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Grant of Deemed Export benefits for supplies to the projects funded by Organizations such as JICA etc. under Para 8.2(d) of the Foreign Trade Policy, 2009-14.

Circular No. ES/ 135/ 2018-19                                                                                   July 24, 2018

To: Members of the Council

Sub: Grant of Deemed Export benefits for supplies to the projects funded by Organizations such as JICA etc. under Para 8.2(d) of the Foreign Trade Policy, 2009-14.

Dear Member,

The Council would like to inform you that O/o Directorate General of Foreign Trade has issued Policy Circular No. 11/2015- 20 dated 23rd July, 2018 regarding grant of Deemed Export benefits for supplies to the projects funded by Organizations such as JICA etc. under Para 8.2(d) of the Foreign Trade Policy, 2009-14.

As you may be ware, the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) vide Public Notice No. 1(FT)IDEAl2010 dated 05th May,  2010 had notified the following six organizations for the purpose of deemed export benefits under Para 8.2(d) of FTP, 2009-14 subject to the condition that the supplies to projects were made under International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedure only.

  1. International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) & International Development Association (IDA),
  2. International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD),
  3. Asian Development Bank (ADB),
  4. Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC),
  5. Yen credit channelized through Japan International Co operational Agency (JICA) [Development component only] and
  6. Swedish international development agency (SlDA)

To give effect to the DEA's Public Notice, DGFT vide Public Notice No.67 dated 25th May, 2010 incorporated the above six agencies in the Appendix 13 of HBP Vol. I appearing in para 8.2(d) of FTP 2009-14 to be eligible for deemed export benefits under Para 8.3 of FTP 2009-14.

However, the deemed export benefits for supplies made to the projects funded by these agencies were discontinued in the new FTP 2015-20 notified on 1st April, 2015 and only three agencies viz. International Bank of Reconstruction and development (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA); and Asian Development Bank (ADB) (as listed in Appendix -7 A) were continued to be eligible agencies for deemed Export Benefits in terms of Para 7.02 (e) of FTP 2015-20.

As per Para 8.3 of FTP 2009-14, deemed export supplies were eligible for any/all of the following benefits in respect of manufacture and supply of goods qualifying as deemed exports subject to terms and conditions as in HBP v1:-

(a) Advance Authorisation / Advance Authorisation for annual requirement / DFIA.

(b) Deemed Export Drawback.

(c) Exemption from Terminal Excise Duty where supplies are made against ICB. In other cases,

     refund of terminal excise duty will be given. Exemption from TED shall also be available for

     supplies made by an Advance Authorisation holder to a manufacturer holding another

     Advance Authorization if such manufacturer, in turn, supplies the product(s) to an ultimate

     exporter.

The supplies to the projects funded by JICA notified vide DGFT's Public Notice No.67 dated 25th May, 2010 were made against ICB and hence were eligible for abinitio exemption from payment of TED under Para 8.3(c) of FTP, 2009- 14.

In this regard, O/o DGFT received several representations from members of Trade  stating that the supplies to projects funded by JICA were not getting exemption from TED from Jurisdictional excise authorities.

The issue was taken up with Department of Revenue. At field level, the exemption from payment of Terminal Excise Duty for supplies to these agencies other than IBRD, IDA and ADB were not available under relevant excise notifications even though the supplies were under ICB. Further, since the projects were under ICB, the Regional Authorities (RAs) were not considering the application for refund of TED in accordance with the provisions of FTP.

Now, the issue of refund/ exemption of TED for supplies to the Projects funded by JICA etc. (other than IBRD, IDA and ADB) under Para 8.2(d) of FTP 2009-14 has been considered in this Directorate in consultation with Department of Revenue and Department of Economic Affairs.

It has been decided by O/o DGFT that in relaxation of the provisions of Para 8.3(c), to allow the refund of Terminal Excise Duty, where exemption from payment of TED under relevant excise notifications was not available, in respect of supplies made to the projects funded by JICA etc. (other than IBRD, IDA and ADB) notified vide DGFT's Public Notice No.67 on 25th May, 2010 for supplies made upto 31st March, 2015.

All the Regional Authorities are advised to dispose the claims of applicants for the supplies made up to 31.03.2015 under Para 8.2(d) of FTP 2009-14 by way of refund of Terminal Excise Duty (TED) for the projects funded by JICA etc. (other than IBRD, IDA and ADB) provided those supplies are otherwise eligible under FTP 2009- 14.

Members may kindly make a note of the above and do the needful.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

S.BALARAJU
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

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