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Introduction

Before making a confirmed order, it is important for the importer to ask for a sample of the original manufactured product that can be shown or demonstrated for Customer appreciation and familiarisation. Import of samples help the importer to deciding the total quantity of product need to be imported as well as also allows importer to make any necessary changes in the final product.

Import samples
The import samples are basically specimens of the product, which is finally given to the importer. It may include consumer goods, consumer durables, prototypes of engineering goods or even high value equipment, machineries (including agricultural machinery) and their accessories. Import of samples can be done by the trade, industry, individuals, Companies, Associations, Research Institutes or Laboratories. These can also be brought by the Representatives of foreign Manufacturer as a part of their personal Baggage or through port or in Courier. They can also be sent by Manufacturers/Traders abroad to above parties in India.

Geneva Convention, 1952
Import of samples of goods is exempt from import duties under Geneva Convention of 7th November, 1952. India is also a signatory to a 1952 convention to facilitate the Importation of Commercial samples and Advertising materials. The notifications issued in this regard enable duty free import of genuine Commercial samples into the country for smooth flow of trade.

Restriction on Import of Samples
However, goods which are prohibited under Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992 are not allowed to be imported as samples e.g. wild animals, wild birds and parts of wild animals and birds, ivory, arms & ammunitions, and Narcotic drugs.

Value limit
The bonafide trade samples can be imported by trade and industry provided the said goods have been supplied free of charge. For duty free clearance the value of individual sample should not exceed Rs.5000/- and aggregate value should not exceed Rs.60, 000/- per year or 15 units of samples in a year. This strategy avoids the risk of not paying Customs Duty through repeated imports of samples in smaller lots.

Machinery import
Import of machinery products, which are prototypes of engineering goods can also be imported duty free if the value does not exceed Rs.10000/-. In case the value of machinery exceeds more than Rs.10000/- then such goods are always chargeable to duty.

Privacy of Import Samples
In case of high valued machinery the importer can import a sample under privacy. On the request of importer, the Customs authority may also seal the machinery during its journey from the port of importation to the place of demonstration and it is unsealed only at the place of operation or place of demonstration.

Failure to re-export
In case of any damage to the previously send import sample of product, the same sample can be send again within the time period of 9 months. However, the Assistant Commissioner of Customs, may under special circumstances extend the period of 9 months for a further reasonable period.

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What is New?

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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