Director General of Foreign Trade
In India Rules/Regulations are made for Export – Import in Foreign Trade Policy (FTP). Presently Policy is amended for the period for 2015-20.
Import – Export is governed by Directorate General of Foreign Trade. It is a Govt. Organisation responsible for framing all policies regarding exports and imports in India. At present Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 is applicable.
For convenience of general public certain power of DGFT have been transferred to concerned Regional Licensing Authorities (RLA) who function in their regions.
All/ Any License/ application regarding export – import lies only to DGFT/ RLA.
Any person desirous of import-export has to first take Importer Exporter Code (IEC) from concerned RLA.
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Exports from India Schemes (MEIS & SEIS) Exports from India Schemes There shall be following two schemes for exports of Merchandise and Services respectively: (i) Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS). (ii) Service Exports from India Scheme (SEIS). Duty Credit Scrips shall be granted as rewards under MEIS and SEIS. The Duty Credit Scrips and goods imported / domestically procured against them shall be freely transferable. The Duty Credit Scrips can be used for : (i) Payment of Customs Duties for import of inputs or goods, except items listed in Appendix 3A. (ii) Payment of excise duties on domestic procurement of inputs or goods, including capital goods as per DoR notification. (iii) Payment of service tax on procurement of services as per DoR notification. (iv) Payment of Customs Duty and fee as per paragraph 3.18 of this Policy. Free Foreign Exchange earned through international credit cards and other instruments, as permitted by RBI shall also be taken into account for computation of value of exports under MEIS. Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) as per Import Export Policy 2015-20 (FTP 2015-20) Objective of Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) under Indian Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 (FTP 2015-20) is to offset infrastructural inefficiencies and associated costs involved in export of goods/products, which are produced/manufactured in India, especially those having high export intensity, employment potential and thereby enhancing India’s export competitiveness. Entitlement under MEIS Exports of notified goods/products with ITC [HS] code, to notified markets as listed in Appendix 3B Table I, shall be rewarded under MEIS. Appendix 3B Table 2 also lists the rate(s) of rewards on various notified products [ITC (HS) code wise]. The basis of calculation of reward would be on realised FOB value of exports in free foreign exchange, or on FOB value of exports as given in the Shipping Bills in free foreign exchange, whichever is less, unless otherwise specified. Ineligible categories under MEIS The following exports categories /sectors shall be ineligible for Duty Credit Scrip entitlement under MEIS (i) MEIS not available for EOUs / EHTPs / BTPs/ STPs who are availing direct tax benefits / exemption. (ii)MEIS not available for Supplies made from DTA units to SEZ units (iii) MEIS not available for Export of imported goods covered under paragraph 2.46 of FTP (iv) MEIS not available for Exports through trans-shipment, meaning thereby exports that are originating in third country but transshipped through India; (v) MEIS not available for Deemed Exports; (vi) MEIS not available for SEZ/EOU/EHTP/BPT/FTWZ products exported through DTA units; (vii) MEIS not available for Items, which are restricted or prohibited for export under Schedule-2 of Export Policy in ITC (HS), unless specifically notified in Appendix 3B. (viii) MEIS not available for Service Export. (ix) MEIS not available for red sanders and beach sand. (x) MEIS not available for export products which are subject to Minimum export price or export duty. (xi) MEIS not available for diamond Gold, Silver, Platinum, other precious metal in any form including plain and studded jewellery and other precious and semi-precious stones. (xii) MEIS not available for ores and concentrates of all types and in all formations. (xiii) MEIS not available for cereals of all types. (xiv) MEIS not available for sugar of all types and all forms. (xv) MEIS not available for crude / petroleum oil and crude / primary and base products of all types and all formulations. (xvi) MEIS not available for export of milk and milk products. (xvii) MEIS not available for export of Meat and Meat Products. (xviii) MEIS not available for products wherein precious metal/diamond are used or Articles which are studded with precious stones. (xix) MEIS not available for exports made by units in FTWZ.2018-02-20T17:00:36
Objective: Objective of Service Exports from India Scheme (SEIS) is to encourage export of notified Services from India. Eligibility: (1) Service Providers of notified services, located in India, shall be rewarded under SEIS, subject to conditions as may be notified. Only Services rendered in the manner as per Para 9.51(i) and Para 9.51(ii) of this policy shall be eligible. The notified services and rates of rewards are listed in Appendix 3D for SEIS (2) Such service provider should have minimum net free foreign exchange earnings of US$15,000 in preceding financial year to be eligible for Duty Credit Scrip. For Individual Service Providers and sole proprietorship, such minimum net free foreign exchange earnings criteria would be US$10,000 in preceding financial year. (3) Payment in Indian Rupees for service charges earned on specified services, shall be treated as receipt in deemed foreign exchange as per guidelines of Reserve Bank of India. The list of such services is indicated in Appendix 3E. (4) Net Foreign exchange earnings for the scheme are defined as under: Net Foreign Exchange = Gross Earnings of Foreign Exchange minus Total expenses / payment / remittances of Foreign Exchange by the IEC holder, relating to service sector in the Financial year. (5) If the IEC holder is a manufacturer of goods as well as service provider, then the foreign exchange earnings and Total expenses / payment / remittances shall be taken into account for service sector only. (6) In order to claim reward under the scheme, Service provider shall have to have an active IEC at the time of rendering such services for which rewards are claimed. Ineligible categories under SEIS (1) SEIS not availbale for Foreign exchange remittances other than those earned for rendering of notified services would not be counted for entitlement. Thus, other sources of foreign exchange earnings such as equity or debt participation, donations, receipts of repayment of loans etc. and any other inflow of foreign exchange, unrelated to rendering of service, would be ineligible. (2) Following shall not be taken into account for calculation of entitlement under the SEIS scheme (a) Foreign Exchange remittances: Related to Financial Services Sector (i) SEIS not applicable for raising of all types of foreign currency Loans; (ii) SEIS not applicable for export proceeds realization of clients; (iii) SEIS not applicable for Issuance of Foreign Equity through ADRs / GDRs or other similar instruments; (iv) SEIS not applicable for Issuance of foreign currency Bonds; (v) SEIS not applicable for Sale of securities and other financial instruments; (vi) Other receivables not connected with services rendered by financial institutions; and SEIS not applicable for Earning through contract/regular employment abroad (e.g. labour remittances); (b) SEIS not applicable for Payments for services received from EEFC Account; (c) SEIS not applicable for Foreign exchange turnover by Healthcare Institutions like equity participation, donations etc. (d) SEIS not applicable for Foreign exchange turnover by Educational Institutions like equity participation, donations etc. (e) SEIS not applicable for Export turnover relating to services of units operating under SEZ / EOU / EHTP / STPI / BTP Schemes or supplies of services made to such units; (f) SEIS not applicable for Clubbing of turnover of services rendered by SEZ / EOU /EHTP / STPI / BTP units with turnover of DTA Service Providers; (g) SEIS not applicable for Exports of Goods. (h) SEIS not applicable for Foreign Exchange earnings for services provided by Airlines, Shipping lines service providers plying from any foreign country X to any foreign country Y routes not touching India at all. (i) SEIS not applicable for Service providers in Telecom Sector2018-02-20T17:09:22
“Deemed Exports” refer to those transactions in which goods supplied do not leave country, and payment for such supplies is received either in Indian rupees or in free foreign exchange. Supply of goods as specified in Paragraph 7.02 below shall be regarded as “Deemed Exports” provided goods are manufactured in India. Categories of Supply Supply of goods under following categories (a) to (d) by a manufacturer and under categories (e) to (h) by main / sub-contractors shall be regarded as “Deemed Exports”: A. Supply by manufacturer: (a) Supply of goods against Advance Authorisation / Advance Authorisation for annual requirement / DFIA; (b) Supply of goods to EOU / STP / EHTP / BTP; (c) Supply of capital goods against EPCG Authorisation; (d) Supply of marine freight containers by 100% EOU (Domestic freight containers-manufacturers) provided said containers are exported out of India within 6 months or such further period as permitted by customs B. Supply by main / sub-contractor (s): (e) (i) Supply of goods to projects financed by multilateral or bilateral Agencies / Funds as notified by Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), MoF, where legal agreements provide for tender evaluation without including customs duty. (ii) Supply and installation of goods and equipment (single responsibility of turnkey contracts) to projects financed by multilateral or bilateral Agencies/Funds as notified by Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), MoF, for which bids have been invited and evaluated on the basis of Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) prices for goods manufactured abroad. (iii) Supplies covered in this paragraph shall be under International Competitive Bidding (ICB) in accordance with procedures of those Agencies / Funds. (iv) A list of agencies, covered under this paragraph, for deemed export benefits, is given in Appendix 7A.2018-02-20T17:07:19