The Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 has incorporated various export-friendly innovations and simplifications which included simplification and merger of reward schemes, introducing new schemes for the promotion of Merchandise and Services exports, incentivizing e-commerce exports, encouraging procurement of capital goods from indigenous manufacturers under the EPCG schemes, etc.
The various incentives schemes offered by the Policy includes the following:
MEIS introduced by Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 replaced five other schemes viz. (i) Focus Product Scheme, (ii) Focus Market Scheme, (iii) Market Linked Focus Product Scheme, (iv) Agri. Infrastructure Incentive Scheme, and (v) Visesh Krishi Gramin Upaj Yojna, introduced by the earlier foreign trade policy. Under this Scheme, the rewards are given by way of duty credit scrips to exporters of services at the specified rates. Such scrips are valid for a period of 24 months from the date of issue and are freely transferable. The incentive under this Scheme is calculated as a percentage of the realized FOB value exports in free foreign exchange or FOB value of exports as per shipping bills in free foreign exchange.
This Scheme has been introduced by the government to replace MEIS with effect from 1st January 2021. Under this scheme, the central, state, and local duties/taxes will be refunded and the same will be credited in an exporters ledger account with customs. This credit can be used to pay Basic Customs Duty on imported goods.
The import of capital goods for pre-production, production, and post-production at zero customs duty is allowed under this scheme. The objective of was EPCG Scheme is to facilitate the import of capital goods and enhance India’s manufacturing competitiveness by producing quality goods.
DFIA is issued to allow duty-free import of inputs such as fuel, oil, energy sources, etc which are used for the production of the export product. DFIA is exempted from payment of Basic Customs Duty and a minimum of 20% of value addition is required to be achieved.
An Advance Authorization scheme is issued to allow duty-free import of goods that are physically incorporated in export products based on Standard Input Output Norms (SION) or Self Declaration. Herein 15% of value added is at least required to be achieved.
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