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Amendment in Paras 2.20, 2.21 and 2.22 of the Handbook of Procedure (2015-20)

Circular No: ES/222/2017-18                                                    November 10, 2017

To: Members of the Council

Sub: Amendment in Paras 2.20, 2.21 and 2.22 of the Handbook of Procedure (2015-20)

Dear Member,

DGFT has issued Public Notice No.38/ 2015-20 dated 09.11.2017 by inserting sub- para (d) in Para 2.20  of the Handbook of Procedure (2015-20) relating to Revalidation of Import / Export Licence Certificate/ Authorisation / Permissions for Non- SCOMET items

Further, amendments have been made in Paras 2.21 relating to Authority to revalidate of authorisation (other than SCOMET items) and Para 2.22 relating to Application for revalidation of the same.

In this regard, please find here- below the changes /additions which are made by DGFT for your information and ready reference.

  1. Insertion of sub Para (d) in Para 2.20: Revalidation of Import /Export Licence Certificate/ Authorisation /Permissions for Non-SCOMET items

d) Revalidation of Authorisation/Duty Credit Scrip shall also be allowed without charging any fee for the period of delay (the period for which authorisation/scrip holder was unable to utilise the same) or six months, whichever is less, due to the following reasons:

(i) If Authorisation/Scrip or any amendment thereof could not be transmitted to Customs Server within fifteen working days from the date of issue/amendment;

(ii) If Authorisation/Scrip rejected by Customs server with error Code;

(iii) If request for issue of waiver of Bond/EODC was not considered within the period specified under Para 9.10 of HBP, 2015-2020 where complete application was submitted within the validity of the Authorisation.

In such cases, revalidation shall be allowed from the date of endorsement for the period of delay or six months, whichever is less.

For example: Authorisation is issued having initial validity of 12 months on 01.04.2017. It was transmitted to Customs server on 01.04.2017 by DGFT server but it is accepted by Customs server on 31.10.2017. So the Authorisation holder loses 7 months (still 5 months validity is left). In such a case, RA shall allow revalidation for a period of 6 months (validity of 5 months is subsumed) from the date of endorsement.

The applicant shall submit request for endorsement of Authorisation/Scrip along with screen shot of DGFT server as well as Customs Server in support of his claim. RA shall verify the same before revalidation is allowed.

However, request must be made to RA concerned within a month from the date of final acceptance of Authorisation/Scrip in the Customs Server.

Notwithstanding anything contained above, these provisions of revalidation shall not apply wherever, the authorisation/scrip holder had clear 6 months period in hand for utilisation.

(II). Revision in Para 2.21 (Authority to Revalidate ) of the Handbook of Procedure (2015-20):

Existing Provision

Revised Provision

Authority to Revalidate

Such revalidation under Paragraph 2.20 above would be permitted under specific orders of Head of Office concerned and such revalidation would be maximum up to the extent of custody period

Such revalidation under Paragraph 2.20 above would be permitted under specific speaking orders of Head of concerned Office and such order of revalidation shall be uploaded on websites of RA/ Zonal Office concerned for easy verification by Customs authorities.

  1. Revision in Para 2.22 (Application for Revalidation ) of the Handbook of Procedure (2015- 20):

Existing Provision

Revised Provision

Application for Revalidation

An application for revalidation of authorization (other than SCOMET Authorization), may be made to RA concerned. RA would consider such application as per FTP. Where DGFT is concerned authority, original application shall be submitted to RA concerned and self-attested copy of same shall be submitted to DGFT.

An application for revalidation of authorization (other than SCOMET Authorization), may be made to RA concerned. RA would consider such application as per FTP/ HBP. Where DGFT (HQ) is concerned authority, original application shall be submitted to RA concerned and self-attested copy of same shall be submitted to DGFT (HQ).

 Members may kindly make a note of the above amendments.

Thanking you,

S. BALARAJU
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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