MoC Instructions for Electronic Payment of Duty for Removal of Goods by SEZ Units

Trade Says Free of Rs. 200 per Transaction is too High

NOC from MoEF Must for Import of Plastic Waste and Scrap by EOU and SEZ

[Ref: EPCES Circular No. 120 dated 21st September 2010]

Sub: (i) Ministry of Commerce & Industry issues instructions for electronic payment of duty for removal of goods by SEZ developers, SEZ units and EOUs in the DTA.

(ii) Ministry of Environment & Forests clarifies regarding the requirement for getting NOC for import of plastic waste & scrap by EOU and SEZ

(i) Ministry of Commerce & Industry issues instructions for electronic payment of duty for removal of goods by SEZ developers, SEZ units and EOUs in the DTA.

In the open house meeting, organized by EPCES in Hyderabad, under the Chairmanship of Shri D.K. Mittal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, on 3/9/10, it was requested that for removal of goods from SEZ to DTA the facility of payment of duty electronically should be introduced for reduction of transaction cost, saving of time of the unit and faster clearances of goods. It was assured that this system would be introduced.

Now, Shri D.K. Mittal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, has issued instructions to all Development Commissioners for  implementation of the same. A copy of the email is enclosed along with. The instruction issued is reproduced as follows:-

“An issue has been mentioned repeatedly by SEZ Units, Developers as well as EoUs that they cannot make payment electronically of customs duty, excise dury or service tax. This matter has been checked up from CBEC and they have informed the following:-

(a) These payments can be made electronically and for that no prior approval is required. However, registration will have to be done on site as follows:-

(i)    For Service Tax and Excise Duty, the website is www.aces.gov.in

(ii)    For Customs duty, the website is www.icegate.gov.in

(b) To make environment in SEZs and EoUs electronic, all SEZ Units and Developers be asked to ensure that they should have registered to the electronic system and are making payment electronically. The deadline for this would be 30th September 2010. Under no circumstances, Units, Developers and EoUs be permitted to make payment through cheques or in cash after this date.

If you have any operational problem, please resolve it locally and if it cannot be resolved, bring to the notice of the Ministry as soon as possible.”

Accordingly all EOUs/SEZ Units and SEZ developers are requested to make use of this facility and get yourself registered before 30-9-2010 as advised above.

(ii)   Ministry of Environment & Forests clarifies regarding the requirement for getting NOC for import of plastic waste & scrap by EOU and SEZ

EOUs and SEZs have been pointing out that for importing plastic waste and scrap, they are required to take No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Ministry of Environment & Forests (MOEF) and this process is taking long time. We had taken up this issue with Department of Commerce as well as MOEF. Shri D.K.  Mittal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, convened a meeting with Mr. Rajiv Gauba, Joint Secretary, MOEF. Now Mr. Rajiv Gauba vide his letter, addressed to Shri D.K. Mittal, has informed as under:-

“This matter has been examined. I would like to inform you that as per Hazardous Waste (Management, Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2008, solid plastic waste can be imported into the country only with the permission of MOEF as it is listed in Schedule III (Part B) of the aforesaid rules. The application for import permission should be accompanied by a valid consent to operate issued by the SPCB and Form 7 & 8”.

Accordingly all units are requested to follow the above prescribed procedure so that their activities are not hampered. Mr. Rajiv Gauba has also assured that they will take care to ensure faster clearance. He has also informed that now they have constituted a committee for clearance of these requests and this committee meets regularly. In case any unit has filed an application with the above prescribed document and still there is a delay, then they should send the details of their case to Mr. Rajiv Gauba, whose details are given as under:-

Mr. Rajiv Gauba, Joint Secretary,

Ministry of Environment & Forests,

Paryavaran Bhawan,

CGO Complex, Lodhi Road,

New Delh - 110 510

Tel: 011-2436063, Fax: 24363577

Email: r.gauba@nic.in