New Deal for Nepal Trade in Secretary Level Delhi Meet

·         No more Transfer to Nepal Government as Customs Duty. Procedure dropped for transfer of excise duty on exports to Nepal.

·         Nepal Customs Duty on Indian Exports to Apply.

·         Exports to Nepal to be treated as normal exports.

·         Refund or exemption of excise measures extended to Nepal.

·         Nepal allows Indian cars on government authorised self-certificate for type approval import condition. Concedes Indian complaint of discrimination against Indian exports.

·         Nepal agrees to consider Indian request for restoration of 20% preference to Indian goods under SAFTA. The facility was cut to 5% in 2006-07 from 20% available in 2001-02.

·         India has turned down Nepal’s request of waiving excise on propane and butane imported by Nepalese companies from third countries, which are mixed in India and exported to Nepal. India said that such mixing was considered production activity which is subject to excise.

·         Discussion on trade related technical assistance

·         Exports of waste and scrap under the new rules of origin

·         Permission of Nepali jute industry in the procurement process of government and commercial agencies in India

·         Import of petroleum by the private sector

·         Non tariff barrier in respect of Ayurvedic and pharmaceutical imports from India

·         Removal of ban on equipment for project work in Nepal will also be discussed

·         Banned export of food grains from India

·         Unauthorized import of betel nuts

·         Controlling smuggling of vehicles

·         Transaction of 500 and 1,000 Rupees IC notes ban

·         Development of hydropower

·         Priority affixation of an additional one time lock by Indian customs on traffic in transit between Kolkata-Haldia port to Nepal, use of Vishakhapatnam port and Rohanpur-Singhabad railway, and extension of Kolkata- Haldia-Jogbani, and Haldia-Nautanawa rail service, said Secretary Ojha.

·         Smooth movement of vehicles in the transit route of Kakadbhitta-Banglabandh, laying of Raxaul-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline and dues to the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)

·         A 14-member Nepali delegation led by Nepal Secretary  Purushottam Ojha are high officials of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, Foreign Affairs, Law and Justice, Finance and Industry, Nepal Oil Corporation, Nepal Inter-Modal Transport Development Committee, Food Technology and Quality Control Department and the Customs Department.

The following notifications have been issued to amend the original notifications.

Notification No/Date

Text of Notification

24 / 2011-Central Excise (N.T.) dated 5th December, 2011

In exercise of the powers conferred by rule 18 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002, the Central Government hereby makes the following further amendment in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, notification number 19/2004-Central Excise (N.T.), dated the 6th September, 2004, namely:-

2. In the said notification, in the opening paragraph, for the words “other than Nepal and Bhutan”, the words “other than Bhutan” shall be substituted.

3. This notification shall come into force on 1st March, 2012.

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Notification No. 25 / 2011-Central Excise (N.T.)  dated 5th December, 2011

In exercise of the powers conferred by rule 18 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002, the Central Government hereby rescinds the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, number 20/2004-Central Excise (N.T.), dated the 6th September, 2004, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section 3, Sub-section (i), vide G.S.R. 571 (E), dated the 6th September 2004, except as respect of things done or omitted to be done before such rescission.

2. This notification shall come into force on 1st March, 2012.

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Notification No. 26 / 2011-Central Excise (N.T.) dated 5th December, 2011

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-rule (3) of rule 19 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002, the Central Board of Excise and Customs hereby makes the following further amendment in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, notification No. 42/2001-Central Excise (N.T.), dated the 26th June, 2001, namely: -

In the said notification, in the opening paragraph, for the words “except to Nepal and Bhutan”, the words “except Bhutan” shall be substituted.

2. This notification shall come into force on 1st March, 2012.

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Notification No. 27 / 2011-Central Excise (N.T.) dated 5th December, 2011

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-rule (3) read with sub-rule (2) of rule 19 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002, the Central Board of Excise and Customs hereby makes the following further amendment in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, notification No. 43/2001-Central Excise (N.T.), dated the 26th June, 2001, namely: -

2. In the said notification,-

(i) , in the proviso to clause (i), for the words “for exports to Nepal and Bhutan”, the words “for exports to Bhutan” shall be substituted.

(ii) in clause (vii), for the words “for export of goods to Nepal and Bhutan”, the words “for export of goods to Bhutan” shall be substituted.

2. This notification shall come into force on 1st March, 2012.

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Notification No. 28 / 2011-Central Excise (N.T.) dated 5th December, 2011

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-rule (3) read with sub-rule (2) of rule 19 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002, the Central Board of Excise and Customs hereby makes the following further amendment in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, notification No. 44/2001-Central Excise (N.T.), dated the 26th June, 2001, namely: -

In the said notification, in the opening paragraph, for the words “to any country except Nepal and Bhutan”, the words “to any country except Bhutan” shall be substituted.

2. This notification shall come into force on 1st March, 2012.

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Notification No. 29 / 2011-Central Excise (N.T.) dated 5th December, 2011

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-rule (3) of rule 19 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002, the Central Board of Excise and Customs hereby makes the following further amendment in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) number 45/2001-Central Excise (N.T.), dated the 26th June, 2001, namely: -

2. In the said notification,

(1) in paragraph 1 relating to Conditions and safeguards, in sub-paragraph (1) --

(i) for the words Nepal or Bhutan, wherever they occur, the word “Bhutan” shall be substituted;

(ii) for the words “the goods are removed for export to Nepal, as the case may be, or Bhutan”, the words “the goods are removed for export to Bhutan” shall be substituted.

(2) sub-paragraph (2) relating to “Export to Nepal in bond against payment in Indian rupee.” shall be omitted;

(3) In paragraph 2 relating to Procedure, in sub-paragraph (1), item [(iv)] relating to land customs stations shall be omitted.

3. This notification shall come into force on 1st March, 2012.

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