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amend Customs (Import of Goods at Concessional Rate of Duty) Rules, 2017 so as to simplify and automate the procedures

As a trade facilitation measure revised IGCR  Rules  is being notified to make the entire process digital and transparent.

(w.e.f. 01-March-2022, IGCR is going to be Automated through common portal & EDI system)

text of Notification is appended herewith

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF FINANCE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Notification No. 07/2022 – Customs (N. T.) New Delhi, 01st February, 2022

G.S.R………… (E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by section 156 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) (hereinafter referred to as the said Act), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Customs (Import of Goods at Concessional Rate of Duty) Rules, 2017, namely: –

  1. Short title and commencement. – (1) These rules may be called the Customs (Import of Goods at Concessional Rate of Duty) Amendment Rules, 2022.
    (2) They shall come into force on the 1st day of March, 2022.
  2. In the Customs (Import of Goods at Concessional Rate of Duty) Rules, 2017 (hereinafter referred to as the said rules), in rule 3, after clause (aa), the following clauses shall be inserted, namely:—
    “(ab) ‘common portal’ means the common customs electronic portal as referred to in section 154C of the Act;
    (ac) ‘customs automated system’ means the Indian Customs Electronic Data Interchange System;
    (ad) ‘date of import’ means the date of the order made under section 47 of the Act permitting clearance of such goods;”.
  3. In the said rules, for rule 4, the following rule shall be substituted, namely: —
    “4. Importer to give prior information. – (1) The importer shall provide one-time information on the common portal in Form IGCR-1 (Import of Goods at Concessional Rate of Duty) containing the following particulars, namely:—
    (i) the name and address of the importer and his job worker, if any;
    (ii) the goods produced or process undertaken at the manufacturing facility of the importer or his job worker, if any, or both;
    (iii) the nature and description of goods imported used in the manufacture of goods at the premises of the importer or the job worker, if any;
    (iv) particulars of the exemption notification applicable on such import ;
    (v) nature of output service rendered utilising the goods imported; and
    (vi) the intended port(s) of import
    (2) On acceptance of the above information, an Import of Goods at Concessional Rate Identification Number (IIN) shall be generated against such information furnished:
    Provided that such information may be updated on the common portal in case of a change in the details furnished in such Form.
    (3) The importer who intends to avail the benefit of an exemption notification shall submit a continuity bond with such surety or security as deemed appropriate by the Deputy Commissioner of Customs or the Assistant Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be, having jurisdiction over the premises where the goods imported shall be put to use for manufacture of goods or for rendering output service, with an undertaking to pay the amount equal to the difference between the duty leviable on inputs but for the exemption and that already paid, if any, at the time of import, along with interest, at the rate fixed by notification issued under section 28AA of the Act, for the period starting from the date of import of the goods on which the exemption was availed and ending with the date of actual payment of the entire amount of the difference of duty that he is liable to pay. ”.
  4. In the said rules, for rule 5, the following rule shall be substituted, namely: —
    “5. Procedure to be followed.- (1) The importer who intends to avail the benefit of an exemption notification shall mention the IIN as indicated in sub-rule (2) of rule 4 and continuity bond number and details while filing the Bill of Entry.
    (2) Accordingly, the Deputy Commissioner of Customs or the Assistant Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be, at the Custom Station of importation, shall allow the benefit of the exemption notification to the importer.
    (3) Once a Bill of Entry is cleared for home consumption, the bond submitted by the importer gets debited automatically in the customs automated system and the details shall be made available electronically to the Jurisdictional Custom Officer.”.
  5. In the said rules, for rule 6, the following rule shall be substituted, namely: —
    “6. Importer to maintain records. – (1) The importer shall maintain an account in such manner to clearly indicate the quantity-
    (i) and value of goods imported;
    (ii) and date of receipt of the goods imported in the relevant premises;
    (iii) of such goods consumed;
    (iv) of goods sent for job work, nature of job work carried out;
    (v) of goods received after job work;
    (vi) of goods re-exported, if any, under rule 7; and
    (vii) remaining in stock, according to Bills of Entry
    and shall produce the said account as and when required by the Deputy Commissioner of Customs or the Assistant Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be, having jurisdiction over the premises or where the goods imported shall be put to use for manufacture of goods or for rendering output service:
    Provided that in case of non-receipt or short receipt of goods imported in the relevant premises, the importer shall intimate such non-receipt or short receipt immediately on the common portal in the Form IGCR-2 (Import of Goods at Concessional Rate of Duty).
    (2) The importer shall submit a monthly statement on the common portal in the Form IGCR-3 (Import of Goods at Concessional Rate of Duty) appended to these rules by the tenth day of the following month.”.
  6. In the said rules, for rule 6A, the following rules shall be substituted, namely: —
    “6A. Procedure for allowing imported goods for job work. – (1) The importer shall maintain a record of the goods sent for job work during the month and mention the same in the monthly statement specified in sub-rule (2) of rule 6.
    (2) The importer shall send the goods to the premises of the job worker under an invoice or wherever applicable through an e-way bill, as specified in the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (12 of 2017), mentioning the description and quantity of the goods.
    (3) The maximum period for which the goods can be sent to the job worker shall be six months from the date of invoice or an e-way bill as specified in sub-rule (2).
    (4) In case the importer is not able to establish that the goods sent for job work have been used as per the particulars mentioned under rule 4, the Jurisdictional Custom Officer shall take necessary action against the importer under rules 8 and 8A.
    (5) The job worker shall,-
    (i) maintain an account of receipt of goods, manufacturing process undertaken thereon and the waste generated, if any, during such process;
    (ii) produce the account details before the Jurisdictional Custom Officer as and when required by the said officer; and
    (iii) after completion of the job work, send the processed goods to the importer or to another job worker as directed by the importer for carrying out the remaining processes, if any, under the cover of an invoice or an e-way bill.
    6B. Procedure for allowing imported goods for unit transfer. – (1) The importer shall maintain a record of the goods sent for unit transfer during the month and mention the same in the monthly statement specified in sub-rule (2) of rule 6.
    (2) The importer shall send the goods under an invoice or wherever applicable through an e-way bill, as specified in the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (12 of 2017), mentioning the description and quantity of the goods.
    (3) The importer shall in relation to transfer of goods to another unit,-
    (i) maintain an account of receipt of goods, manufacturing process undertaken thereon and the waste generated, if any, during such process;
    (ii) produce the account details before the Jurisdictional Custom Officer as and when required by the said officer; and
    (iii) after completion of the said process, send the processed goods back to the premises of the importer from where the goods were received or to a job worker for carrying out the remaining processes, if any, under the cover of an invoice or an e-way bill.”.
  7. In the said rules, for rule 7, the following rule shall be substituted, namely: —
    “7. Re-export or clearance of unutilised or defective goods. – (1) The importer who has availed the benefit of an exemption notification shall use the goods imported in accordance with the conditions specified in the concerned exemption notification within six months from the date of import and with respect to unutilised or defective goods so imported, the importer has an option to either re-export such goods or clear the same for home consumption within the said period.
    (2) The importer who opts to re-export such goods as specified in sub-rule (1), shall record the details of necessary export documents in the monthly statement:
    Provided that the value of such goods for re-export shall not be less than the value of the said goods at the time of import.
    (3) The importer who opts to clear the unutilised or defective goods for home consumption as specified in sub-rule (1), shall pay the duty along with interest on the common portal and the particulars of such clearance and the payment of duty shall be recorded by the importer in the monthly statement.
    (4) The importer has an option to clear the capital goods imported, after having been used for the specified purpose, on payment of duty equal to the difference between the duty leviable on such goods but for the exemption availed and that already paid, if any, at the time of importation, along with interest, at the rate fixed by the notification issued under section 28AA of the Act, on the depreciated value allowed in straight line method, as specified below, namely: —
    (i) for every quarter in the first year @ 4%;
    (ii) for every quarter in the second year @ 3%;
    (iii) for every quarter in the third year @3%;
    (iv) for every quarter in the fourth and fifth year @ 2.5%;
    (v) and thereafter for every quarter @ 2%.
    Explanation. – (i) For the purpose of computing rate of depreciation for any part of a quarter, a full quarter shall be taken into account.
    (ii) The depreciation shall be allowed from the date when the imported capital goods have come into use for the purpose as specified in the exemption notification upto the date of its clearance.
    (5) The importer shall, in relation to sub-rule (4) record the particulars of such clearance and payment of duty in the monthly statement.”
  8. In rule 8,-
    (a) for sub-rule (1), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely: —
    “ (1) In the event of any failure on the part of the importer to comply with the conditions specified in sub-rule (1) of rule 7 or where the payment referred in sub-rule (3) and (4) of rule 7 is not paid or short paid, the Deputy Commissioner of Customs or the Assistant Commissioner of Customs , as the case may be, having jurisdiction over the premises where the imported goods shall be put to use for manufacture of goods or for rendering output service shall take action by invoking the bond to initiate the recovery proceedings of the amount equal to the difference between the duty leviable on such goods but for the exemption and that already paid, if any, at the time of importation, along with interest, at the rate fixed by the notification issued under section 28AA of the Act, for the period starting from the date of import of the goods on which the exemption was availed and ending with the date of actual payment of the entire amount of the difference of duty that the importer is liable to pay.”;
    (b) in sub-rule (2), for the words “the Jurisdictional Deputy Commissioner of Customs, or, as the case may be, the Assistant Commissioner of Customs”, the words “the Deputy Commissioner of Customs or the Assistant Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be,” shall be substituted.
  9. In the said rules, for the Form, the following Forms shall be substituted, namely:-

नये डिजिटल भुगतान के साधन ई-रुपी के बारे में सब कुछ जानें

(प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने 2 अगस्त को कैशलेस और संपर्क रहित भुगतान के साधन के रूप में डिजिटल भुगतान समाधान ई- रुपी का शुभारंभ किया। प्रधान मंत्री ने कहा कि देश में डिजिटल लेनदेन में प्रत्यक्ष लाभ हस्तांतरण (डीबीटी) को और अधिक प्रभावी बनाने में ई-रुपी वाउचर एक बड़ी भूमिका निभायेगा और डिजिटल शासन व्यवस्था को एक नया आयाम देगा। उन्होंने कहा कि ई-रुपी इस बात का प्रतीक है कि भारत, लोगों के जीवन को तकनीक से जोड़कर कैसे आगे बढ़ रहा है।)

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ई-रुपी क्या है और यह कैसे काम करता है?

ई-रुपी मूल रूप से एक डिजिटल वाउचर है जो एक लाभार्थी को उसके फोन पर एसएमएस या क्यूआर कोड के रूप में मिलता है। यह एक प्रीपेड वाउचर है, जिसे वह किसी भी केंद्र पर, जो इसे स्वीकार करता है, जाकर उसका उपयोग कर सकता है।

उदाहरण के लिए, यदि सरकार अपने कर्मचारी का किसी निर्दिष्ट अस्पताल में विशेष उपचार का खर्च वहन करना चाहती है, तो वह एक भागीदार बैंक के माध्यम से निर्धारित राशि के लिए ई-रुपी का वाउचर जारी कर सकेगी। कर्मचारी को उसके फीचर फोन/स्मार्ट फोन पर एक एसएमएस या एक क्यूआर कोड प्राप्त होगा। वह निर्दिष्ट अस्पताल में जा कर उसकी सेवाओं का लाभ उठायेगा और अपने फोन पर प्राप्त ई-रुपी वाउचर से भुगतान कर सकेगा।

इस प्रकार ई-रुपी एक बार का संपर्क रहित, कैशलेस वाउचर-आधारित भुगतान का तरीका है जो उपयोगकर्ताओं को कार्ड, डिजिटल भुगतान ऐप या इंटरनेट बैंकिंग तक पहुंचे बिना वाउचर भुनाने में मदद करता है।

ई-रुपी को वैसी डिजिटल मुद्रा मानने का भ्रम नहीं होना चाहिए जिसे लाने के लिए भारतीय रिजर्व बैंक विचार कर रहा है। इसकी बजाय ई-रुपी एक व्यक्ति विशिष्ट, यहां तक ​​कि उद्देश्य विशिष्ट डिजिटल वाउचर है।

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ई-रुपी उपभोक्ता के लिए कैसे फायदेमंद है?

ई-रुपी के लिए लाभार्थी के पास बैंक खाता होना आवश्यक नहीं है, जो अन्य डिजिटल भुगतान माध्यमों की तुलना में इसकी एक प्रमुख विशिष्टता है। यह एक आसान, संपर्क रहित भुगतान पाने की दो-चरणीय प्रक्रिया सुनिश्चित करता है जिसमें व्यक्तिगत विवरण साझा करने की भी आवश्यकता नहीं होती है।

एक अन्य लाभ यह भी है कि ई-रुपी बुनियादी फोन पर भी संचालित होता है, इसलिए इसका उपयोग उन लोगों द्वारा भी किया जा सकता है जिनके पास स्मार्ट फोन नहीं है या उन जगहों पर जहां इंटरनेट कनेक्शन कमजोर है।

प्रायोजकों को ई-रुपी से  क्या लाभ हैं?

प्रत्यक्ष-लाभ हस्तांतरण को मजबूत करने तथा इसे और अधिक पारदर्शी बनाने में ई-रुपी एक प्रमुख भूमिका निभा सकेगा ऐसी आशा है। चूंकि, वाउचर को भौतिक रूप से जारी करने की कोई आवश्यकता नहीं है, इससे लागत की भी कुछ बचत होगी।

सेवा प्रदाताओं को क्या लाभ होंगे?

ई-रुपी प्रीपेड वाउचर होने के नाते सेवा प्रदाता को रीयल टाइम भुगतान का भरोसा देगा।

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ई-रुपी किसने विकसित किया है?

भारत में डिजिटल भुगतान पारिस्थितिकी तंत्र की देखरेख करने वाले नेशनल पेमेंट्स कॉरपोरेशन ऑफ इंडिया (एनपीसीआई) ने कैशलेस लेनदेन को बढ़ावा देने के लिए यह वाउचर-आधारित भुगतान प्रणाली ई-रुपी लॉन्च की है।

वित्तीय सेवा विभाग, स्वास्थ्य और परिवार कल्याण मंत्रालय तथा राष्ट्रीय स्वास्थ्य प्राधिकरण के सहयोग से इसे विकसित किया गया है।

कौन से बैंक ई-रुपी जारी करते हैं?

नेशनल पेमेंट्स कॉरपोरेशन ऑफ इंडिया ने ई-रुपी लेनदेन के लिए 11 बैंकों के साथ साझेदारी की है। ये बैंक हैं एक्सिस बैंक, बैंक ऑफ बड़ौदा, केनरा बैंक, एचडीएफसी बैंक, आईसीआईसीआई बैंक, इंडियन बैंक, इंडसइंड बैंक, कोटक महिंद्रा बैंक, पंजाब नेशनल बैंक, भारतीय स्टेट बैंक और यूनियन बैंक ऑफ इंडिया।

इसे लेने वाले ऐप्स हैं भारत पे, भीम बड़ौदा मर्चेंट पे, पाइन लैब्स, पीएनबी मर्चेंट पे और योनो एसबीआई मर्चेंट पे हैं।

जल्द ही ई-रुपी स्वीकार करने वाले और अधिक बैंकों तथा ऐप्स के इसमें शामिल होने की उम्मीद है।

अभी ई-रुपी का उपयोग कहां किया जा सकता है?

शुरुआत में नेशनल पेमेंट्स कॉरपोरेशन ऑफ इंडिया ने 1,600 से अधिक अस्पतालों के साथ करार किया है जहां ई-रुपी को भुनाया अर्थात उससे भुगतान किया जा सकता है।

विशेषज्ञों का कहना है कि आने वाले दिनों में ई-रुपी का उपयोग का आधार व्यापक होने की उम्मीद है। यहां तक ​​कि निजी क्षेत्र भी इसका उपयोग अपने कर्मचारियों को लाभ देने के लिए कर सकेंगे। सूक्ष्म, लघु एवं मध्यम उद्योग भी इसे बिजनेस टू बिजनेस लेनदेन के लिए अपना सकेंगे।

Know all about e-RUPI, the new digital payment instrument

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi  on August 2nd launched digital payment solution e-RUPI, a cashless and contactless instrument for digital payment. Prime Minister said that the eRUPI voucher is going to play a huge role in making Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) more effective in digital transactions in the country and will give a new dimension to digital governance.   He said e-RUPI is a symbol of how India is progressing by connecting people’s lives with technology.)

What is e-RUPI and how it works ?

e-RUPI is basically a digital voucher which a beneficiary gets on his phone in the form of an SMS or QR code.  It is a pre-paid voucher, which he/she can go and redeem it at any centre that accepts its.

For example, if the Government wants to cover a particular treatment of an employee in a specified hospital, it can issue an e-RUPI voucher for the determined amount through a partner bank.  The employee will receive an SMS or a QR Code on his feature phone / smart phone.  He/she can go to the specified hospital, avail of the services and pay through the e-RUPI voucher received on his phone.

Thus e-RUPI is a one time contactless, cashless voucher-based mode of payment that helps users redeem the voucher without a card, digital payments app, or internet banking access.

e-RUPI should not be confused with

Digital Currency which the Reserve Bank of India is contemplating.  Instead e-RUPI is a person specific, even purpose specific digital voucher.

How is e-RUPI advantageous to the Consumer ?

e-RUPI does not require the beneficiary to have a bank account, a major distinguishing feature as compared to other digital payment forms.   It ensures an easy, contactless two-step redemption process that does not require sharing of personal details either.

Another advantage is that  e-RUPI is operable on basic phones also, and hence it can be used by persons who do not own smart-phones or in places that lack internet connection.

What are the benefits of e-RUPI for the sponsors.

e-RUPI is expected to play a major role in strengthening Direct-Benefit Transfer and making it more transparent.  Since, there is no need for physical issuance of vouchers, it will also lead to some cost savings as well.

What benefits accrue to the Service Providers.

Being a prepaid voucher, e-RUPI would assure real time payments to the service provider.

Who has developed the e-RUPI ?

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), which oversees the digital payments ecosystem in India, has launched e-RUPI, a voucher-based payments system to promote cashless transactions.

It has been developed in collaboration with the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and National Health Authority.

Which Banks issue e-RUPI ?

NPCI has partnered with 11 banks for e-RUPI transactions.  They are Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Indian Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India and Union Bank of India.

The acquiring Apps are Bharat Pe, BHIM Baroda Merchant Pay, Pine Labs, PNB Merchant Pay and YoNo SBI Merchant Pay.

More banks and acquiring Apps are expected to join the e-RUPI initiative soon.

Where can e-RUPI be used now ?

To begin with NPCI has tied up with more than 1,600 hospitals where e-RUPI can be redeemed.

Experts say, in the days to come the user base of e-RUPI is expected to widen, with even private sector using it to deliver employee benefits and MSMEs adopting it for Business To Business (B2B) transactions.

Amendment in AEO Programme: Auto-Renewal of AEO-T1 validity for continuous certification

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs has issued Circular No. 18/2021 dated 31.07.2021 regarding Amendment in AEO Programme: Auto-Renewal of AEO-T1 validity for continuous certification based on continuous compliance monitoring

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Circular No. 18/2021 dated 31.07.2021 issued vide file no.DIC/POL/DIR/1/2020-POL-O/o Pr COMMR-DIC-DELH

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Indian Standards are now available Free of Cost

50% Reduction in the Minimum Marking fee for Micro industry and start-ups and women entrepreneurs, old licensees will also get additional 10% rebate

Major incentive for “Start Ups & Women Entrepreneurs”

Entire process of certification, including grant of license, renewal of license, and inclusion is automated through Manak Online Portal of e-BIS

Automatic renewal of licenses, Mobile App based surveillance system

Integration of ICEGATE of Customs with Foreign Manufacturers certification Module of e-BIS for surveillance of imported goods

Mobile App based system of Market Surveillance and audit of Assaying and Hallmarking Centers

Secretary, DoCA and DG, BIS addressed Virtual Press Conference, launched Booklet on BIS Reforms

Posted On: 13 APR 2021 6:03PM by PIB Delhi

Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Smt. Leena Nandan and Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards Shri Pramod Kumar Tiwari virtually addressed a press conference about the New Initiatives of BIS today.

While addressing the media about BIS initiatives, Secretary DoCA, Smt. Nandan said that BIS have achieved many milestones in its journey of development and played important role in the growth of our country. She said that the BIS has taken up many new initiatives and these new initiatives will improve efficiency of our manufacturing sector, standardisation and Quality of products. She said that BIS is working very closely with many ministries in developing and coming out with many new standards. A booklet on BIS reforms was also launched on this occasion.

Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards, Shri P.K.Tiwari, in his address to media said that the services of BIS standards are now available free of cost for everyone. In the area of Standardization, this is planned to be achieved through a   combination of processes engineering, automation and manpower augmentation. Some of the initiatives are like Quarterly meeting of Sectional Committees, Stage-wise timeframe for every Standard under development or revision, Action Research to be an integral part the process, Broad-banding of consultation process through Standardization Cells in Ministries and Industry Associations, Better provisioning of Human Resources to ensure that one Scientific Officer does not deal with more than 30 standards in a year and Initiation of revision of standards parallel to formulation or revision of corresponding ISO/IEC standards for prompt harmonization.

He informed that BIS have nearly 21000 Indian Standards. The objective is to ensure genius standard for every product relevant for the national economy and consumers. He said for the benefit of industry, particularly the MSME sector, Indian Standards are now available free of cost, and can be downloaded from the Standardization Portal of e-BIS.

He further informed that the Scheme of One Nation One Standard has been launched to harmonize the standard formulation work happening in various organizations. Process of consultation is on with SDOs like RDSO, Indian Road Congress, and Directorate of Standardization under Ministry of Defence etc.

As regards Conformity Assessment, he informed that several steps have been taken to ease the compliance burden on the stakeholders like Automation of entire process of certification, including grant of license, renewal of license, and inclusion is automated through Manak Online Portal of e-BIS, Strict timelines for the disposal of applications and real-time basis  monitoring of compliance, Introduction of the system of automatic renewal of licenses, Substantial reduction in the Minimum Marking fee i.e 50% for Micro industry and start-ups and women entrepreneurs and old licence holders will also get additional 10% rebate, More than 80 percent products being brought under Simplified Procedure. This means license for the manufacturing of these products will be granted within a period of one month, System of consultation with applicants introduced at the stage of Scrutiny of Application to avoid delay in processing. He informed that as a result of these initiatives, it has been possible to dispose of more than 90 percent applications within the prescribed timeframe.

Further briefing the media, he said Factory and Market Surveillance are critical to creating Quality Consciousness in the country and following initiatives have been taken to strengthen the surveillance system:

•           Engagement of five NABCB accredited agencies for carrying out Factory Surveillance.

•           Engagement of two outside agencies to carry out Market Surveillance.

•           Development of Mobile App based surveillance system for greater speed and transparency.

•     Integration of ICEGATE of Customs with Foreign Manufacturers Certification Module of e-BIS for surveillance of imported goods.

•           Module for regular feeding of production and consignee details introduced in Manak Online.

Briefing about the LIMS system, he said to make the laboratory operations more efficient, following steps have been taken like Development of LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) to automate the entire process of testing of product samples in BIS and recognized private labs, LIMS ensure tracking of the progress of each and every sample on real-time basis, Integration of LIMS with Manak Online and CRS portals, Automation of Laboratory Recognition Scheme, Integration of the accreditation and recognition processes of NABL and BIS, Renovation of BIS lab infrastructure, Plan of action for expansion and upgradation of testing facilities based on a scientific gap analysis. DG BIS also briefed about the guidelines issued for setting up cluster-based laboratories and satellite laboratories.

Further in his briefing about the initiatives, he said to make Hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts a credible and transparent process, BIS has taken following steps like Online and automatic system of jeweller registration, Automation of the entire process of the assaying and Hallmarking, Mobile App based system of Market Surveillance and audit of Assaying and Hallmarking Centres and Launch of Certificate Course in Hallmarking to ensure the availability of qualified manpower.

In his address, he further informed about the creating quality consciousness in the country, among the consumers, industry, Govt. departments, academic and research institutions, is of primary importance to create demand for standards. He further informed that several steps that have been taken includes Standardization Cells in Ministries and Industry Associations, Focus on increased consultation with Industry in a structured manner, MoUs with premier educational institutions like IITs, IIMs and NLUs, Creation of an Expert Group for integration of standards with the curricula of engineering and professional institutions, Creation of Standards Clubs in High Schools and colleges. Development of Consumer Engagement and Training Portals as part of  eBIS, Development of educational videos under the title BIS TALKS, Direction to Govt. organizations and PSUs to use only Indian Standards and certification by BIS and List of standards shared with Ministries to bring more products under Quality Control Orders (QCOs).

In his concluding remarks DG, BIS said that the BIS is alive to the need of the emerging needs of the national economy and  the interests of the consumers, and has a roadmap in place to address these needs.

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Trade facilitation App is READY for Industry 4.0; Making governance easy, economical & accessible, “DGFT Trade Facilitation App” for Providing instant access to Exporters/Importers any-time any-where;

Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Shri Piyush Goyal launches “DGFT Trade Facilitation App” for Providing instant access to Exporters/Importers any-time any-where;

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Posted On: 12 APR 2021 5:31PM by PIB Delhi

Commerce & Industry Minister Shri Piyush Goyal today launched DGFT ‘Trade Facilitation’ Mobile Appduring the online video conference, for promoting ease of doing business and providing quick access to information to importers/exporters.

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Speaking on the occasion,Shri Piyush Goyal said that very often, the simple trade-related process becomes cumbersome, and when they are available with a touch of a button, like with a mobile app, we will ensure the Ease of doing business and the speedy growth in international trade. “We desire to move towards paperless, automated processing systems, simple procedures for trade players, online data exchange between departments & digital payments & acknowledgements.”, he added

Shri Goyal said that in the post-covid world, tech-enabled governance will play a key role in determining India’s growth and competitiveness. He said that a Single-window approach has enabled tech transformation of service delivery in India. It has liberated last-mile beneficiary from location based constraints, and enhanced ease of doing business.   He said that Progress in technology helps develop the economy and strengthen Indian firms in the competitive global market.

Lauding the initiative of DGFT, Shri Goyal said that the new Trade Facilitation App is a step in the right direction as it provides easy, omni-channel access to various trade related processes and enquiries at the touch of button.He said that truly imbibing Prime Minister’s vision of Minimum Government, Maximum Governance, DGFT is standing up for businesses as a true leader with e-issuance of certificates, QR scan process to validate documents. It will reduce transaction cost and time for imports and exports related processes, and usher in transparency. He said that ‘Trade Facilitation Mobile App’ is a symbol of India’s idea of Aatmanirbharta – Making governance easy, economical & accessible, as it symbolises shift in traditional thinking.

Shri Goyal said that Trade facilitation App is READY for Industry 4.0, as it provides

  • Real-time trade policy updates, notifications,application status alert, tracking help requests

· Explore item-wise Export-Import policy & statistics,Track IEC Portfolio

· AI-based 24*7 assistance for trade queries

· DGFT services made accessible to all

· Your Trade Dashboard accessible anytime &anywhere

The Minister said that ‘Mobile’ India creates an international trade opportunities for MSMEs and Foreign players. It will enable creation of a quality conscious and cost-competitive domestic industry. Further, it will significantly contribute to export target of $1 Trillion by 2025 and GDP target of $5 Trillion. He said that for advanced App development, more inputs & ideas of all stakeholders should be invited for further refinement which will help in expediting our technological transformation.  Shri Goyal also called for engagement with technology and language specialists to develop Governance Apps in various regional languages, which will support the spirit of oneness amongst our citizens.

The new Mobile App of DGFT provides the following features for ease of the exporters and importers –

  • Real-time Trade Policy Updates and Event Notifications
  • Your Trade Dashboard Anytime Anywhere
  • Access all services offered by DGFT in App
  • Explore Item-wise Export-Import Policy and Statistics
  • 24×7 Virtual Assistance for Trade Related Queries
  • Track your IEC Portfolio – IEC, Applications, Authorizations
  • Real-time Alerts on status of applications
  • Raise and track help requests in real-time
  • Share Trade Notices, Public Notices easily

The App will be available on Android and iOS platforms. The App can also be downloaded from theDGFT Website (https://dgft.gov.in). It has been developed by the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),as per the directions of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

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Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020 extended for 6 months till September 2021

The Union Commerce and Industry Ministry today announced extension of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) of Government of India. The present Policy which came into force on 1st April 2015, was for 5 years and was extended thereafter upto 31st March, 2021. In view of the unprecedented situation arising out of the pandemic Novel COVID-19, which is persisting, the Government has decided to continue benefits under various export promotion schemes by extending existing Foreign Trade Policy by another six months i.e. up to 30th September, 2021 which will provide continuity in the policy regime. Similar extension is made in the related procedures, by extending validity of HandBook of Procedures.

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Exemption from payment of IGST and Compensation Cess on the imports made under Advance/EPCG Authorisations and by EOUs etc. has also been extended up to 30.09.2021. Similarly, validity period of the Status Holder Certificates is also extended. This will enable the Status Holders to continue to avail the specified facilities/benefits.

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A notification for extending the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 and a Public Notice for extending the validity of the existing Handbook of Procedures 2015-20 has been issued today.

source: Press Information Bureau, Govt. of India

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Water taxi on 12 routes and ROPAX services on 4 new routes will start soon

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Customs (Verification of Identity and Compliance) Regulations, 2021

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