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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:-