TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA EXTRAORDINARY

(PART-I, SECTION-1)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF COMMERCE

PUBLIC NOTICE NO.54 (RE-00)/1997-2002

NEW DELHI: 07-02.2001

In exercise of powers conferred under paragraph 4.11 of the Export and Import Policy, 1997-2002, as notified in the Gazette of India extraordinary, Part-II- Section 3–Sub-section (ii) vide S.O No. 283(E) dated 31.3.97, the Director General of Foreign Trade hereby makes the following amendment in the Handbook of Procedures (Vol.1) (RE-00), 1997-2002.

1. The earthquake which struck Gujarat on 26th January, 2001 had devastated many units including exporting units. The following amendments shall be deemed to have been made wherever required in respect of the units located in the areas affected by earthquake in the State of Gujarat.

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2. Under paragraph 6.11, one year general extension in export obligation both for fulfilling the yearwise/block of yearwise export obligation or for fulfilling the complete export obligation shall be available to units hit by earthquake under the EPCG Scheme.

3. The monitoring of export performance in respect of EOUs in Gujarat and units in Kandla Special Economic Zone damaged by earthquake shall be deferred till 30.6.2001.

4. Under paragraph 7.22, a further period of one year shall be given for completing the export obligation under Advance Licensing Scheme.

5. Under paragraph 7.23 relating to validity of Advance Licence one year deemed validity shall be extended to all Advance Licence with port of registration in areas affected by earthquake which have expired in the month of January, 2001 or thereafter.

6. Similarly, the validity of DEPB and DFRC with port of registration in areas affected by earthquake in Gujarat shall be deemed to have been extended by one year in respect of DEPB/DFRC which have expired in the month of January, 2001 or thereafter.

7. Wherever the prescribed documents includes the submission of original documents, the units affected by the earthquake in Gujarat may submit duplicate copies of the document duly attested by the Bank/Customs authorities, as the case may be, for claiming any licence and also for discharge of export obligation. No cut, which is normally applicable when an applicant submits the duplicate documents, shall be applicable in such cases.

8. Wherever the time limit for filing an application (except an application for claiming Special Import licence) falls in the month of January, 2001, or thereafter, the same shall be extended to 31st December, 2001 or the normal time limit applicable whichever is later.

This issues in public interest.

(N.L.Lakhanpal)

Director General of Foreign Trade

Copy to all concerned,

By orders etc.

(A.B.Menon)

Dy.Director General of Foreign Trade

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