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Implementation of Duty Free Import Scheme (DFIS) – Comprehensive guidelines - 2012-2013


No.CLE/Pol/DFIS/2012
26th March 2012

All Members of the Council.

Dear Member,

Sub : Implementation of Duty Free Import Scheme (DFIS) – Comprehensive guidelines - 2012-2013 – reg.

Members are kindly aware that the regulations governing implementation of DFIS were notified through a new Customs Notification (Tariff) No. 17/2012 dated 17th March 2012 in the Union Budget 2012-13, by rescinding the earlier Customs Notification (Tariff) No. 21/2002 dated 1.3.2002. Accordingly, the DFIS guidelines and formats of applications for issue of Export Performance Certificate (EPC) and Import Certificate (IC) have been modified as per the amended regulation notified vide Customs Notification (Tariff) No.12/2012 dated 17th March 2012 and Corrigendum Notification dated.19th March 2012.

In this regard, the Council has prepared a comprehensive circular incorporating the new regulations and revised fee structure of the certification fee, as stated above. The comprehensive circular is enclosed herewith. This circular has the following details.

  1. Brief introduction on the DFIS scheme.

  2. 3% DFIS for exporters of Leather Garments – list of eligible inputs/embellishments notified for import, eligibility conditions, operative guidelines including issue of Export Performance Certificate and Import Certificate and payment of service charges for availing DFIS.

  3. 3% DFIS for manufacturer-exporters of footwear and leather products – separate list of eligible inputs/embellishments for import for product segments namely Leather Goods, Footwear, Footwear Components, Leather Gloves and Saddlery & Harness items, eligibility conditions, operative guidelines including issue of Export Performance Certificate and Import Certificate and payment of service charges for availing DFIS.

  4. Application form for issue of Export Performance Certificate (EPC) for Leather Garments exporters enclosed at Annexure – I

  5. Application form for issue of Import Certificate (IC) for Leather Garments exporters enclosed at Annexure – II

  6. Specimen of Affidavit at Annexure III to be submitted by exporters of Leather Garments for import of lining and interlining materials as per serial no. 259 of Customs Notification (Tariff) no. 12/2012 dated 17.3.2012, as amended from time to time.

  7. Application form for issue of Export Performance Certificate (EPC) for Footwear/ Footwear Components/Leather Goods/ Leather Gloves and Saddlery & Harness segments enclosed at Annexure – IV.

  8. Application form for issue of Import Certificate (IC) Footwear/ Footwear Components/Leather Goods/ Leather Gloves and Saddlery & Harness segments enclosed at Annexure – V.

Members may please note all the above guidelines with regard to implementation of DFIS scheme during 2012-13.

1) Service charges:

As per decision of the Committee of Administration (COA) of the Council, the following "Service charges" will be applicable for issuance of Export Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Import Certificates (I/Cs) for the year 2012-13.

One time payment option: The Service Charges for issuance of Export Performance Certificate (EPC) will be @ 0.04% of FOB value , subject to a minimum of Rs. 4,000/- for members opting one- time payment for issue of Export Performance Certificate. Service Tax will be levied as applicable

Every time payment Option: The Service charges for issuance of Import Certificate (I/C) will be @ 2% of CIF value , subject to minimum charges of Rs.200/- payable per IC . Service Tax will be levied as applicable.

2) Service Tax

The Service Tax rate has been enhanced in the Union Budget 2012-13 from 10% to 12%. Hence, the Service Tax payable on the aforesaid fee for issue of EPC and IC would be 12.36% (which is inclusive of Education Cess of 3% payable on the service tax)

Members may kindly note the procedures/guidelines mentioned in the aforesaid Comprehensive Circular and accordingly avail the benefits of DFIS, with effect from April 1, 2012.

With regards,

D. Saalai Maraan
Executive Director
COUNCIL FOR LEATHER EXPORTS

DFIS COMPREHENSIVE GUIDELINES MARCH-2012

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