Issue of Late Cut being imposed by the system while applying MEIS on reactivated shipping bills

Circular No. ES/163/2019-20                                                                      14th October, 2019

To: Members of the Council

Sub.: Issue of Late Cut being imposed by the system while applying MEIS on reactivated shipping bills

Dear Member,

O/o DGFT has issued Trade Notice No. 36/2015 –20 dated 9th October, 2019 regarding issue of late cut being imposed by the system while applying MEIS on reactivated shipping bills.

Multiple representations have been received by DGFT from the members of the trade and the EPCs regarding the difficulties being faced by exporters, when a claim is being made by the exporters for S/Bills, which have been re-activated in the E–Com module.

Under the current online MEIS application mechanism, the system is applying late cut based on the second submission date and not counting the date of first online submission of the applied S/Bills [from the relevant first/earlier application]. Many such cases have also been decided in the PRC waiving late cut when exporter applies for the second time on the basis of the re-activated S/Bills.

In order to address this issue of imposition of higher late cut by the system for re-activated S/Bills, DGFT has advised the Members of the Trade / Regional Authorities (RAs) to follow given below steps:

  1. Creation of a new Ecom application number by the applicant firm for the re-activated S/Bills for which MEIS is intended to be claimed. (At the time of generation of the new Ecom number, the online system may show the applicable late cut as on the date of generation of new number such as 100%, 10%, 5% and 2%, as the case may be for each S/Bills).

  1. The applicant should not submit this new/revised application after building the Ecom application and getting the new Ecom number.

  1. The applicant is required to register a request at contact@DGFT (under a newly created dropdown “MEIS for reactivated shipping bills”) to remove late cut for the S/Bills and mention the E com application number.

  1. On receipt of such request, the NIC technical team at DGFT HQs would edit the late cut fields in the application at the back end.

  1. Then convert the application to ‘Manual’ mode and thereafter inform the firm to submit the file to the concerned RA online without making any other change in the application.

  1. The communication from/to the exporter would be through the mechanism of contact@dgft only and no separate instructions would be sent to the applicant firm.

  1. The applicant may then submit the MEIS application online for the relevant Ecom after submission of fees online.

  1. Also submit a manual/paper request to the concerned RA quoting the new File number (corresponding to the submitted Ecom number) along with a list of S/Bills and the corresponding rejection/deficiency letters issued by the RA mentioning the File no(s) in which the relevant S/Bills were disallowed earlier.

  1. RA would then examine and process the application received manually, and imposes appropriate cut percentage in the E-com module’s relevant field for each S/Bill.

  1. This late cut imposed by the RA will be based on the date of submission of each shipping bill(s) in its first submission file (earlier file).

  1. RAs must not allow MEIS benefits under this mechanism for S/Bills, in which MEIS was earlier rejected/ dis-allowed on account of “mis-classification” or where Declaration of Intent” was missing in the S/Bills.

  1. RAs would then issue the scrip online as per the current procedure.

Members may kindly make a note of the above steps.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

S. BALARAJU
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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