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Export Promotion schemes abuse - Penalty imposed in 1374 cases

Published: Jul 10, 2019

By TIOLCORPLAWS News Service

NEW DELHI, JULY 10, 2019: THE Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Mr Piyush Goyal, today in Parliament mentioned that the Foreign Trade Policy of the Government contains certain export promotion schemes which are primarily aimed at (i) providing customs duty exemption on import of capital goods for promotion of exports, (ii) providing customs duty exemption on raw materials, components and consumables for manufacturing goods for exports and (iii) providing compensation for neutralizing the disadvantages suffered on the goods and services exported.

All these schemes have inbuilt obligations/terms and conditions which are required to be complied by the persons availing such schemes. The Government regularly  monitors such obligations. In case of non-compliance, action is taken against the defaulters. Such actions may include suspension, cancellation of the authorization, black listing the defaulter from availing any export promotion scheme, imposition of fiscal penalty, cancellation/suspension of Importer and Exporter Code number and initiating criminal proceedings. Such penal provisions are contained in the Foreign Trade Policy/ Hand Book of Procedures, Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992 and Foreign Trade (Regulation) Rules 1993.

During the last three years from April 01, 2016 to March 31, 2019, 1865 persons have been put under “Denied Entity List” denying further benefits under the export promotion schemes and penalties have been imposed in 1374 cases. In addition to the above, action on defaulters is also taken by the Department of Revenue. During the last three years, Department of Revenue has identified and imposed penalties in over 400 cases.

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