In a latest move to provide a boost to the export sector the Government has increased the limit of import of duty free samples by exporters from Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 3,00,000. Earlier only the gems and jewellery sector was allowed duty free import of up to Rs. 3,00,000.
Since a majority of exporters are given samples to replicate by their buyers, this step by the Government will help exporters explore more with their end products.
This above information was provided by Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in a public notice which is as under
To be published in The Gazette of India Extraordinary
Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Department of Commerce
Directorate General of Foreign Trade
Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi -110 011
Public Notice No.17/2009-2014 (RE- 2010)
The 6th December, 2010
Subject: Amendment in Paragraph 2.27 of Handbook of Procedures, Vol.I, 2009-2014(RE 2010) regarding import of samples.
In exercise of the powers conferred under Paragraph 2.4 of the Foreign Trade Policy, 2009-14, the following amendment is being made in Para 2.27 of Handbook of Procedures, Vol. I, 2009-2014(RE 2010) in view of Customs Notification No. 16 dated 27.02.2010:
Paragraph Existing Text Amended Text
Second sub-para of Para 2.27 of HBP Vol.I 2009-14 Duty free import of samples upto Rs. 100,000 for all exporters (Rs 3,00,000 for gems and jewellery sector) shall be allowed as per terms and conditions of Customs Notification. Duty free import of samples upto Rs. 3,00,000 for all exporters shall be allowed as per terms and conditions of Customs Notification.
Effect of Public Notice
(I) All the exporters will be able to import duty free samples upto Rs.3,00,000/-. Earlier only gems and jewellery sector was allowed this benefit, for the rest the limit was Rs. 1,00,000/-
(II) This harmonises the HBP with Customs notification of 27.2.2010.
(Anup K. Pujari)
Director General of Foreign Trade
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