Kamalasagar (Tripura) LCS in Indo-BDesh Border Haat Notified for Zero Duty Local Produce Import

[Customs Notification No. 36 dated 4th June 2015]

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 25 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Government, being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do,  hereby makes the following amendment in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, No. 60/2011-Customs, dated the 14th July, 2011, published vide number G.S.R. 536(E), dated the 14th July, 2011, namely:-

In the said notification, for condition (i), the following shall be substituted, namely: -

“(i) the importer produces evidence to the satisfaction of the Assistant Commissioner of Customs or Deputy Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be, that such goods have, in fact, been locally produced in Bangladesh and are imported into India through the land route from Balat, Kalaichar, Srinagar (Tripura) or Kamalasagar (Tripura) land customs station for sale in Balat, Kalaichar, Srinagar (Tripura) or Kamalasagar (Tripura) border haats, as the case may be;”.

2.  This notification shall come into force with effect from the 06th day of June, 2015.

F. No. 354/64/2010-TRU]

[DGFT Public Notice No. 15 dated 3rd June 2015]

Subject: Trade in Border Haats across the border of Tripura between India and Bangladesh

In exercise of powers conferred under paragraph 2.4 read with 2.21 of the Foreign Trade Policy, 2015-20, the Director General of Foreign Trade hereby makes the following arrangements under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated 23.10.2010 between India and Bangladesh:

In terms of the provisions contained in the Foreign Trade Policy, the following commodities will be allowed to be traded in the Border Haats at Kamalasagar, Tripura (India) & Tarapur Kasba (Bangladesh) near border Pillar No-2039:

i.   Locally produced vegetables, food items, fruits, spices;

ii.  Minor local forest produce e.g. bamboo, bamboo grass and broom stick but excluding timber;

iii.  Products of local cottage industries like Gamcha, Lungi etc;

iv.  Locally produced small agricultural household implements e.g., dao, plough, axe, spade, chisel etc.

v.  Locally produced garments, melamine products, processed food items, fruit juice, etc.

2.  Locally produced’ in the above paragraph means ‘the produce of the concerned border districts of the designated Haats’. Clarification as to the specific commodity falling under the above list of items will be given by the Haat Management Committee, constituted under Article 1 of the operational guidelines of the MOU.

3.  Vendors who are allowed to sell their products in the Border Haats shall be the residents of the area within five (5) km radius from the location of Border Haats. The vendees may offer immediate consumption items of snack foods/juices as may be allowed by the Haat Management Committee.

4.  Effect of Public Notice

It operationalises the provisions of Memorandum of Understanding dated 23.10.2010 between India and Bangladesh by facilitating border trade between the two through two new border Haats at Kamalasagar, Tripura on the Indian side and Tarapur Kasba on Bangladesh side.

[Customs Notification No. 50 (Non Tariff) dated 3rd June 2015]

In exercise of the powers conferred by clauses (b) and (c) of sub-section (1) of section 7 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Board of Excise and Customs hereby makes the following further amendments in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), No.63/1994-CUSTOMS (NT) dated the 21st November, 1994, published vide number S.O.830(E), dated the 21st November, 1994, namely:-

In the said notification,-

(i)   in the opening paragraph, in the fourth proviso, for the words “Balat, Kalaichar, and Srinagar”, the words “Balat, Kalaichar, Srinagar and Kamalasagar” shall be substituted; 

(ii)  in the Table, against serial number 2 relating to the land frontier of Bangladesh, in columns (3) and (4), after the existing entries relating to (55), the following entries shall be inserted, namely:-

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

“ (56) Kamalasagar (Tripura)

Kamalasagar (District Sephaijala, Tripura), Border Pillar No. 2039”.

[F.No. 480/11/2012-LC]