CBEC Simplifies Procedure for Precious Metal Imports by Nominated Agencies

Procedure Simplified by CBEC for importing Precious Metals (Gold / Silver / Platinum) by Nominated Agencies under the scheme for ‘Export Against Supply by Nominated Agencies’

The CBEC, vide Circular No. 27/2016-Customs dt 10th June 2016, has simplified the procedure to be followed for duty free import of precious metal (i.e. gold, silver, platinum) by nominated agencies for supply to exporters, on the following lines:

(i) the Nominated Agencies shall execute a bond to the Deputy/Assistant Commissioner of Customs binding themselves to, –

(a) maintain accounts for the gold/silver/platinum imported; and

(b) to discharge the duty in the event of the exporter not fulfilling his export obligation within the period prescribed under the foreign trade policy;

(ii) For the purpose of para (i) above, the Nominated Agencies may execute a bond for an amount equivalent to the duty involved on the import of a particular consignment, or, a general bond for an amount equivalent to the duty involved on quantity of precious metal likely to be imported over a specified period as declared by the importer;

(iii) The Nominated Agency shall, along with the bond, furnish a bank guarantee equal to 25% of the estimated amount of duty involved.

(iv) However, the designated banks nominated by RBI as well as public sector undertakings shall be exempt from the condition of furnishing bank guarantee, provided they fulfill the following conditions:

(a) they have not defaulted in following the procedure and conditions specified by DGFT;

(b) they have not defaulted in payment of duty within the specified period in cases where there was a default in export of jewellery by an exporter to whom the gold/silver/platinum had been supplied;

(c) they have not been involved in any violations involving fraud or collusion or willful misstatement or suppression of facts under relevant provisions of the Customs Act,1962, the Central Excise Act, 1944, the Finance Act, 1994, the Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act, 1992, the Foreign Exchange Management Act,1999 and the rules made thereunder during the last three years;

(v) the exporters intending to receive precious metal from the Nominated Agencies will register themselves with their jurisdictional Asst. Commissioners who will issue them a one-time certificate specifying therein the details of their units. This certificate has to be produced to the Nominated Agencies while taking gold. The exporter shall submit to the Asst. Commissioner an undertaking to the effect that he shall export the jewellery made from the gold/silver/platinum received from the nominated agency within the period stipulated in the Foreign Trade Policy.

(vi) EOUs may submit a self-declaration to the Nominated Agencies stating therein the details of their unit; As per para 6.01 (h) of FTP 2015-20, EOUs shall have to provide proof of export within a period of 90 days from the date on which they are issued the gold imported by nominated agencies.

(vii) As far as exporters operating under replenishment scheme are concerned, they may be permitted to receive precious metal from the Nominated Agencies on submission of EP copy of the shipping bill. Nominated agencies shall also monitor the export proceeds realization of such shipments against which they have replenished precious metal, on the basis of Bank certificate of realization to be submitted by exporters to the nominated agencies, as a proof of having exported the jewellery.

(viii) the Nominated Agencies would supply the gold / silver / platinum for export production and would submit an exporter-wise consolidated monthly account in format enclosed by the 10th of the succeeding month to the Customs station of import;

(ix) the exporter shall furnish the EP copy of the shipping bill and Bank Realization Certificate to the nominated agencies as a proof of having exported the jewellery made from the duty free goods released to them within the period prescribed in the Foreign Trade Policy;

(x) wherever such proof of export is not produced within the period prescribed in the Foreign Trade Policy, the Nominated Agencies shall deposit the amount of duty calculated at the effective rate leviable on the quantity of precious metal not exported, within 7 days of expiry of the period within which the jewellery manufactured out of the said precious metal was supposed to be exported.

CBEC Circular No. 27/2016-Customs dt 10th June 2016

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