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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: 13-01-2017
Customs Notification No. 04/2017 (NT)
Tariff value Notification in respect of Fixation of tariff Value of Edible Oils, Brass Scrap, Poppy Seeds, Areca Nut, Gold and Sliver

Date: 12-01-2017
Customs Notification No. 03/2017 (NT)
Regarding in amendment in Notification no. 131/2016-Customs (N.T.) dated 31.10.2016 relating to AIR of duty drawback

Date: 12-01-2017
RBI/2016-17/212 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 27
Evidence of Import under Import Data Processing and Monitoring System (IDPMS)

Date: 12-01-2017
RBI/2016-17/211 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 26
Exim Bank's GoI supported Line of Credit of USD 0.17 million to the Government of the Republic of Burundi

Date: 12-01-2017
Service Tax Notification No. 4/2017 (ST)
Seeks to amend notification No. 26/2012-ST dated 20.06.2012 so as to rationalize the abatement for tour operator services

Date: 12-01-2017
Service Tax Notification No. 3/2017 (ST)
Seeks to amend notification No. 30/2012-ST dated 20.06.2012 so as to specify the person complying with the sections 29, 30 or 38 read with section 148 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) as the person liable for paying service tax in case of services provided or agreed to be provided by a person located in non-taxable territory to a person located in non-taxable territory by way of transportation of goods by a vessel from a place outside India up to the customs station of clearance in India.

Date: 12-01-2017
Service Tax Notification No. 2/2017 (ST)
Seeks to amend Service Tax Rules, 1994 so as to, (i) exclude such persons from the definition of aggregator who enable a potential customer to connect with persons providing services by way of renting of hotels, inns, guest houses, clubs, campsites or other commercial places meant for residential or lodging purposes subject to fulfillment of certain conditions; (ii) Specify the person complying with the sections 29, 30 or 38 read with section 148 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) as the person liable for paying service tax in case of services provided or agreed to be provided by a person located in non-taxable territory to a person located in non-taxable territory by way of transportation of goods by a vessel from a place outside India up to the customs station of clearance in India.

Date: 12-01-2017
Service Tax Notification No. 1/2017 (ST)
Seeks to amend notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20.06.2012 so as to (i) withdraw the exemption from service tax for services provided or agreed to be provided by a person located in non-taxable territory to a person located in non-taxable territory by way of transportation of goods by a vessel from a place outside India up to the customs station of clearance in India; (ii) exempt services provided by a business facilitator or a business correspondent to a banking company with respect to accounts in its rural area branch.

Date: 11-01-2017
Central Excise Notification No. 01/2017 CE (NT)
Notification under Section 11C of the Central Excise Act on Plain (un-modified) Tamarind Kernel Powder falling under heading 1302

Date: 11-01-2017
Notification No. 02/2017-Customs (ADD)
Seeks to levy provisional ant-dumping duty on 'Colour coated/pre-painted flat products of alloy or non-alloy steel' originating in or exported from People's Republic of China and European Union for a period of six months (unless revoked, superseded or amended earlier).



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