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Preliminaries for Starting Import Business.




Introduction

Starting an import business needs a proper guidelines and understanding of the foreign market. Before starting an import, it is also important for an importer to obtain all the necessary information in matters associated with foreign trade agreement. Starting an import is not a get-rich-quick-scheme. Like an export, import also requires a lot of preparations.

Selecting the Commodity Market
Proper selection of the commodity market is an important factor before starting an import. Commodity market data and information collected  during research helps to prepare the commodity market report. The right market can be selected by answering the following the following questions.

  • Is the product(s) an importer need to conducting his business available domestically?

  • Is there a lucrative and untapped domestic market for an imported product?

  • Does importing a product increase competitiveness as a business?

An importer should only proceed; if he is determined that importing certain goods will definitely make his business profitable.

Once the importer is confirmed about his importing decision, then he should proceed towards the development of the proper import business plan. While making the import plan, importer of India must evaluate the various government policies and guidelines including the rules and regulation as mentioned in the Foreign Trade Policy Procedures, 2004-09.

An importer is always free to import goods in India provided that such goods are imported under the regulations of ITC- HS Classifications of Export Import items. ITC-HS codes are divided into two schedules. All the rules and regulations related to the Indian import is mentioned in the Schedule I of the ITC.

Prohibited goods and items are not at all allowed to import while restricted items are only allowed to import though a special license issued by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India.

State Trading Corporation of India
There are certain goods that can be only imported outside the country through a recognize agency. State Trading Corporation of India is also one of them that import a number of essential commodities to cover the domestic shortfalls and hold the price line. STC serves the national objective by arranging timely imports at most competitive prices. In the process, the Corporation makes best use of its strength in handling bulk imports, vast infrastructure and above all an experience of over four decades in fulfilling the needs of the industry. The STC is responsible for the import of goods such as bullion, vanaspati and edible oils, pulses, hydro-carbons, metals and minerals and fertilizers.

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Date: 31-01-2019
Notification No. 83/ 2018 - Customs
Seeks to amend notification No. 152/2009-Customs dated 31.12.2009 so as to provide deeper tariff concessions in respect of specified goods imported from Korea RP under the India-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) w.e.f. 01.01.2019.

Date: 31-01-2019
Notification No. 84/2018-Customs
Seeks to amend notification No. 53/2011-Customs dated 01st July, 2011 so as to provide deeper tariff concessions in respect of specified goods imported from Malaysia under the India-Malaysia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (IMCECA) w.e.f. 01.01.2019.

Date: 14-01-2019
Policy Circular No . 17/2015--2020
Additional extension of six months in the Export Obligation Period (EOP) (beyond permissible extension period in Para 4.42 of the HBP) to advance authorizations issued upto 30.06.2016 involving import of Raw cashew (SION E S) relaxation of Policy/ Procedure.

Date: 11-01-2019
Notification No.3/2019 - Customs (N.T.)
Exchange Rates Notification No.3/2019-Custom(NT) dated 11.1.2019.

Date: 11-01-2019
Trade Notice No. 42/2015-2020
Mandatory recording of information on DGFT website about transfer of MEIS/SEIS Scrips issued from 14.1.2019 onwards (for EDI ports only)

Date: 10-01-2019
Notification No. 53/2015-20
Amendment in Para 4.14 and 4.16 (ii) of the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20

Date: 10-01-2019
Notification No. 01/2019 - Customs
Seeks to remove pre-import condition and include specified deemed export supplies for exemption from integrated tax and Compensation cess for materials imported against Advance Authorizations and Advance Authorizations for Annual Requirement

Date: 09-01-2019
Policy Circular No.16 /2015--2020
Guidelines to RAs for following Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for EODC monitoring of both Advance as well as EPCG authorizations using software in website http://eodc.online - Reg.

Date: 08-01-2019
Notification No. 50/2015-2020
Import policy for electronics and IT Goods under Schedule – I (Import Policy) of ITC (HS), 2017.

Date: 08-01-2019
Notification No 51/2015-2020
Amendment in Import Policy of Aviation Gasoline under Exim Code 27101219 in the ITC (HS) 2017,Schedule-I(Import Policy) -regd.



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