All Chief Commissioners of Customs/Central Excise/Customs & Central Excise.
All Commissioners of Customs/Customs (P)/Customs &Central Excise/Central Excise.
All Director Generals of CBEC,
Chief Departmental Representative of Customs Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal.
Sub: Verification Mechanism and monitoring of export obligation under duty exemption / reward Schemes reg.
I am directed to invite your attention to the above-mentioned subject and to say that, several references have been received, requesting the Board to put in place a verification mechanism in respect of the duty credit scrips issued under Chapter 3 schemes of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) and in respect of the Export Promotion Schemes viz. Advance Authorization / Duty Free Import Authorization (DFIA) / Export Promotion Captial Goods (EPCG) schemes.
2. The matter has been examined by the Board in the light of the conditions specified in the notifications regarding monitoring of export obligation in respect of Advance Authorization / DFIA / EPCG schemes. Board has also considered the reports received from the field formations, which indicated discrepancies found having revenue implications during the verification of the duty credit scrips, issued under Chapter 3 schemes of FTP. Accordingly, it has been decided to put in place the following procedures:-
a) In case of EPCG scheme, the Jurisdictional Customs Authorities at the Port of Import shall ensure that the installation certificates are submitted within 6 months of completion of imports as stipulated in the corresponding customs notifications. The correctness of the installation certificates, which are issued by the Chartered Engineers, shall be verified on a random basis through Central Excise divisions. Further, the EPCG notifications stipulate fulfilment of atleast 50% of export obligation within the first block. This shall be verified in detail. In case the same is found satisfactory, the Export Obligation Discharge Certificate issued by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) at the end of 2nd block may be accepted without further verification unless there is a specific intelligence suggesting need for detailed verification.
b) In case of Advance Authorization scheme, the Export Obligation Discharge Certificate should normally be accepted unless there is an intelligence suggesting misuse.
c) The Jurisdictional Commissioner of Customs may cause random verification for some of the authorizations issued under EPCG / DFIA / Advance Authorization schemes registered at their port to check the correctness of the address shown on the Authorization. This is important, as the EPCG notification requires installation of the capital goods and the Advance Authorisation scheme (and DFIA scheme in some cases) contemplates actual usage of the imported goods. Such verification may be carried out during the validity of the Authorisation and preferably through the Central Excise divisions.
d) Action to safegaurd customs revenue should be initiated in case the authorization holder does not submit the Export Obligation Discharge Certificate within the time period stipulated in the relevant Customs notifications.
e) As regards the duty credit scrips issued under Chapter 3 of FTP, the verification of genuineness of scrips in terms of Para 3.11.3 of the HBP v.1 shall be done before allowing registration of such scrips. Further, the Commissioner may cause random verification of the shpping bills based on which the said duty credit scrip has been issued to ascertain the genuiness of such shipping bills. A quarterly report on the outcome of the said verification may be forwarded to the Board, which should include inter alia the details of the discrepancies noticed during the verification and the measures taken to redress such discrepancies. This procedure will be reviewed once online transmission of the duty credti scrips issued under Chapter 3 of FTP is operationalized.
f) Wherever the Export Obligation Discharge Certificates issued by DGFT bear the requirement that the Customs department should carry out verification, then such verification should be done. In all cases EPCG, Advance Authorization, DFIA and Reward Schemes, the Department would retain the right to carry out a complete verification wherever there is specific intelligence available suggesting misuse.
3. The notifications issued under EPCG / Advance Authorization / DFIA schemes provide that the exporter should discharge the export obligation within the specified time period or within such extended period as may be permitted. Further, the notifications issued under EPCG scheme stipulates that in case of non-fulfillment of block-wise export obligation, the importer should pay the proportional duty of unfulfilled portion of export obligation along with specified interest from the date of clearance of the goods and such payment should be made within 3 months from the expiry of said block. Monitoring of export obligation is an integral part of verification mechanism. This would facilitate faster redemption of Bonds / Bank Guarantee executed under the above schemes. In view of above, the Jurisdictional Commissioners of Customs are directed to put suitable systems in place to initiate timely action in all cases of default.
4. The guidelines issued in the past on the subject shall be modified to the above extent.
5. These instructions may be brought to the notice of the trade / exporters by issuing suitable Trade / Public Notices. Suitable Standing orders/instructions may be issued for the guidance of the assessing officers. Difficulties faced, if any, in implementation of the Circular may please be brought to the notice of the Board at an early date.
Receipt of this Circular may kindly be acknowledged.