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  • Dec 02, 2020
  • India extends anti-dumping duty on methylene chloride imports from China till Jan 31

    India has extended anti-dumping duty on imports of methylene chloride from China till January 31, 2021, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said in a notification issued Tuesday.

    The Board said that the decision has been taken after the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) initiated a review and sought for extension of the duty.

    "Notwithstanding anything contained in paragraph 2, the anti-dumping duty imposed on the subject goods shall remain in force up to and inclusive of the 31st January, 2021, unless revoked, superseded or amended earlier.” the notification said.

  • Nov 28, 2020
  • Government cuts import duty on crude palm oil to 27.5 pc effective November 27

    The government on Thursday reduced the basic customs duty on crude palm oil to 27.5 per cent, a move that would increase availability of the commodity in the domestic market. The duty cut would also help cool off rising edible oil prices in domestic markets.

    The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in a notification said the basic customs duty (BCD) rate on crude palm oil has been revised to 27.5 per cent with effect from November 27.

    The BCD on crude palm oil is 37.5 per cent currently.

    Palm oil constitutes over 40 per cent of India's total edible oil consumption. Edible oil is India's third-largest imported commodity after crude oil and gold.

    India is the world's largest importer of edible oil, and buys around 15 million tonnes annually from countries including Malaysia and Indonesia.

  • Oct 29, 2020
  • Circular No. 48/2020-Customs

    Manufacturing and other operations undertaken in bonded warehouses under Section 65 of the Customs Act, 1962-reg.

  • Sep 21, 2020
  • 5% import duty on open cell used in TV manufacturing from October 1

    A 5 per cent customs duty will be reimposed on the import of open cell for TVs from October 1 following the end of one year exemption period, a finance ministry source said.


    The government had last year exempted customs duty on open cell, a kep component of TV, for a year till September 30 as the domestic industry had sought time to build capacity.

    With the exemption coming to an end, 5 per cent duty would be reimposed on open cell from October 1, a finance ministry source said.

    The source further said that this move is elemental to the Phased Manufacturing Plan (PMP) of television and its components to bring the industry out of mere television assembling while being totally dependent on imports for all its parts.

    “Manufacturing in India cannot survive on support of import forever,” the source said.

    Till last year televisions worth Rs 7,000 crore were being imported. The government has supported the television industry through custom duty structure.

    A customs duty of 20 per cent has been imposed on imports of television since December 2017.

    Television import has also been put on the restricted category with effect from July end this year. Television manufacturers are enjoying full reasonable protection from imports, the source added.

  • Sep 07, 2020
  • Customs to roll out pan-India faceless assessment for all imports by October 31

    The Customs Department will roll out pan-India faceless assessment for all imported goods by October 31, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has said. While faceless assessment for import of certain goods was already rolled out in Bengaluru and Chennai ports on June 8, it was extended to Delhi and Mumbai Customs on August 3. This will now be extended in phases to all ports across the country by December 31.

    “Board has decided to roll out the Faceless Assessment at an all India level in all ports of import and for all imported goods by October 31, 2020,” the CBIC said in a circular. Faceless assessment enables an assessing officer, who is physically located in a particular jurisdiction, to assess a Bill of Entry pertaining to imports made at a different Customs station, whenever such a Bill of Entry has been assigned to him through an automated system.

    The CBIC has constituted 11 National Assessment Centres (NACs), consisting of the Principal Commissioners/ Commissioners of Customs.

  • Aug 27, 2020
  • DGTR recommends anti-dumping duty on chemical imported from China, Malaysia, Vietnam

    The commerce ministry’s investigation arm DGTR has recommended imposition of anti-dumping duty for five years on ‘choline chloride’, a chemical imported from China, Malaysia and Vietnam, to guard domestic players from cheap inbound shipments.

    The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended duty in the range of $94 per tonne to $315 per tonne after conducting a probe on alleged dumping of Choline Chloride in all forms by these countries, following a complaint by a domestic manufacturer.

    The chemical is used in animal feed and the oil and gas sector.

    The finance ministry will take the final call to impose the levy.

    Jubilant Life Sciences filed an application for imposition of anti-dumping duty on the imports from these three countries.

    “The authority recommends imposition of anti-dumping duty…so as to remove the injury to the domestic industry,” according to a notification of the DGTR.

    It said the product has been exported to India from these countries below its normal value, resulting in dumping and due to this, the domestic industry has suffered material injury.

    In international trade parlance, dumping happens when a country or a firm exports an item at a price lower than the price of that product in its domestic market. Dumping impacts the price of that product in the importing country, hitting margins and profits of domestic manufacturing firms.

  • Aug 25, 2020
  • DGTR recommends a 10% safeguard duty on single-mode optical fibre imports

    The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) on August 24 recommended a 10 percent safeguard duty on single-mode optical fibre imports. This duty would be imposed over a one-year period as it found that there has been a significant surge in imports for the product.

    This decision came after Sterlite Technologies and Birla Furukawa Fibre Optics, approached the DGTR and said they were unable to compete with imports and regain their market share.

    The DGTR also conducted a probe following an application filed by the firms.

    Currently, the majority of single-mode optical fibre imports come from China. In fact, the imports increased from 1,903 FKM in FY 17 to 9,918 FKM in FY19.

  • Aug 28, 2020
  • Circular No. 38/2020-Customs

    Guidelines regarding implementation of section 28DA of the Customs Act,
    1962 and CAROTAR, 2020 in respect of Rules of Origin under Trade Agreements (FTA/PTA/CECA/CEPA) and verification of Certificates of Origin- reg.

  • Aug 14, 2020
  • India imposes provisional anti-dumping duty on black toner from China, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei

    India has imposed anti-dumping duty on black toner in powder form, used in printers and photocopiers, imported from China, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei for six months to guard domestic players. The duty was imposed following recommendation by Commerce Ministry’s investigation arm Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR).

    DGTR had in June recommended the duty after conducting a probe in alleged dumping of the product by certain companies from these countries, following a complaint by domestic manufacturers. The duty imposed is in the range of USD 196 per tonne to USD 1,686 per tonne. “The provisional anti-dumping duty imposed under this notification shall be effective for a period of six months (unless revoked, amended or superseded earlier)…,” Department of Revenue has said in a notification.

  • Jul 30, 2020
  • Govt imposes safeguard duty on solar cells for one more year till July 2021

    The government has imposed safeguard duty on solar cells for one more year till July 2021 to protect domestic manufacturers and discourage cheap imports from countries like China. The move followed recommendation by the commerce ministry’s investigation arm Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) for continued imposition of the duty for one more year.

    In its probe, the DGTR had concluded that after a decline in imports in 2018-19 due to the imposition of safeguard duty on solar cells whether or not assembled in modules or panels, imports have increased during April-September 2019 due to reduction in rate of the duty from July 30, 2019.

    After considering the findings of the DGTR, the department of revenue in a notification has said that it is imposing “a safeguard duty” on the product. The department “seeks to continue the levy of safeguard duty on imports of solar cells whether or not assembled in modules or panels for a period of one year, in pursuance of final findings of review investigations issued by DGTR,” it said.

    A duty of 14.9 per cent will be levied during July 30, 2020, to January 29, 2021, and then 14.5 per cent during January 30, 2021, to July 29, 2021, it added. The directorate had stated that there has been a significant increase in imports of the cells.

    “The domestic industry is continuing to suffer serious injury which is evidenced from an overall consideration of its performance, particularly on the basis of its capacity utilisation which is sub-par considering the demand of the product, increasing levels of inventory and negative profitability,” it had said.

  • Jul 20, 2020
  • BAT signal: New tax likely on certain imports to provide domestic players a level-playing field

    Amid a policy push for Atmanirbhar Bharat, the government has revived a proposal to levy the so-called border adjustment tax (BAT) on certain imported goods – including steel and certain related products – to provide domestic manufacturers, who are subject to various embeded taxes, a level-playing field against overseas suppliers.

    Alternatively, the government may consider a proposal to refund these taxes – including duties on electricity and fuel, clean energy cess, mandi tax, royalties and biodiversity fees — that are not subsumed by the goods and services tax (GST) to domestic manufacturers. While the Centre has approved a scheme, RoDTEP, to reimburse all such levies paid on inputs consumed in exports, it doesn’t cover goods sold in the domestic market.

    Indian industry has been complaining about the plethora of local levies inflating their cost of production. This is because these are not subsumed by the GST and, therefore, input tax credit isn’t extended against such imposts. But imported goods, in most cases, aren’t loaded with such levies in their respective countries of origin, thus, enjoying price advantages vis-à-vis products manufactured in India.

    A BAT will be designed to nullify this unfair edge to overseas suppliers and will be in sync with WTO norms, a senior government official told FE. It will require an amendment to the Customs Act.

    Another official source said the steel ministry recently wrote to the finance ministry, seeking the imposition of the BAT. The commerce department had earlier suggested to the revenue department to consider such a levy on imported goods. If finally approved, the impost will be levied over and above the existing customs duties.

  • Jul 17, 2020
  • Government plans to impose 20% customs duty on solar power equipment to cut imports: Anurag Thakur

    The government is considering a proposal by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to impose 20 per cent basic customs duty on solar modules to provide an edge to domestic manufacturers and discourage imports, particularly from China, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said on Thursday.

    While the government has taken a number of steps to increase capacities in the renewable energy sector in the last few years, it is now time to cut down reliance on imports of solar equipment and components, especially from China, the minister said.

    Currently, Chinese firms supply about 80 per cent of solar cells and modules in the Indian market.

    “We are also planning to impose, as the MNRE suggested and they have been taking up with us (Finance Ministry), 20 per cent basic customs duty on the solar modules to discourage import from other countries,” he said while addressing a webinar organised by CII.

    India imported solar power equipment worth USD 1.2 billion during April-December 2019, he said.

    Thakur further said the government is in discussions with various stakeholders and most of the policies in the coming times will be long-term, aimed at making India self-reliant.

    Speaking about the emphasis of the Narendra Modi-led government on green energy, he said, “The focus on renewable energy shows our ambition, intent and commitment to the world to shift towards a green future. India no longer talks about mega watts, we are taking giant strides towards giga watts capacity building to power our industries and cities of the future.”

    The government has set up a green energy corridor with an estimated investment of USD 5.8 billion to ensure evacuation of renewable energy from generation points to the load centres by creating transmission infrastructure.

    Besides, he said, MNRE has announced a provision for bank loans up to a limit of USD 2.3 million to borrowers to set up solar-based power generators, bio-mass based power generators, wind power systems and micro hydel plants.

  • Jul 08, 2020
  • Govt eases export, import process; lays out ‘Turant Customs’ plan for faster clearance


    Govt eases export, import process; lays out ‘Turant Customs’ plan for faster clearance
    By: Samrat Sharma | Published: July 7, 2020 5:57 PM
    The government has introduced a contactless process in customs, which would enhance the in-house testing capability of the customs.
    customs, custom clearance, contactless customs, turant customs,

    The government has unveiled new and modern testing equipment inducted into the Central Revenues Control Laboratory (CRCL), aimed at making imports and exports clearances faster.
    In an effort to smoothen the process of imports and exports in India, the government has introduced a contactless process, which would enhance the in-house testing capability of the customs. M Ajit Kumar, Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) unveiled new and modern testing equipment inducted into the Central Revenues Control Laboratory (CRCL), aimed at making imports and exports clearances faster, said a statement by the Ministry of Finance. Under the CBIC’s flagship programme — Turant Customs — the government has equipped the testing facilities of the CRCL with state-of-art equipment, costing about Rs 80 crores.

    With the new upgradation, the exporters can self manage changes in their bank account and AD Code through ICEGATE as well as register on ICEGATE without having to approach a Customs officer. The facility of an automated debit of bonds for importers has also been announced today. It has also been decided that the balance in the bond would be indicated in the import document, which would help importers in planning their imports.

  • Jul 06, 2020
  • $12 billion worth Chinese imports under government lens; customs duty may be hiked

    As India considers steps to curtail cheap and substandard imports from China, it is set to start with raising basic customs duties on dozens of products. This would be followed up with non-tariff measures, such as standard specifications for hundreds of items, in the medium term, sources told FE. Though the move is not patently China-specific and will apply to imports of the specified items from any country, the brunt of the decisions will be borne by China.

    The government is considering a list of 1,173 items — ranging from auto parts, compressors for AC and refrigerators to select steel and aluminium products and electrical machinery — to zero in on products/ sub-products on which the import duties can be hiked. These items are mostly imported from China and can be substituted with local production without much hassles, one of the sources said.

  • Jun 26, 2020
  • 100% physical check of imports: Non-Chinese companies like Apple may be exempt

    Foreign companies such as Apple that import finished goods or inputs from China to India could be spared the recently imposed 100% physical check of shipments from that country, people familiar with the matter told ET. The heightened scrutiny of Chinese imports, which has led to goods getting stuck at ports and airports, follows border hostilities between the two nations and a move to reduce India’s business and trade ties with its neighbour.

    The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) informally flagged the issue to the finance ministry after the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum raised its concern over the matter. The forum, which represents key US companies in India, has also written to the finance ministry on the issue.

    “Their representation is being examined,” a government official said.

    “There is no intention to cause any hardship to industry,” said one of the persons cited above.

  • Jun 26, 2020
  • Government steps up efforts to cut solar panel imports from China, proposes 20-25% customs duty

    To curb imports of solar panels, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed to levy 20-25% basic customs duty, Union power minister RK Singh said. For solar cells, the domestic manufacturing capacity of which is lower, the duty will be 15%, he added. The duty on panels will progressively be increased to 40%.
    The duties are expected to be levied right after the safeguard duty regime on these products ends on July 31.

    The levying of the duty is aimed at reducing imports from China, which continues to be the largest supplier of solar equipment to India even after imposition of the safeguard duty in July 2018.
    The government in July 2018 had imposed a 25% safeguard duty on import of solar cells from China, Malaysia and developed countries.

  • Jun 24, 2020
  • India imposes anti-dumping duty on certain steel products from China, Vietnam, Korea

    India on Tuesday imposed anti-dumping duty on imports of certain type of steel products from China, Vietnam and Korea for five years with a view to guard domestic manufacturers from cheap imports from these countries.

    The duty imposed is in the range of USD 13.07 per tonne to USD 173.1 per tonne on imports of ‘Flat rolled product of steel, plated or coated with alloy of Aluminium and Zinc’ from these three countries.

    The duty was imposed after the Commerce Ministry’s investigation arm Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), in its probe, concluded that the product was exported to India by these countries below its associated normal value, which resulted in dumping and in turn impacting domestic players.

    “The anti-dumping duty imposed under this notification shall be effective for a period of five years (unless revoked, amended or superseded earlier) from the date of imposition of the provisional anti-dumping duty, that is, October 15, 2019,” the department of revenue said in a notification.

    In international trade parlance, dumping happens when a country or a firm exports an item at a price lower than the price of that product in its domestic market.

  • Jun 19, 2020
  • From infrastructure to hi-tech: Mapping China’s large trade footprint in India

    The deadly border skirmishes between India and China have cast a cloud over trade relations, which have seen the latter rapidly expand its footprint in the Indian economy, spanning infrastructure, physical goods and hi-tech, with the value of total bilateral trade surging 20% in the last six years, according to official data. At least some of this surge, experts admit, has come at the cost of local industry.

    Chinese firms have ploughed huge investments into some of the country’s most iconic tech brands, such as the ride-hailing service Ola, a fintech company Paytm, food-delivery app Zomato and e-commerce platform Flipkart.

    How large are Chinese investments in India and what do the two countries trade in? Mapping these two variables shows bilateral trade clocked an average double-digit growth in the last three years, and much of it to China’s advantage.

    According to data from the commerce ministry, India’s bilateral trade with China was worth nearly $80 billion in 2019. Data posted on India’s Beijing embassy website, which it sourced to China’s customs department, showed total bilateral trade between Jan and Nov 2019 at $84.3 billion, a drop of nearly 3.2% from the previous year’s $ 95.7 billion.

  • Jun 08, 2020
  • Customs dept to launch faceless assessment of consignments from Monday

    In order to improve transparency and the ease of doing business, the customs department will on Monday roll out the first phase of the country-wide faceless assessmemt of consignments. Under the system, consignments will be assessed by officials electronically, irrespective of the port where the goods arrive.
    The first phase will commence in Chennai and Bengaluru. It will cover a specific set of items and will be expanded across India by this calendar year-end.
    "The Board has decided to begin faceless assessment in phases. The first phase would begin from June 8, 2020, in Bengaluru and Chennai for items of imports primarily covered by Chapters 84 and 85 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975," the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said in a circular.

    In order to improve transparency and the ease of doing business, the customs department will on Monday roll out the first phase of the country-wide faceless assessmemt of consignments. Under the system, consignments will be assessed by officials electronically, irrespective of the port where the goods arrive.
    The first phase will commence in Chennai and Bengaluru. It will cover a specific set of items and will be expanded across India by this calendar year-end.
    "The Board has decided to begin faceless assessment in phases. The first phase would begin from June 8, 2020, in Bengaluru and Chennai for items of imports primarily covered by Chapters 84 and 85 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975," the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said in a circular.

  • Apr 22, 2020
  • Lockdown effect: CBIC extends facility of import, export without furnishing bonds to Customs till May 15

    The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on Tuesday extended the deadline to import and export goods without furnishing bonds to the Customs authorities by a fortnight till May 15, a move aimed at facilitating trade during the COVID-19 lockdown. In a circular, the CBIC said businesses will, however, have to furnish proper bond to the Customs authorities by May 30 for import and exports done through undertaking till May 15.

    In view of the lockdown, the apex indirect tax body had earlier set end April as the date for import and exports by issuing undertaking. In view of the extension of lockdown till May 3, the trade facilitation measure has now been extended till May 15.

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