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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: 27-05-2016
Notification No. 20/2016-Customs (ADD)
Seeks to impose anti-dumping duty on ?Coumarin? of all types [Tariff Item 2932 20 10], originating in or exported from People?s Republic of China, for a period of five years (unless revoked, superseded or amended earlier).

Date: 27-05-2016
DGFT Public Notice No. 13/2015-2020
Single application for filing claim under MEIS for shipments from different EDI Ports

Date: 26-05-2016
Central Excise Notification No. 28/2016 CE (NT)
Seeks to amend Cenvat Credit Rules so as to prescribe that Cenvat credit of Krishi Kalyan Cess paid on input services would be available to service providers and could be utilised for discharge of liability of Krishi Kalyan Cess only

Date: 26-05-2016
Customs Notification No. 35/2016
Seeks to further amend notification No.27/2011-Customs dated 1.3.2011

Date: 26-05-2016
RBI/2015-16/411 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 72
Memorandum of Procedure for channeling transactions through Asian Clearing Union (ACU)

Date: 26-05-2016
RBI/2015-16/412 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 73
Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) Foreign Exchange (Compounding Proceedings) Rules, 2000 (the Rules) - Compounding of Contraventions under FEMA, 1999

Date: 26-05-2016
RBI/2015-16/414 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 74
Export Data Processing and Monitoring System (EDPMS) – Additional modules for caution listing of exporters, reporting of advance remittance for exports and migration of old XOS data

Date: 26-05-2016
Service Tax Notification No. 27/2016 (ST)
Seeks to provide that notification No. 30/2012 - Service Tax, dated the 20th June, 2012, shall be applicable mutatis mutandis for the purposes of Krishi Kalyan Cess.

Date: 26-05-2016
Service Tax Notification No. 28/2016 (ST)
Seeks to exempt such taxable services from whole of Krishi Kalyan Cess leviable thereon which are either exempt from the whole of service tax by a notification or otherwise not leviable to service tax. Further, the notification seeks to provide that abatement notification shall be applicable for computing Krishi Kalyan Cess

Date: 26-05-2016
Service Tax Notification No. 29/2016 (ST)
Seeks to amend notification No. 39/2012- ST, dated the 20th June, 2012 so as to provide for rebate of Krishi Kalyan Cess paid on all services, used in providing services exported in terms of rule 6A of the Service Tax Rules



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