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Amendment in import policy of pepper

Import of pepper over and above CIF Rs. 500/ per kilogram is free and import below CIF Rs. 500/ is prohibited. Amendment in import policy and policy condition of pepper classified under Chapter 09 of ITC (HS), 2017–Schedule-1(Import Policy).

To be Published in the Gazette ofIndia Extraordinary Part-II, Section – 3, Sub-Section  (ii))
Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Department of Commerce
Directorate General of Foreign Trade

Notification No. 53/2015-2020
New Delhi, Dated: 21 March, 2018

Subject: Amendment in import policy and policy condition of pepper classified under Chapter 09 of ITC (HS), 2017–Schedule-1(Import Policy).

S.O. (E): In exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 of FT (D&R) Act, 1992, read with paragraph 1.02 and 2.01 of the Foreign Trade Policy, 2015-2020, as amended from time to time, the Central Government hereby amends the import policy and policy condition of ‘Pepper’ classified under Chapter 09 of ITC (HS), 2017 – Schedule – 1 (Import Policy) as under:

Exim Code Item Description Policy Revised Policy Revised Policy Condition
0904 11 Neither crushed nor ground
0904 11 10 Pepper, long Free Prohibited However, import is free if CIF is above Rs. 500/- per kg.
0904 11 20 Light black pepper Free Prohibited However, import is free if CIF is above Rs. 500/- per kg. Further, imports under Advance Authorization Scheme is ‘Free’ and are exempted from the MIP condition when import is for extraction of oleoresin, for re- export, by the manufacturer exporters only, subject to the following condition:

A. Light black pepper berries shall have a minimum pipering content of 6% for import into India under AAS for oleoresin.

B. The samples shall be drawn by Customs and tested at Spices Board’ Quality Evaluation Labs for piperine content as per the ISO 5564 method.

C. The yield assessment for oleoresin for AAS shall be done as per the ISO 1108 method at the Quality Evaluation Lab of Spices Board.

D. The manufacturer exporters who import pepper under AAs, for oleoresin purpose shall submit the details of import of pepper viz. Quantity of pepper imported, quantity of oleoresin produced, quantity of oleoresin re- exported, balance stock available as well as the details of usage/ disposal of spent material on a monthly basis to the Spices Board.

0904 11 30 Black pepper, garbled Free Prohibited However, import is free if CIF is above Rs. 500/- per kg.
0904 11 40 Black pepper, garbled Free Prohibited However, import is free if CIF is above Rs. 500/- per kg.
0904 11 50 Green pepper, dehydrated Free Prohibited However, import is free if CIF is above Rs. 500/- per kg.
0904 11 60 Pepper pinheads Free Prohibited However, import is free if CIF is above Rs. 500/- per kg.
0904 11 70 Green pepper, frozen or dried Free Prohibited However, import is free if CIF is above Rs. 500/- per kg.
0904 11 80 Pepper other than green, frozen Free Prohibited However, import is free if CIF is above Rs. 500/- per kg.
0904 11 90 Other Free Prohibited However, import is free if CIF is above Rs. 500/- per kg.
0904 12 00 Crushed or ground Free Prohibited However, import is free if CIF is above Rs. 500/- per kg.

Effect of this Notification: Import of pepper over and above CIF Rs. 500/ per kilogram is free and import below CIF Rs. 500/ is prohibited.

(Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi)

Director General Of Foreign Trade

[Issued from F.No. 01/53/162/1109/AM-07/F.2/115/P -2 (B)/e- 6695]

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