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Date: 24-04-1998
Notification No: Customs Circular No 28/1998
Issuing Authority: Indian Customs  
Type: Circular
File No:
Subject: Setting of Private/ Public bonded warehouses for import and re-export of cut & polished/ coloured gemstones, rough diamonds etc.
Setting of Private/ Public bonded warehouses for import and re-export of cut & polished/ coloured gemstones, rough diamonds etc.

Circular No. 28 dated 24th April 1998

I am directed to refer to the Notification No. 39/1997-2002 dt. 26th February 1998 issued by the DGFT (copy enclosed for ready reference). The scheme under para 8. 13 of the EXIM Policy provides for setting up Private/ Public Bonded warehouses in EPZ/ DTA for import and re-export of cut & polished diamonds, cut & polished coloured gemstones, import and re-export of rough diamonds, uncut & unset precious & semi-precious stones and DTA sales of rough diamonds, uncut & unset precious & semi- precious stones against REP/ GEM REP/ Diamond Imprest Licenses, subject to payment of duty wherever applicable.

2.      To operationalise the above scheme following procedure may be followed:

(i)      The scheme shall be applicable to jurisdiction of Commissioner of Customs, Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi & Chennai. A Private/ Public Warehouse may be set up in DTA/ EPZ subject to observance of Board's existing instruction on setting up such warehouses where in the imported goods would be kept by the warehouse licence holder Physical control over the warehouse in the form of Double Lock System & posting of Cost Recovery Officer is waived.

(ii)     Clearance from the bounded warehouse may be taken by the REP or GEM REP or Diamond Imprest Licence holder as the case may be filing ex-bond Bill of Entry or Bill of Entry for home consumption. It can also be taken by an EOU or EPZ unit on filing ex-bond Bill of Entry. Such Bill of Entry would not be required to be referred to the licensing authority.

(iii)    Although rough diamonds at present are chargeable to nil rate of duty, for the purpose of regulatory control these will be deemed to be dutiable goods and the procedure for bonding or ex-bonding of dutiable goods will be followed in their case also.

(iv)    The clearance from the bonded warehouse shall be taken by EOU/ EPZ under authorisation from the Asstt. Commissioner. The holders of REP or GEM REP or Diamond Imprest Licence can take the goods by following the procedures given under pare 8.24 & 8.25 of Handbook of Procedures. Details in this regard are to be given to the Assistant Commissioner by warehouse licence holder instead of licensing authority.

(v)     The holders of diamond Imprest licence while clearing the dutiable goods from the bonded warehouse shall execute a bond equal to the duty amount leviable on the goods ex-bonded. Such licence holders may be permitted to maintain a running bond account with the Customs House so that he does not have to file separate bond for each Bill of Entry.

(vi)    The warehouse licence holder shall be responsible for the safe keeping of the goods, for making physical delivery thereof to the users, as the case may be, against duty assessed Bills of Entry on which ex-bond clearance has been allowed by the proper officer, and for rendering to Customs a complete account of goods received and kept, them in bond. In their capacity as bonders, they will also maintain the prescribed records, including name, address and other specified details of the users and quantity of the goods released to the user and exported by him.

(vii)    The record regarding execution of bond by Diamond Imprest Licence holders as stated above shall be maintained by the Assistant Commissioner of Customs in the same way as is required to be maintained for exports of excisable goods under bond. However, on submission of proof of exports, the corresponding bond may be re-credited to the exporter's account and may be allowed to be used for the subsequent ex-bond clearances. However, in the event of the exporter failing to produce proof of export on the expiry of the period prescribed in the EXIM Policy, the Assistant Commissioner may proceed to recover the amount of Customs duty leviable on the quantity of goods released to the exporter free of duty.

(viii)   Separate Bond/ Stock Account register in the form, Annexure-I and Stock Card in the form, Annexure-II is to be maintained by the each Licensee. The details are to filled on the date of transaction and the signatures of the Licensee/ authorised representative be appended after every transaction.

3.      The above said procedures may be brought into effect immediately, and the trade informed suitably. Proper steps may be taken for smooth transition from existing scheme to new scheme without dislocating the trade.

4.      Proforma of Stock Account Book to be maintained by the licensee of the private Bonded Warehouse

 

Bond No. & Date

Date of Receipt of goods in Warehouse

B/ E & date

Quantity of Weight

Description of goods

 

Value of the goods

Rate of Duty

 

Amount of duty

 

Bonder's signature

 

Bond Officer signature

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

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(10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISSUES

Date of clearance

 

Description of goods

 

Quantity of Weight

Value of goods

Amount of Duty

 

B/  No. & date

S/ B No. & date

Receiver's name & address

Balance

 

 

Bonder's sign.

 

Bond Officer sign.

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

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ANNEXURE - II

Proforma of Stock Card to be maintained by the licensee for each stock

1. Bonder's Name                                  :

2. Date of Warehousing              :

3. Bond registers & page number            :

4. Description of goods               :

Bond No. & date

Quantity/ number received

Quantity delivered

B/ E or S/ B No. & date

Balance Quantity/ number

Bonder's initial

Bond Officer Initial

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

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