March 30, 2012
All Members of the Council.
Sub : Revision in the Textile Certificate Fee
As members are aware, as per Paragraph 11 of Chapter 1 A of ITC (HS) classifications, import of textile and textile articles falling under ITC HS Classification Chapters 50 to 63 are permitted subject to the condition that they shall not contain any of the hazardous dyes whose handling, production, carriage or use is prohibited by the Government of India under the provisions of clause (d) of subsection (2) of section 6 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) read with the relevant rule(s) framed thereunder. For this purpose, the import consignments shall be accompanied by a pre-shipment certificate from a textile testing laboratory accredited to the National Accredition Agency of the Country of Origin. In cases where such certificates are not available, the consignment will be cleared after getting a sample of the imported consignment tested & certified from any of the agencies indicated in Public Notice No. 12 (RE-2001)/1997-2002 dated 3rd May, 2001.
However, in accordance with the DGFT Policy Circular No.5 dt.29.5.2003 (copy enclosed), Council for Leather Exports (CLE) has been nominated as a “Certifying Agency” to issue Certificates to its members for clearance of import of textile and textile articles by the manufacturer-exporters of leather products, subject to the following conditions stipulated in the aforesaid DGFT Policy Circular.
· Council members have a valid RCMC on the date of issue
· Importers are registered with the Council as manufacturer exporters in terms of Exim Policy provisions.
· Items of imports are meant for manufacture of export products only and can not be sold/transferred to units in DTA.
Accordingly, the Council has been issuing TEXTILE CERTIFICATES to manufacturer exporters registered with Council to facilitate clearance of import consignments of textile and textile articles used as inputs in manufacturing of export products. For this purpose a fee of Rs.250/- plus service tax was charged as certification fee for each certificate.
Now, as per the decision of 138th COA meeting, the Certificate fee has been revised to Rs.500 + applicable Service tax with effect from 1st April 2012. Accordingly, members may kindly note that from 1st April 2012, the Certification Fee for issue of ‘Textile Certificate’ will be Rs.500 + 12.36% service tax, which will be rounded off to Rs.562 per certificate.
Members may kindly take note of the above.
R.Ramesh Kumar, IAS