FTP Notifications

Radial Tyres Shifted to Restricted from Free List

·    Motor Cars, Buses and Lorries, Motor Cycles even Bicycles Tyres Covered

·    DGFT Negative List Licence required

·    No More 5 percent FTA Free Import from ASEAN

·    BIS Standard Must also be Met by Import

·    Retreaded Tyres Import is Free subject to MIP


Export of Human Embryos/ Gametes/ Gonad Tissues Free subjected to NOC from ICMR


DGFT Notifies Updated SCOMET Items


Fake Email IDs for GST Refund and Issue of IEC


DGFT Restricts 12 More Diagnostic and Lab Reagents Exports Related to Covid-19


Import of Two Lakh MT Pigeon Peas and Other Pulses from Mozambique under MOU Allowed in 2020-21


Hand Sanitizers in Containers with Dispenser Pumps Exports Prohibited

·    Hand Sanitizers in any Form or Packaging Freely Exportable


DGFT Withdraws Restriction on Paracetamol Exports – Now Freely Exportable


No Digital CoO Now for Thai and Vietnam Exports, Manual Certs Must


Non-Surgical Masks Exports Opened


Interest Equalisation Scheme for Pre and Post-shipment Rupee Export Credit Extended for One More Year to 31 Mar 2021


Silver Powder and Semi Manufacturing Import Allowed for Export under Advance Authorisation or Supply by Foreign Buyer Route


Urad Additional Import Quota of 2.5 lakh MT Extended to 31 May 2020


Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers Export Prohibited


DGFT Instructs Customs Authority to Accept Scanned Copies of the PSIC of Metal Scrap and Waste Imports for Customs Clearance


DGFT Clarifies Definition of Paper Stock Lot


Free Sale and Commerce Certificate for Drugs and Cosmetics and other Goods under Restriction to be issued on Email by Regional Officers of DGFT


Paracetamol Formulations Export Shifted to Free List, Paracetamol as such Remains Restricted

DGFT Notification No. 03 dated 17th April 2020

Urad Additional Import Quota of 2.5 lakh MT Extended by 15 Days to 15 May 2020

DGFT Trade Notice No. 04 dated 16th April 2020

DGFT Clarifies that MEIS will be Available for Another Nine Months, i.e., 31 Dec 2020

·    RoDTEP to Replace MEIS with Simultaneous Removal from MEIS

·    RoDTEP Scheme to be Notified Separately in Consultation with DoR


RPO Import Tightened, Pre Purchase Agreement Required

·   Licence Validity Cut to Six Months from 18 Months

·   No More New Licenses if Old Licence Expire

·   Strict Control on Diversion of Malaysia Oil through Nepal or Bangladesh


DGFT Lifts Ban on Export of 24 API and Formulations thereof

·   Paracetamol and its Formulations Continue under Restricted List


Certificate of Origin for Exports to ASEAN, Nepal, SAPTA and SAFTA, Sri Lanka, Japan and China (APTA) only through DGFT Website from 7 April 2020 Today

·      Only Electronic Issue Now, Hard Copy after Lifting of COVID-19 Lockdown

·      Digital Signature must for Electronic Verification


Export of Hydroxychloroquine and Formulations made from Hydroxychloroquine (Medicine for Corona Virus Affected) from SEZ/EOUs also Prohibited

·    No Protection for SEZ, Advance Authorisation Exports

·    MEA Recco to Open Exports on 25 March Overruled


Export of Diagnostic or Lab Reagents Restricted, Transitional Arrangement to Protect Past Contracts not to Apply


Digitally Signed Copies of Certificate of Origin for Export Allowed

·    India Ready to Reciprocate for Imports as Well


Registered Exporters (REX) under EU GSP

DGFT Instructs Local Users would Accept Scanned Copies of the Pre-registration Application for REG issue by 17 Local Admins Due to COVID-19 Pandemic


Steel Import Monitoring System (SIMS) – Automatic Registration Number Generated Till 31 March 2020 for 60 More Days Extended


Foreign Trade Policy Amendments


RCMC Expired before 31 March 2020 will be Honoured till 30 Sept 2020


Allocate Red Sanders Export Quota by Dec 2020 end


Animal By-Products – No Production Process Certificate Required

·    Health Certificate by Export Inspection Council only


India will Issue Late Certificate of Origin for FTA Exports, Retrospective Effect Due Covid 19 Lockdown

·   Foreign Government will Issue Corresponding Notice on Reciprocal Basis to Continue FTA Concessions on its Exports to India


Hydroxychloroquine and Formulations made from Hydroxychloroquine Export Shifted to Prohibited from Free List

·    SEZ, Advance Authorisation Protected

·    Transitional Arrangements under Para 1.05 for LC cases also Protected

·    MEA Recco to Open Export Accepted


Ventilators, Sanitizers, Oxygen Therapy  and Apparatus also Shifted to Prohibited from Free List

·         No Protection of Prior Commitments under Para 1.05 of FTP


Last Date for Online Applications for 4 Lakh MT Urad Quota Extended to 15 April 2020


Export of Surgical Masks Prohibited again in less than One month

·      Ventilators join the list along with Raw Materials for Masks and Coveralls

·      Transitional Arrangements under para 1.05 protecting past contract and goods in transit not applicable

·      Ex-out Code used by DGFT for the first time listing items partially covered by HS Codes


Urad Quota of 4 Lakh Tonnes for May-March 2020-21 Released

·      Only Millers and Refiners Eligible


Online Applications to be Received in 14 Days Window


Light Naphtha, Heavy Naphtha, Full Range Naphtha and Flying Clubs Import Shifted to Free from STE List

·   Zinc Dross Import Shifted to Free subject to AU condition from Restricted List


Steps Taken by Dept of Financial Services to Disruption on Account of Corona Virus


Additional Quota of 2.5 lakh tonnes of Urad Import released on 19 Dec 2019 to be Completed by 30 April 2020


26 Drug Formulations Export Shifted from Free to Restricted List


DGFT Withdraws both Bangalore Rose and Krishnapuram Varieties Onion Export Ban w.e.f. from 15 March 2020

·    MEP of US$850 fob per MT also Goes


Online Issue of CoO under Indo-Korea CEPA for Export to Korea from India w.e.f. 6 March 2020


DGFT Clarifies Exportability of Medical Equipments War on Coronavirus – Eight More items Inserted in Free List


Physical Copies of TMA Application may be Submitted to Overcome Software Response Error; One Time Relaxation Allowed


MIP on Cashew Kernels not Apply to EOUs and SEZs


REX Exporters under EU-GSP Allowed Self Certification by Authorised Agencies Listed in Appendix 2C not Required

·   Fortnightly Statement in Format on Statement of Origin Must

·   DGFT Threatens Amendments of REX Number  if Statement not submitted or verification requested by EU not responded to within time limit

·  FAQ list of 20 Q&A Released


DGFT Lifts Ban on Export of Surgical/Disposable Masks and All Gloves

·   Ban Remains on N95 Masks, NBR Gloves, Surgical Clothing


Krishnapuram Onions 10,000 MT Quota Opened for Export for Shipment Till 31 March, 2020


Import of Stock Lot Coated Paper in Heading 4810 Prohibited


TMA Assistance for Agro Products – Deficient Application Allowed to be Corrected by 20 Feb 2020


Export of Personal Protection Equipments including Clothing and Masks Prohibited


DGFT Notifies Additional 2% Ad Hoc MEIS to Mobiles for Three Months (1 Jan to 31 Mar 2020)

·   Old Rate of 4% Restored in 2% + 2%


DGFT Wants Breakup of “Others” in HS Codes for Classification Reform


DGFT Calls for Suggestion on Including Entries under ‘Others’ Category in HS


Rice (Basmati and Non-Basmati) Exports to EU

·    Certificate of Inspection from EIC/EIA Requires to EU Member States such as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

·    Certificate of Inspection from EIC/EIA Mandatory to Other European Countries from 1st July, 2020


Desiccated Coconut below Rs 150 per kg Prohibited. Free Policy for Others Continues


RBD Palm Oil and Palmolein Import Shifted from Free to Restricted List


Import Policy Changes in ITC (HS) Schedule-I to Align with Finance (No.2) Act, 2019 Implemented w.e.f. 1 Jan 2020


Additional Quota of 2.5 Lakh tonnes for Urad Import Released

·    Corrigendum to Trade Notice 44/2019-2020 dated 26.12.2019 – The word "millers/ traders" is rectified as "millers/ refiners"


Additional Quota of 2.5 Lakh tonnes for Urad Import Released

·   Corrigendum to Trade Notice 42/2019-2020 dated 19.12.2019 – HS Code Corrected to 0713 31 10 from 0713 31 90


Additional Quota of 2.5 Lakh tonnes for Urad Import Released

·   Online Applications will be received between 20.12.2019 to 31.12.2019

·   Successful Applicants will have to Ensure that the Import Consignments of Urad Reaches the Indian Ports on or before 31.03.2020


Commerce Ministry Invites Online Applications from Millers and Refiners for Urad Import Quota Allocation


Minister Imposes Complete Ban on Peas Import

·   MIP of Rs. 200 per kg Slapped with Port Restriction to Only Kolkata

·   Trade says Landed Price will be in Range of Pistachios after 50% Duty

·   Goods in Transit Backed by LC will be protected through Transition Provision of Para 1.05 of FTP, Others cannot cleared even by Fine and Penalty


Commerce Takes Over Gold Import Policy from RBI whose Monopoly Over Currency is Diluted


DGFT Tightens Gifts Import Policy


Issue of CoO for India­ Nepal FTAs under SAFTA and SAPTA to start from 18 Dec 2019


Import Policy Changes in ITC(HS) Schedule I to Align with Finance (No. 2) Act, 2019 – Effect of the Changes will be Notified Later

·   Implementation Date of Finance Act Fifth Schedule Amendments not yet Notified by the Dept of Revenue


Toy Imports will be Cleared by Customs but Market Sales not Allowed till Successful Test at NABL Lab


DGFT Asks Customs to Speedily Clear Imported Onions


DGFT Weeds Out 31,246 Incorrect Import Export Code and Multiple IEC with Same PAN

·    IEC Holders in Black List Asked to Make Written Submissions to Correct Mistakes

·    15 Dec 2019 Last Date for Correction


Implementation Date of SIMS Registration Extended by Three Weeks to 21.11.2019


Import Policy Amended in ITC (HS) Schedule I to Align with the Finance (No.2) Act, 2019

·    Implementation date of Finance Act Amendments to the Schedule not yet Notified, File under Process in Dept of Revenue


Nine Categories of Drones Listed for Type Approval from DoT and DGFT Licence under DGCA Policy


Last Date for Toor Dal Quota Import Extended to 15 Nov’ 2019

·    No Extension of Deadline for Urad and Moong Quota Import beyond 31 Oct 2019


Certificate of Inspection from EIC/EIA Requires for Rice (Basmati and Non-Basmati) Exports to EU


Deemed Exports – Drawback of Duty Paid on Inputs also Allowed on All Industry Rate


Bangalore Rose Onions Export upto 9000 MT Allowed till 30 Nov 2019

·   Export only through Chennai Port

·   Horticulture Commissioner Karnataka Certificate Required

·   Certificate Must Registered with Addl DGFT Bangalore


PET Flakes made from Used PET Bottles Import Prohibited


DGFT Threatens Mis-declaration cases under FTDR Law on Wrongful HS Classification Code under "Others" in Both Import and Export Customs Documents


Customs Duty Foregone on Export Obligation in NCLT Cases to be Included in Dues of Official Duties – Policy Para 2.15A Inserted


Only Indian National Flag Code Specification Ship Allowed for Import


RCF Designated as STE for Urea Import

·    Free Import of Urea allowed for Non-agriculture/Industrial User/NPK Manufacturing

·    AU Condition Removed


DGFT Clarification on Regularisation of Higher Late Cut on Shipping Bills Reactivated in Ecom Module – First Shipping Bill Date in Online Ignored by the System for MEIS


DGFT Rejects Requests for Last Date Extension for Toor Dal Quota Import

·   Allocation of Toor Dal – Imports must Completed by 31 Oct 2019


Export of E-Cigarette Devices and their Parts Banned


Onion Exports Prohibited “Till Further Orders”

·   Ban has only Salutary effect since Export Variety is Very Different Compared to Domestic Variety

·   No Order on Goods in Transit and LC backed Pending Contracts


E-Cigarettes Import Prohibited


Preferential Certificates of Origin now on DGFT Digital Platform

·   Electronic Paperless, Contactless Platform for the CoO Application Process

·   IEC Embedded Digital Signature Required

·   Auto-populated from the DGFT IEC database

·   Platform is now live for registration

·   Department is in dialog with the FTA/PTA partner countries for accepting the new format of CoO issued

·   Issue of CoO for India­ Chile PTA to start from 25th September 2019


MMTC and NAFED Get 2 lakh MT Each Maize Import Quota at 15% Duty


MEP on Onions Back to $850 per MT as Domestic Prices Rise, LC is must now


Allocation for Toor, Moong, Urad and Peas - Imports to be Completed by 31 Oct 2019


DGFT Reorganises Regional Offices


Chlorotrifluoroethene (CTFE) Import Shifted to Free from Restricted


Steel in Chapters 72 & 73 subjected to Compulsory Registration under SIMS (Steel Import Monitoring System)

DGFT has issued a notification dated 05.09.2019 to notify some 284 items covering Basic steel (Chapter 72), Steel products (Chapter 73) and Chapter 86 – Railway rolling stock in order to control imports.


DGFT Invites Applications for PSIA Recognition from All Including those whose Validity is upto June 2020  - Last Date 30 Sept 2019


Gold Replenishment for Exports to Follow Customs Notification 57/2000– Gold and Silver Jewellery and Articles Export against Supply by Nominated Agencies

·   References to Establish Excise and GST Dropped


Agarbatti and other Odoriferous Preparations Import Shifted to Restricted from Free List – Negative List Licence Required for Import


Registration of Vehicles Imported by Manufactures or through Authorised Agencies to Comply with Standard Operating Procedure Issued under Central Motor Vehicles Rules 2018


Polymethyl Methacrylate Import Shifted to Prohibited from Free List with effect from 1 Sept 2019


Exporters can Now File TMA (Transport and Marketing Assistance) Applications Online @DGFT Website


Procedure for Supplementary Claims for MEIS Allowed in Retrospective Effect Cases


Allocate Red Sanders Export Quota by Dec End, DGFT Requests


Mistake in Urad and Moong Code in Trade Notice for Quota Allocation Corrected


Council for Trade Development and Promotion (CTDP) Merged with Board of Trade (BOT)

·    Liaison with States as Major Objective but No Reps of States in New BOT!


Sri Sudipta Bhattacharya Appointed as Statistics Officer


DGFT Tightens Procedure for Recovery of Penalty on FTDR Violation Cases

ECA Circular No. 26/2015-20 dated 12 July 2019

Maize Import Quota for 4 lakh MT Released


Toor Import Quota Applications Invited, Last Date 15 July

Small Quantity for each importer as quota to be divided pro rata among applicants, many allottees may find import non viable due to low quantity.


Additional Quota of 2 lakh Tonnes for Toor Import Released


DGFT Invites Suggestions on Foreign Trade Policy Review


No More Multiple Deficiency Letters, Orders DGFT, All Deficiencies should be Pointed Out in One Go


New Minister Removes Restriction on Seeds of Peas, Only Plant Quarantine Order to be Followed


No Review of Pulses Quota Allocation, Deficient Applications are not Eligible


One Lakh MT of Maize (Feed Grade) under TRQ Distributed Amongst MMTC and NAFED Equally


Cashew Kernel Broken or Whole Import Prohibited if CIF Value is below Rs. 680 per kg (Broken) and Rs. 720 per kg (Kernel Whole)

·    MIP of Cashew Kernel (Broken/Whole) Enhanced


River Sand and Stone Aggregates Exports Quota to Maldives under Bilateral Trade Agreement through CAPEXIL Notified

DGFT Notification No 07/2015-2020 dated 7 June 2019

Draft ITC(HS) Based Export Policy 2019 Released

DGFT Draft Circular dated 24.05.2019

Biofuels Import Condition for Non-Fuel Purpose Lifted, Authorisation from DGFT Still Required


DGFT Discontinues Submission of Physical Copy of RCMCs from 1 July 2019

·    Services RCMC not Required if Goods RCMC Available


Imports and Exports from Democratic People’s Rep Korea – HS Codes for UNSC Resolutions 2270 and 2321 Notified

·    HS Codes for Sectoral Bans on Exports to DPRK Listed


DGFT Issues Trade Notice for Rupee Payment from Sanction Countries in OFAC

·    e-BRC has been generated in INR and payment

·    MEIS Online E- Com module

·    OFAC Shipments

·    Shipments to OFAC countries

·    No physical/paper copy of the MEIS scrips will be issued for EDI ports

·    Shipping bills with Let Export date on or after 16.05.2019, usual late cut would be applied by the system and RAs shall not change it


DGFT Receives 57028 for 724 HS Codes Shipping Bills with HS Codes from Customs for MEIS Claims to Cover Cases of Missing HS Codes


Last Date for Maize (Feed Grade) under TRQ Extended till 31 May 2019


DGFT Discontinues Submission of Physical Copy of RCMCs from 1 July 2019


Bill of Lading Date is Recognised as Shipment Date for Peas Import in Transition Period

·    Registration of Contracts Date to be Revised Accordingly


Self-Ratification Scheme for Advance Authorization for Authorized Economic Operators (AEOs)

·    DGFT Requests AEOs who use Duty Exemption Scheme to take Advantage of this Facility to Reduce Transaction Costs and Time


Second Hand Electronics Goods under CRO Will Require Import Licence from DGFT

·    Covers 49 Items including Mobiles and Laptops


Seven Essential Food Items Including Rice and Potatoes Freely Allowed for Exports to Maldives for 2019-20

·    Quota Restrictions to Apply


More Than 6000 Applications for Pulses Import Licence Received- Results to be Announced on 10 June 2019


Online Module Upgraded for Indian Entities who can File and Track Complaints against Foreign Entities

·   Online Application Form

·   Upload documents

·   Jurisdictional Regional Authority

·   Jurisdictional Indian Mission

·   Unique Reference Number (URN) starting with ‘Q’ will be generated

·   A link ‘View Status’

·   Concerned Regional Authority

·   Indian Mission

·   Economic Diplomacy Division


SCOMET Appendix 3 to Schedule 2 Amended


SCOMET Controls on Exports to Government Liberalised Partially, Post Export Authorisation Allowed


Import of 175K MT Pigeon Peas (Chana) and other Pulses from Mozambique under MoU Allowed in 2019-20


Ban on Milk and Milk Products Import from China Extended Until the Capacity of Laboratories at Ports of Entry Suitably Upgraded for Testing Melamine


DGFT Invites Online Applications from Millers and Refiners for Pulses Import Quota Allocation

·    Tur/Arhar, Urad, Moong and Matar Covered


Only Address Proof and Cancelled Cheque Required for IEC

·    Five percent Applications subject to Checking by Regional DGFT

·    15 Days’ Time to Rectify Deficiencies


DGFT Discontinues Issue of Physical Copy of MEIS/SEIS Scrips from 10 April 2019


One Lakh MT of Maize (Feed Grade) under TRQ Allowed at 15% Duty for Actual Users


Import Quota for Pulses from 1 April 2019 Released

·         Moong (Split and Non Split) 1.5 lakh MT

·         Peas (Split and Non Split) 1.5 lakh MT, New Restriction Imposed

·         Urad (Split and Non Split) 1.5 lakh MT

·         Pigeon Peas (Tur/Arhar) 2 lakh MT

·         Consumer Price to Rise, Applicants Quantity for 10 times Quota Available, Allocation only to Processors

Trade Notice No. 52/2018-19 dated 1 April 2019

Online Filing Based Approval of MEIS Applications of SEZ Shipping Bills

51-Trade Notice/2018-19 dated 29.03.2019

DGFT Notifies New Provision for RoSCTL

Notification No. 59/2015-2019 dated 29.03.2019

DGFT Notifies New Chapter 7A for Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) for Specified Agriculture Productions

Notification 58/2015-2020 dated 29.03.2019

On-line Applications Compulsory for Export of Restricted Non-SCOMET Items from 19 March 2019


AA/EPCG/EOU Schemes IGST Exemptions Extended upto 31 March 2020


On-line Applications Compulsory for Restricted Items Import from 18 March 2019

·         Only One Port of Registration for Licence Allowed for Import of Restricted Items

·         Revised Application Format ANF-2M Notified

·         Mandatory Requirements Listed


Gold Dore Import upto One tonne Allowed to Obtain BIS Licence


Red Sanders Wood Obtained from Private Land Allowed against Licence in Raw Form

·   Value Added Products Export List Expanded to Allow from Stocks Derived from Private Land

DGFT Notification No. 56/2015-2020 dated 18 February 2018

Trade Disputes Complaints to be Filed Online from 11 Feb 2019


E-com Module for Applying for MEIS for Courier or Postal Shipments

ANF 3D Application Format Revised


Interest Equalisation Scheme

·      Merchant Exporters to Get Interest Equalisation of Three Percent

·      MSMEs Continue to Get 5% Subvention

·     Manufacturing Exporters Get 3% Subvention


Bio-Diesel Exports from Imported Feedstock Allowed to SEZ and EOU Units

·    Public Notice No.29 dated 28.08.2018 Restriction not Applicable


Applicants Advised to Fill-up Case Summary Column 15 in ANF-2D in Policy Relaxation Committee Cases


NoC from Narcotics Commissioner not Required before Import of Nicotinic Acid & Nocitinamide

DGFT Notification No. 55 dated 15th January 2019

207 Technical Textiles Items Notified

DGFT Notification No. 54 dated 15th January 2019

IGST and Compensation Cess Exemption Allowed in DFIA Cases under AA – DGFT Notification

·    AAL and Deemed Exports Covered

·    Alternatively Utilization in Factory with CA Certificate Must

·    IGST and CC to be Paid if Goods Sold in Market

·    Facility Expires on 31 March 2019

DGFT Notification No. 53/2015-20 dated 10 January 2019

Transfer of MEIS Allowed only through DGFT Computer, Manual Transfer not Allowed

·    Scrips issued from 14 Jan 2019 Covered

·    Physical Issue of Scrips too will Go in Future


Aviation Gasoline under 27101219 on Free with AU Import through IOC (Policy Condition 5) – Flying Clubs Exempted


CRO must be satisfied for IT Goods like Mobiles

·    No CRO to Result in Destruction of Goods at Import Point