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Starting Import Business Introduction.


Introduction

Starting an import business is a goal of more than thousands of merchants and businessman. Like an export business, import business is also very profitable business, if an importer proceeds with the right strategies. However, the long term success and profitability of an import business greatly depends on the importer’s knowledge and understanding about the international market and foreign market analysis.

Today, importing goods from abroad has becomes a big business. Everything from beverages to cars--and a staggering list of other products that one might have never imagined has now become the part of the global import. Millions of products are bought, sold, represented and distributed somewhere in the world on a daily basis.

Reasons for Import

There are number of supporting reasons why import business and services is growing at such a fast rate:-

Availability: An individual or business man or an importer needs to import because there are certain things that he can’t grow or manufacture in his home country. For example Bananas in Alaska, Mahogany Lumber in Maine and Ball Park franks in France.

Cachet: A lot of things, like caviar and champagne, pack more cachet, more of an "image," if they're imported rather than home-grown. Think Scandinavian furniture, German beer, French perfume, Egyptian cotton. It all seems classier when it comes from distant place.

Price: Price factor is also an important reason for import of products. Some products are cheaper when imported from foreign country. For example Korean toys, Taiwanese electronics and Mexican clothing, to rattle off a few, can often be manufactured or assembled in foreign factories for far less money than if they were made on the domestic country.

Import in India

The rising middle income groups of consumers in India and their increasing levels on expenditure on various products has resulted a faster rising demand of the Indian import business. Major imports of India include cereals, edible oils, machineries, fertilizers and petroleum products. Total import from India estimated to be around US$187.9 billion. India is also a bulk importer of edible oil, sugar, pulp and paper, newsprint, crude rubber and Iron and steel.

Import Regulatory Body

In India, all the activities related to import are handled by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), a government organisation that also controls the export business in India. DGFT and all its regional offices work under the Ministry Commerce and Industries, Department of Commerce, Government of India. All the procedure and policies in matter related to the import is announced by the DGFT through its notification, appendices and forms.


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Date: 05-04-2021
Notification No. 41/2021-Customs (N.T.)
Seeks to notify Customs (Verification of Identity and Compliance) Regulations, 2021

Date: 05-04-2021
Notification No. 20/2021 -Customs (ADD)
Seeks to impose definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of Flexible slabstock polyol originating in or exported from Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates for a period of five years.

Date: 01-04-2021
Trade Notice No. 01/2021-2022
Electronic filing and Issuance of Preferential Certificate of Origin (CoO) for India’s Exports under India-Mauritius Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (IMCECPA) w.e.f. 01st April 2021

Date: 01-04-2021
Notification No. 40/2021 - Customs (N.T.)
Exchange rates Notification No.40/2021-Cus (NT) dated 01.04.2021

Date: 31-03-2021
Notification No. 19/2021-Customs (ADD)
Seeks to further amend notification No. 2/2016-Customs (ADD) dated 28th Jan, 2016 to extend the levy of Anti-Dumping duty on Melamine originating in or exported from China PR, up to and inclusive of 30th September, 2021.

Date: 31-03-2021
Notification No. 60/2015-2020-DGFT
Extension of FTP 2015-20 upto 30.09.2021

Date: 31-03-2021
Notification No. 61/2015-2020-DGFT
Amendment in Import Policy of Copper and Aluminium under Chapter - 74 and Chapter - 76 of ITC (HS), 2017, Schedule-I (Import Policy) - reg.

Date: 31-03-2021
Public Notice No. 48/2015-2020-DGFT
Extension of HBP 2015-20 upto 30.09.2021

Date: 31-03-2021
Public Notice No. 49/2015-20
Amendment in Appendix-2K providing for updation of IEC – reg.

Date: 31-03-2021
Public Notice No. 50/2015-20
Procedure for allocation of quota, for year 2021-2022, for import of (i) Calcined Pet Coke (0.5 Million MT per annum) for Aluminum Industry and (ii) Raw Pet Coke (1.4 Million MT) for CPC manufacturing industry - reg.



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