed jointly by the merchant exporter and the supporting manufacturer binding themselves jointly and severally to comply with the conditions specified in this notification; and

(b)  exempt materials are utilised in the factory of such supporting manufacturer for discharge of export obligation and the same shall not be transferred or sold or used for any other purpose by the said merchant exporter until the export obligation specified in condition (v) has been discharged in full.

2.   After discharge of export obligation as specified in condition (v) of paragraph 1, the Regional Authority shall permit transfer of the said authorisation and/or the goods imported under it subject to such conditions as may be specified.

3.  Where the materials are found defective or unfit for use, the said materials may be re-exported back to the foreign supplier within three years from the date of payment of duty on the importation thereof :

Provided that at the time of re-export the materials are identified to the satisfaction of the Deputy Commissioner of Customs or Assistant Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be, as the materials which were imported.

Explanation – For the purposes of this notification,-

(i) “Foreign Trade Policy” means the Foreign Trade Policy 2004-2009 published vide notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, No.1/2006 dated the 7th April, 2006;

(ii)   “Regional 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 authorized by him to grant an authorisation under the said Act;

(iii)    “Materials” means –

(a)  raw materials, components, intermediates, consumables, catalysts,  and parts which are required for manufacture of resultant product;

(b) mandatory spares within a value limit of ten per cent of the value of the authorisation which are required to be exported alongwith the resultant product;

(c)  fuel required for manufacture of resultant product; and

(d)  packaging materials required for packing of resultant product.

(iv) “manufacture” has the same meaning as is assigned to it in paragraph 9.37 of the Foreign Trade Policy.

  F. No.605/36/2006-DBK (Pt.)

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