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Ministry of Finance’s Instruction No. 18/2024-Customs, dated 10th July 2024, addresses queries from field formations regarding the SCOMET policy’s application to irregular Aluminium Powder. DGFT clarified that under categories 3A301.c and 6A008.c, spherical or spheroidal aluminium powder falls under SCOMET, requiring verification by a government or NABL accredited lab. Category 6A008.h covers all forms of reactive aluminium powder, necessitating a SCOMET License, with verification options including customs inspections or documentary proof of manufacturing conditions. Officers are urged to familiarize themselves with these guidelines, and any implementation challenges should be reported to the Board.

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
(Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs)

Instruction No. 18/2024-Customs | Dated: 10.07.2024


All Principal Chief Commissioners/ Chief Commissioners of Customs/Customs (Preventive) / Customs & Central Tax
All Principal Commissioners / Commissioners of Customs / Customs (Preventive)
All Pr. Director Generals /Director Generals under CBIC

Subject: Applicability of SCOMET policy on Irregular Aluminium Powder— Clarification by DGFT – reg


It has been brought to the notice that several field formations have sought clarification on the applicability of SCOMET on irregular Aluminium Powder.

2. In this regard, DGFT has clarified the applicability of SCOMET Policy on irregular Aluminium Powder falling under the three categories viz 3A301.c, 6A008.c & 6A008.h, as under

(i) In terms of category 3A301.c & 6A008.c, if the aluminium powder is spherical or spheroidal in shape, it falls under SCOMET, if required, a report of any government or NABL accredited laboratory can be produced to the satisfaction of customs for determination of the shape and size of particle as to whether it is spherical or spheroidal or otherwise.

(ii) In terms of category 6A008.h, Aluminium Powder irrespective of any size or shape which is in the nature of reactive material, will be covered under SCOMET and would require a SCOMET License. In particular, powder manufactured under vacuum conditions or by use of noble gases is known to be reactive material. If required and with the convenience of the exporter, facts can be verified by Customs department by inspection of the manufacturing facilities or a documentary proof to this effect may be submitted by the firm to the satisfaction of customs.

3. It is requested that necessary action may be taken to sensitize officers under your jurisdiction regarding the said matter.

4. The difficulties, if any, in the implementation of this Instruction may be brought to the notice of the Board.

5. Hindi version follows.

(Radhe Krishna)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele: 011 23094012


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