Government of India
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Directorate General of Foreign Trade
Udyog Bhavan, New Delhi-110011
Policy Circular No.2 (RE-2013)/2009-2014
Dated the 26thJuly, 2013
All Development commissioners, SEZ
All Licensing Authorities.
All Custom Authorities.
Subject: Validity of IEC for Export Oriented Unit (EOU) or units in Special Economic Zone/Electronics Hardware Technology Park(EHTP)/Software Technology Park(STP)/Bio-Technology Park(BTP) after de-bonding: Review of Policy Circular 26/ dated 11.8.2008.
Under Policy Circular No.26 dated 11.8.2008, at the time of de-bonding and converting to DTA unit, a 100% EOU surrenders its IEC to the concerned Development Commissioner of Special Economic Zone (from where it obtained IEC) for cancellation. Thereafter, the firm approaches the concerned RA for issue of a fresh IEC against the same PAN Number. On the other hand, when a DTA unit converts into a 100% EOU unit, its IEC issued by RA continues to remain valid.
2. The issue has been reviewed. It is felt that the existing arrangement can be improved to reduce transaction cost. Accordingly, it has been decided that an IEC will remain valid irrespective of a firm’s status as a DTA unit or an EOU or a SEZ/ EHTP/STP/BTP unit and the procedure to be followed in case a firm/unit is de-bonded and converted to DTA is as under:
3. It is reiterated that when a DTA unit converts itself into an EOU or a unit in SEZ/EHTP/S