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    While the majority of the goods are freely importable, the Exim Policy (2007) of India prohibits import of certain categories of products as well as conditional import of certain items. In such a situation it becomes important for the importer to have an import license issued by the issuing authorities of the Government of India.

    Import License Issuing Authority
    In India, Import License is issued by the Director General of Foreign Trade. DGFT Delhi office is situated in Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi 110011.

    Validity of Import License

    Import Licenses are valid for 24 months for capital goods and 18 months for raw materials components, consumable and spares, with the license term renewable.

    Sample of Import License

    A typical sample of import license consists of two copies-
    ForeignExchange Control Copy: To be utilised for effecting remittance to foreign seller or for opening letter of credit
    Customs Copy: To be utilised for presenting to Customs authority enabling them to clear the goods. In the absence of custom copy, import will be declared as an unauthorised import, liable for confiscation and or penalty.

    Categories of Import

    All types of imported goods come under the following four categories:

    • Freely importable items: Most capital goods fall into this category. Any product declared as Freely Importable Item does not require import licenses.

    • Licensed Imports: There are number of goods, which can only be importer under an import license. This category includes several broad product groups that are classified as consumer goods; precious and semi-precious stones; products related to safety and security; seeds, plants and animals; some insecticides, pharmaceuticals and chemicals; some electronically items; several items reserved for production by the small-scale sector; and 17 miscellaneous or special-category items.

    • Canalised Items: There are certain canalised  items that can only be importer in India through specified channels or government agencies. These include petroleum products (to be imported only by the Indian Oil Corporation); nitrogenous phosphatic, potassic and complex chemical fertilizers (by the Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation) vitamin- A drugs (by the State Trading Corporation); oils and seeds (by the State Trading Corporation and Hindustan Vegetable Oils); and cereals (by the Food Corporation of India). 

    • Prohibited items: Only four items-tallow fat, animal rennet, wild animals and unprocessed ivory-are completely banned from importation.

    Category of Importer
    On the basis of product to be imported and its target buyer, importers categories are divided into three groups for the purpose of obtaining import licensing:

    1. Actual Users- An actual user applies for and receives a license to import of any item for personal use rather than for business or trade purpose.

    2. Registered exporters; defined as those who have a valid registration certificate issued by an export promotion council, commodity board or other registered authority designated by the Government for purposes of export-promotion.

    3. Others.

    The two types of actual user license are:

    1. General Licenses : This license can be used for the imports of goods from all countries, except those countries from which imports are prohibited;

    2. Specific Licenses: This license can only be used for imports from a specific country.

    Custom Inspection

    Any violation in the import license is usually scanned by the custom officials of the custom department. Customer inspector and other custom officials have authority to inspect and evaluate the goods to be imported. It’s a part of their job to determine whether imports conform to the description in the import License or not. Custom official even have right to charge fines and penalties if any violation in the import license is found to be done by the importer.

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    What is New?

    Date: 09-10-2015
    DGFT Notification No 24/ 2015-2020
    Amendment in Policy condition 1 of Chapter 88 of ITC(HS), 2012 - Schedule-1 (Import Policy).

    Date: 08-10-2015
    RBI/2015-16/201 A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 20
    Risk Management & Inter-Bank Dealings: Booking of Forward Contracts - Liberalisation

    Date: 08-10-2015
    RBI/2015-16/203 A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 21
    Memorandum of Procedure for channeling transactions through Asian Clearing Union (ACU)

    Date: 07-10-2015
    Central Excise Notification No 21/2015 CE (NT)
    Seeks to further amend CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 so as to allow input credit of duty paid on molasses generated from cane crushed in the sugar season 2015-16 i.e. 1st October, 2015 onwards, used for producing ethanol for supply to the public sector oil marketing companies, namely, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. or Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., for the purposes of blending with petrol, in terms of the provisions of S. No. 40A of the Table in notification No.12/2012-Central Excise, dated the 17th March, 2012, by including such supplies of exempted ethanol under rule 6(6) of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004

    Date: 07-10-2015
    DGFT Notification No 23/ 2015-2020
    Export Policy of rice.

    Date: 06-10-2015
    DGFT Notification No 22/ 2015-2020
    Amendment in Notification No. 55(RE-2013)/2009-14 dated 03.12.2013 relating to export of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

    Date: 06-10-2015
    RBI/2015-16/198 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No 19
    Investment by Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) in Government Securities

    Date: 06-10-2015
    Service Tax Circular No.186/03/2014–ST
    Regarding Service tax levy on services provided by a Goods Transport Agency

    Date: 05-10-2015
    Customs Notification No. 49/ 2015
    Seeks to further amend notification No. 12/2012-Customs dated 17.03.2012 so as to increase the basic customs duty on ghee, butter and butter oil from the present rate of 30% to 40% for a period upto and inclusive of the 31st day of March, 2016

    Date: 01-10-2015
    Central Excise INSTRUCTION
    Jurisdiction of the Settlement Commission (Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax) in respect of the cases of Gold Smuggling

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