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A Trade Notice No 11/2018 dated 30.06.2018 had been issued by DGFT to bring changes in various chapters of Foreign Trade Policy (FTP). This has been done bring parity in FTP provisions for the implementation of the GST regime applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2017.

The important changes are as below :

1. Authority

The term "Central Excise Authority" used in Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 and Foreign Trade procedures 2015-20 should be read as "Jurisdictional Customs Authority". This will be a big change in administration with respect to FTP.

2. IEC

Changes in IEC notified through Trade Notice NO.09/201'8 dated 12.06.2017.

IEC will require incorporation of GSTIN will be declared in all shipping bills and bills of entry. GSTIN. 

3. Duty Credit Scripts

The Duty Credit Scrips (issued under Chapter 3 of the FTP) cannot be used for payment of IGST and GST compensation cess in imports, and CGST, SGST, IGST and GST compensation cess for domestic procurement.

4. Advance Authorization

Importers would need to pay IGST and take input tax credit as applicable under GST rules.

Imports 

Imports under Advance Authorization would continue to be exempted from payment of Basic Customs Duty, Additional Customs Duty specified under Section 3(1), 3(3) and 3(5) of the Customs Tariff Act, Education Cess, Anti-dumping Duty, Safeguard Duty and Transition Product Specific Safeguard Duty, wherever applicable.

Local Procurement

Applicable GST would need to be paid while making local procurement, using an invalidation letter of Advance Authorisation/DFIA. Recipient of goods can take Input Tax Credit (ITC) of the GST paid on such local procurement. This Input Tax Credit can be utilized as per GST rules. 

5. Advance Release Order

a. Procurement of Inputs

a. Advance Release Order facility shall not be available for procurement of inputs under Advance Authorization scheme except for inputs listed in Schedule 4 of Central Excise Act, 1944 read with The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Act 2017 No 18 of 2017, with effect from July 1, 2017. RAs are directed not to issue ARO except for Schedule-4 items as stated above.

b. Procurement of Capital Goods

 ARO facility shall not be available for sourcing of Capital Goods manufactured indigenously.    ( Chap -5)

c. Gems and Jewellery

Imports/exports under the replenishment schemes for the Gems and Jewellery sector covered under chapter 4 of FTP and HBP shall be subject to Customs Notification issued/ to be issued in this regard.

6. Importer to avail ITC

Importers would need to pay IGST and take input tax credit as applicable under GST rules.

7. EOU/ EHTP/STP/BTP

a. Imports - EOU are allowed duty free Imports of goods for their authorized operations. In GST regime, the import of goods covered under GST would be exempted from the whole of the duty of customs specified under the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (BCD) enabled by Notification no. 52/2003 - Cus.

But, no exemption is granted to such goods for IGST and compensation cess as leviable under sub- section (7) and (9) of the said Act. The taxes so paid on imports will be neutralized by ITC. (Chapter 6)

The import of goods covered under Fourth Schedule of the Central Excise Act would be exempted from the whole of the duty of customs specified under the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (BCD) and also from the additional duty leviable under sub- sections (1),(3) and (5) of section (3) of the said Act (CVD & SAD) enabled by Notification no. 52/2003 - Cus.

b. Domestic procurements: An EOU will have to pay applicable GST for all indigenous procurement i.e. CGST/SGST/UTGST/IGST .The taxes so paid will be neutralized by ITC.

For the indigenous procurement of goods covered under Fourth Schedule, the EOU will continue to get ab-initio exemptions from central excise duty.

8. Supply from 100% EOU to DTA: EOUs would be required to pay CGST & SGST or lGST, as the case may be, besides paying back of whole of the duty of customs specified under the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (BCD) exemptions, if availed, on inputs used in manufacture of such finished goods.

The DTA clearances of finished goods covered under Fourth Schedule of the Central Excise Act, 1944, the EOUs would be required to pay central excise duty equal to the aggregate of duties of customs in view of proviso to Section 3(1) of the Central Excise Act, the effective rate of such duties being covered by Notification no. 23/2003 - CE.

9. Inter unit transfer/supply for EOU to other EOUs: Applicable GST would be payable on the transfer/supply of goods from one unit of EOU / EHTP / STP / BTP to another.

10. Deemed Export Supplies prior to  GST: The supplies made to different deemed exports categories till the date prior to the date of operationalization of GST, the benefits would be available as per the provisions existed till the date of operationalization of GST.

11. Supplies Made After the date of operationalization of GST:  

a. Advance Authorization: Advance authorization benefits under Chapter 4 shall be available for supplies under Chapter-7. The duty exemption benefits under AA would be limited to exemption from basic custom duty only. The exemption for items under Central Excise would be available for the items which continue under Schedule 4 of Central Excise Act, 1944 provided the items are eligible under the Advance Authorization. 

b. Deemed Export Drawback: The drawback as provided under Chapter 7 would be limited to the refund of basic custom duty only. In respect of eligible items covered under Schedule 4 of Central Excise Act, 1944 refund would also be covered under the drawback provided the item is eligible for such supply.

c. Terminal Excise Duty(TED) refund: TED refund would be available only if exemption is not available in respect of items covered under Schedule 4 of Central Excise Act, 1944 provided the items are eligible for supply under the said category of deemed exports.

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