Export Promotion Schemes in India 2023

Export Promotion Schemes in India 2023

Customs Manual of India 2023 explains Export Promotion Schemes 2023

We have written many posts  in this website about export incentive schemes in India . However,  please treat  this post  extracted from Indian Customs Manual updated till 31.12.2022.  So you may prefer to read this post to update your knowledge on Export promotion schemes in India. 

The Customs Manual of India 2023 under Chapter 23 explains in detail about the latest  export promotion schemes provided to Indian Exporters.  The customs manual 2023 elaborates  about the export promotion schemes classifies as  Reward schemes and Incentive Schemes,  Advance Authorization Scheme, Duty Free Import Authorisation (DFIA), EPCG Scheme, Post Export EPCG Duty Credit Scrip Scheme, General provisions relating to Export Promotion Schemes, Verification and Monitoring related to AA, DFIA, EPCG and Post Export EPCG, Older Export Promotion Schemes, Scheme for Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies on export of garments and made  and Phasing out of physical copies of MEIS/SEIS Scrips.

Reward schemes and Incentive Schemes:

Advance Authorization Scheme:

Duty Free Import Authorisation (DFIA)

EPCG Scheme

Post Export EPCG Duty Credit Scrip Scheme

General provisions relating to Export Promotion Schemes

Verification and Monitoring related to AA, DFIA, EPCG and Post Export EPCG

Older Export Promotion Schemes

Scheme for Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies on export of garments and made

Phasing out of physical copies of MEIS/SEIS Scrips


The extract of Chapter 23 of Indian Customs Manual is given under for your detailed read:

Chapter 23: Export Promotion Schemes

1. Introduction:

1.1 The Export Promotion Schemes implemented by CBIC relate to those provided in respective

Foreign Trade Policies issued from time to time. Presently the broad categories of schemes

pertaining to FTP 2009-14 (effective till 31.3.2015) and FTP 2015-20 are as below:-

(a) Incentive or Reward schemes under which exporters are granted duty credit through a scrip

which is permitted to be utilized for exemption by way of debiting certain duties/tax, subject

to conditions.

(b) Duty exemption schemes like Advance Authorisation (AA) and Duty Free Import

Authorization (DFIA) which permit duty free import of inputs related to export production.

Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) Scheme permits duty free import of capital goods

against an obligation to export goods in a specific time frame.

(c) Duty remission scheme like the Post export EPCG duty credit scheme wherein duty credit

scrip is issued based on Basic Customs duty paid in cash on Capital goods imported and

utilized for fulfilment of export obligation.

2. Reward /Incentive Schemes:

2.1 The provisions of Reward/Incentive Schemes of FTP 2009-14 (effective for exports till 31.03.2015)

viz. Served From India Scheme (SFIS), Vishesh Krishi and Gram Udyog Yojana (VKGUY), Agri.

Infrastructure Incentive Scrip (AIIS), Focus Market Scheme (FMS), Focus Product Scheme (FPS)

and Status Holders Incentive Scrip (SHIS) Schemes have been dealt at paras 2 to 7 of Chapter

23 of the Customs Manual 2014.

2.2 Under the FTP 2015-20,

(a) Merchandise Exports from India (MEIS) Scheme rewards export of notified goods listed in

Appendix 3B of Handbook of Procedures generally @ 2% or 3% or 5% or 7% or 10% of

certain FOB value of exports. It includes reward on export via foreign post offices or

international courier terminals of specified items that are transacted using e-commerce

platforms, subject to value limit of Rs. 5 lakh per consignment. In order to claim reward under

MEIS, it is mandatory that exporter declares intent to claim reward at the time of export on

shipping bills / bills of export that are filed on or after 1.6.2015.

(b) Service Exports from India (SEIS) Scheme incentivizes export of notified services listed in

Appendix 3D of Handbook of Procedures by service provider located in India who have

specified minimum net free foreign exchange earnings in preceding financial year. Only

services rendered in the manner as per Para 9.51(i) and Para 9.51(ii) of the Foreign Trade

Policy (FTP) 2015-20 are eligible. The entitlement is either 3% or 5% or 7% of net foreign

exchange earned.

(c) Under these two schemes, based on FOB value of exports/net foreign exchange earnings,

DGFT issues duty credit scrips viz. MEIS & SEIS scrips. Both, MEIS and SEIS scrips are

freely transferable and can be used for payment of Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on import of

any item except those listed in Appendix 3A of Foreign Trade Procedures, or for domestic

procurement of items that continue to be subject to Central Excise duties in GST regime.

Basic Customs duty paid through debit under these scrips is allowed to be adjusted as Duty

Drawback. Additional Customs duty/ post GST remnant excise duty paid through debit in

these scrips is also allowed to be adjusted as CENVAT Credit or Duty Drawback.

[Refer Notifications Nos. 24 and 25 /2015-Customs, Nos.20 and 21 /2015-C.E., all dated


 (d) Duty Credit Scrips issued under FTP 2015-20 can also be utilized / debited for payment of

Customs duties in case of EO defaults for authorizations issued under Chapter 4 and 5 of

FTP 2015-20.However, Duty Credit Scrips cannot be used to discharge penalty or interest

which are required to be deposited in cash. [Refer Circular No. 11/2015-Customs dated


(e) Clearance of goods from Customs Bonded warehouses using MEIS and SEIS duty credit

scrips for duty payment is allowed as per the same procedure as is prescribed for DEPB


Refer Para 3.11 of Foreign Trade Procedure 2015-20 and Circular No. 68/2000 dated 18.8.2000

and 72/2003-Cus dated 11.8.2003.

2.3 Verification related to duty credit scrips:

Where export of goods under specific shipping bills/bills of export (not filed electronically in

Customs EDI) shown in annexure/condition sheet of the reward duty credit scrip is involved, the

backing shipping bills need to be verified for genuineness. However, if the shipping bills were filed

electronically in Customs EDI but scrip was not received simultaneously online through electronic

transmission from DGFT, such verification of genuineness of shipping bills shall be restricted to

not more than 5% randomly selected scrips for which EDI shipping bill details (irrespective of port

of export) shall be viewed in house using the role ‘enq_cntry’ in ICES v. 1.5, without seeking

documents from exporter. The Custom Houses need not verify genuineness of shipping bills when

the reward scrip has been simultaneously received online through electronic transmission from

DGFT. Customs can also carry out complete verification of scrip only where specific intelligence

suggests misuse or requirement of an investigation.

Refer Circulars No. 5/2010-Cus.dated 16-3-2010, No.17/2012-Cus., dated 5-7-2012, No. 14/2015-

Cus. dated 20-4-2015, 12/2016-Cus dated 28-3-2016 and Instruction No.609/119/2010-DBK.,

dated 18-1-2011

3. Advance Authorization Scheme:

3.1 Advance Authorisations (AA) are issued to allow duty free import of inputs that are physically

incorporated in the export product (after making normal allowance for wastage) as well as certain

items like fuel, oil, catalysts which are consumed in the course of their use to obtain the export

product. The raw materials/inputs are allowed in terms of Standard Input-Output Norms (SION) or

self-declared norms of exporter. The AA are issued on pre-export or post export basis in

accordance with the FTP and procedures in force on the date of issue.

3.2 AA are issued for physical exports as well as deemed exports. The holder is required to fulfil export

obligation (EO) by exporting specified quantity/value of resultant product. The AA and the

materials imported are not transferable even after completion of EO.

3.3 AA usually have a minimum of 15% value addition (except for Gems and Jewellery Sector) as

prescribed under para 4.09 of FTP. The value addition for gems and jewellery and for specified

goods is less than 15% as prescribed in Para 4.61 of Handbook of Procedures. In case of Tea,

the minimum value addition is 50%. As per Appendix 11 in HBP 2009-14 (Appendix 4C in HBP

2015-20), higher value addition is prescribed for export for which payment are not received in

freely convertible currency.

3.4 Normally, All Industry Rate (AIR) of Duty Drawback is not admissible with AA. However, a new

scheme called Special Advance Authorisation for export of articles of apparels and clothing

accessories of Chapters 61 & 62 of ITC (HS) is introduced w.e.f. 01.09.2016, wherein exporters

are eligible for claiming AIR of Duty Drawback for non-fabric inputs on the exports and the value

of any other input (non-fabric inputs) on which drawback is claimed or intended to be claimed shall

be more or equal to 22% value of export realized. Further, Brand Rate of Duty Drawback may be

claimed in respect of duty-paid inputs (not specified in the norms) which are used in the export

product provided such duty paid inputs have been endorsed by RA for drawback payment on the

AA. This specification ensures value addition norms.

[Refer Circular No. 37/2016 dated 13.08.2016 & DGFT Not. No. 21/2015-20 dated. 11.08.2016]

3.5 AA are also issued on the basis of annual requirements of exporter, which enables planning for

manufacturing / exports on a longer term basis. However, self-declared norms are not permitted

under annual requirement under FTP 2015-20. Advance Authorisation for Annual Requirement is

also not available in respect of SION where any item of input appears in Appendix 4-J of FTP


Refer Notifications Nos. 20/2015-Customs & 21/2015-Customs both dated 01.04.2015

3.6 Certain items that are otherwise prohibited for export may be exported under AA scheme, with

conditions stricter than otherwise imposed including the export being allowed only from specified

EDI enabled ports, subject to pre-import condition under notified SION/prior fixation of norms by

Norms Committee, export obligation period being 90 days from import clearance without

extensions and import being subject to non-transfer, including for job work and actual user

condition, and the inapplicability of provisions for regularisation of default, etc.

[Refer Notification Nos. 1/2014-Cus., dated 17-1-2014 and No. 22/2015-Cus.,dated 1-42015 and

Circular No.4/2014-Cus., dated 10-2-2014]

3.7 AA are issued either to a manufacturer exporter or merchant exporter tied to supporting

manufacturer(s) or to sub-contractors in respect of supplies of goods to specified projects provided

the name of such sub-contractor appears in the main contract.

3.8 The AA holders are required to file a bond with 100% Bank Guarantee for the duty difference with

the Customs at the time of importing duty free inputs. Certain categories of exporters are

conditionally exempt from filing Bank Guarantee in terms of CBIC Circular No. 58/2004-Cus dated

21-10-2004 as amended last by Circular No. 15/2014-Cus dated 18.12.2014. In case AA holder

exports first by using imported inputs/indigenously procured inputs, he can seek waiver of Bond

condition from DGFT in terms of Para 4.47 of HBP 2015-20. In cases where the AA/DFIA/EPCG

authorisation holder is a registered member of an Export Promotion Council, he shall produce a

certificate of export performance or payment of duty/GST to claim exemption from furnishing Bank

Guarantee from the concerned Export Promotion Council. Those who are not registered with

Export Promotion Council, may produce such certificate by a practising Chartered Accountant who

is registered with the GST Department (Centre/State/UT) for payment of GST.

Refer Circular No.31/2019-Customs dated 13.09.2019

3.9 Validity of an AA for making imports is 12 months but there is provision for RA to consider request

of original authorization holder and grant one revalidation for six months from expiry date as

prescribed in Para 4.41 of Handbook of Procedure, 2015-20. For fulfilment of EO, normally a

period of 18 months from the date of issue is specified, with certain exceptions of shorter or longer

periods as prescribed in Para 4.42 of Handbook of Procedure 2015-20.

3.10 Under the FTP 2015-20, the exporters of gems and jewellery can import/procure duty free inputs

for manufacture of export product under various schemes viz. (i) Advance Procurement

/Replenishment of Precious Metals from Nominated Agencies; (ii) Replenishment Authorization

for Gems; (iii) Replenishment Authorization for Consumables and (iv) Advance Authorization for

precious Metals. Import of gold for jewellery sector under Advance Authorization is on pre-import

basis with actual user condition.

[Refer Para 4.31 to Para 4.53 of FTP 2015-20]

3.11 Keeping in view nuances of individual variants of Advance Authorization, individual notifications

issued by Revenue have certain variations in conditions, inter alia, related to prevention of dual or

unintended benefits.

Refer Notification Nos. 96 and 99/2009-Cus., both dated 11-9-2009 and No.112/2009Cus.,

dated 29-9-2009 and Nos.18, 20 and 21/2015-Cus., all dated 1-4-2015

3.12 After introduction of GST, imports are liable to levy of IGST and Compensation Cess. However

w.e.f. 13.10.2017, imports under AA are exempted from IGST and Compensation Cess. Such

exemption is available only for physical exports and is subject to pre-import condition.

[Refer Notification No.18/2015-Cus dated 1-4-2015 as amended by Notification No.

79/2017-Cus. Dated 13.10.2017 &DGFT Notification No. 33/2015-20 dated 13.10.2017]

3.13 Domestic supplies to holder of AA are treated as deemed export under Section 147 of CGST Act,

2017. Supplier or recipient of such supplies is eligible for refund of GST paid on such supplies.

Refer Notification No. 47/2017-Central Tax dated 18-10-2017 & Notification No.

48/2017-Central Tax dated 18-10-2017

4. Duty Free Import Authorisation (DFIA):

4.1 DFIA issued under the FTP 2009-14 are similar to AA in many aspects including requirement of

monitoring. However, DFIA has a minimum value addition requirement of 20% and once export

obligation is completed, transferability of the authorization and / or material imported against it is

permitted. The DFIA is issued only where SION are notified. After the annual supplement 2013 to

the FTP 2009-14, the exemption from antidumping duty and safeguard duty is not available when

materials are imported against a DFIA made transferable. In case imported materials are

transferred, the importer is to pay an amount equal to the anti-dumping and safeguard duty leviable

on the material, with interest. These aspects apply subject to specified conditions.

4.2 Under the FTP 2015-20, only post-export transferable DFIA with exemption from only Basic

Customs duty is issued by RA. Such DFIA is not available for Gems and Jewellery sector or where

SION prescribes actual user condition (for example, fuel). The admissibility of brand rate of duty

drawback is as per para 4.26 of the FTP. For transferrable DFIA, prior to registration it is to be

verified that the details of the exports given along with the DFIA match the record of exports and

is genuine. If any discrepancy is found it need to be first referred to the RA.

Refer Circular No. 12/2016) [Refer Circulars No.11/2009-Cus., dated 25-2-2009 and

No.6/2011-Cus dated 18-1-2011 and Notification No.98/2009-Cus dated 11-09-2009

and No.19/2015-Customs dated 1-4-2015

5. EPCG Scheme:

5.1 Under FTP 2015-20, -

(a) Zero duty EPCG scheme allows import of capital goods (except those specified in negative

list in Appendix 5F of Handbook of Procedure). The Export Obligation is equivalent to 6

times of the duties/taxes and cess saved on the capital goods imported with EO period of 6

years (extendable by 2 years) from the date of issue of Authorization. A more favourable

dispensation for EO is provided for export of specified green technology products as well as

units located in North Eastern States, Sikkim and Jammu and Kashmir. The EO for spares

for imported/domestically sourced capital goods is same as that for capital goods.

(b) The import of capital goods has to be made within 18 months from the date of issue of the


(c) EO is to be fulfilled in two blocks i.e. 4 years and 2 years wherein 50% EO is to be fulfilled

in the respective blocks. The RA can grant extension of block-wise period or overall period

of fulfilment subject to specified conditions. In the case of manufacturer/merchant/service

exporters, the EO is required to be fulfilled by exporting goods manufactured or capable of

being manufactured or services rendered by the use of capital goods imported under the

scheme. The EO is to be over and above the average level of exports achieved in the

preceding three licensing years for the same and similar products. Certain sectors as

specified in Para 5.13 of the Handbook of Procedure 2015-20are not required to maintain

average level of exports.

(d) The Authorizations are issued to manufacturer exporters and merchant exporters with or

without supporting manufacturer, and service providers and also available to Common

Service Provider (CSP). The authorizations specify the value/quantity of the export product

to be exported against it.

(e) The Authorization holder is required to file bond with 100% Bank Guarantee with the

Customs prior to commencement of import of capital goods. Certain categories of exporters

get benefit of exemptions from Bank Guarantee in terms of the Circular No. 58/2004-Cus

dated 21-10-2004 as amended last by Circular No. 15/2014-Customs dated 18.12.2014.

The CG imported are subject to actual user condition and the goods imported cannot be

transferred or sold, etc. till the fulfilment of EO.

(f) Third party exports are permitted with respect to exported goods manufactured by the

authorisation holder and conditions have been specified to ensure this aspect.

(Refer para 5.04 of FTP 2015-20 read with 5.10 of HBP 2015-20).

(g) Installation Certificates (ICs) for capital goods are permitted to be obtained from

jurisdictional Customs Authority or independent Chartered Engineer at the latter case, the

authorization holder would send copy of IC to the jurisdictional Customs office to the

authorisation holder’s option. Capital goods may be installed at supporting manufacturer’s

premises if prior to such installation the latter’s details are endorsed on the authorisation by

RA, who would intimate the change to jurisdictional Customs office and the Customs

location where authorisation is registered in terms of para 5.02 of FTP 2015-20.

(h) The EPCG Authorization holder is required to indicate the EPCG Authorization No./date on

the shipping bill/invoice (in case of deemed exports). After fulfilment of specified EO,

relevant documents are to be submitted to RA for obtaining EODC. This is taken into account

by Customs authority at port of registration for purposes of redemption of bond/Bank

Guarantee, subject to prescribed checks including intelligence based checks.

(i) The export obligation is lower by 25% when capital goods are sourced indigenously. This is

implemented by RA.

(j) The EPCG authorisation for annual requirement, the provisions for technological

upgradation and for transfer of EPCG capital goods to group companies in certain

cases/sectors are discontinued in FTP 2015-20.

[Refer Notification No.16/2015- Customs, dated 1-4-2015]

5.2 After introduction of GST, imports are liable to levy of IGST and Compensation Cess. W.e.f.

13.10.2017, imports under EPCG by all sectors are exempted from IGST and Compensation Cess.

This exemption is optional for the EPCG holder. Such exemption is available only for physical


Notification No.16/2015-Cus dated 1-4-2015 as amended by Notification No. 79/2017Cus. Dated

13.10.2017 & DGFT Notification No. 33/2015-20 dated 13.10.2017

5.3 Domestic supplies to holder of EPCG are treated as deemed export under Section 147 of CGST

Act, 2017. Supplier or recipient of such supplies is eligible for refund of GST paid on such supply.

 Notification No. 47/2017-Central Tax dated 18-10-2017 & Notification No. 48/2017Central Tax

dated 18-10-2017

6. Post Export EPCG Duty Credit Scrip Scheme:

6.1 Post Export EPCG Duty Credit Scrip is available to exporters who intend to import capital goods

on full payment of applicable duties in cash and choose to opt for this scheme. Basic Customs

duty paid on Capital Goods shall be remitted in the form of freely transferable duty credit scrip(s),

similar to those issued under Chapter 3 of FTP. Upon initial application by an exporter, RA shall

issue a post export EPCG authorisation specifying “Not for imports” on the body of the

authorisation and specify average EO if any. Specific EO shall be 85% of the applicable specific

EO as mentioned in the authorisation. EO period shall commence from the authorisation issue

date. Installation and use of the imported capital goods and other conditions including non-disposal

of the capital goods till the date of last export shall be applicable to this authorisation. Further, all

provisions of the erstwhile EPCG Scheme shall apply insofar as these are not inconsistent with

this scheme.

6.2 Upon completion of the specific as well as average EO mentioned in the authorisation, RA shall

issue a freely transferable duty credit scrip equivalent to the proportionate EO fulfilled based on

Basic Customs duty paid. The said scrip shall be produced before the proper officer of Customs

at the time of import for debit of applicable duties leviable on the imported goods. The validity of

the scrip shall be 18 months from the date of issue and the said scrip has to be valid at the date

of import for debits.

Refer notification No.17/2015-Customs dated 1-4-2015

7. General provisions relating to Export Promotion Schemes:

7.1 Imports and exports under the Export Promotion schemes are permitted at the ports, airports,

ICDs and LCSs, as specified in the respective Customs duty exemption notifications. However,

these notifications empower the Commissioners of Customs to permit export/import under these

schemes from any other place which has not been notified, on case to case basis by making

suitable arrangements at such places. In addition, international courier terminals and foreign post

offices, as notified are included as port of export for rewards on exports of goods subject to value

limit of Rs. 5 lakh per consignment.

Refer DGFT Notification No. 22/2015-20 dated 26.07.2018 and Customs Notification No. 24/2015-

Cus dated 8.4.2015 as amended vide Notification No. 63/2018-Cus dated 18.09.2018

7.2 Facility to execute a common bond for specified export promotion schemes like Advance

Authorization/Duty Free Import Authorization and EPCG is permitted to authorization holders,

subject to certain conditions.

Refer Circular No.11(A)/ 2011-Cus., dated 25-2-2011

7.3 Facility for suomoto payment of Customs duty in case of bona fide default in export obligation

under the Advance/ EPCG authorisations is provided in procedure prescribed vide Circular No.

11/2015-Customs dated 01.04.2015. Para 4.50 and para 5.23 of HBP 2015-2020 refer to this


8. Verification and Monitoring related to AA, DFIA, EPCG and Post Export EPCG


8.1 The AA holder is required to maintain a true and proper account of consumption and utilization of

duty free imported/domestically procured goods for a specified minimum period. The AA No./date

is to be indicated on the shipping bill/ bill of export or invoice (in case of deemed exports). The

imports/exports under AA and their utilization require monitoring. The AA holder is to submit

relevant export documents to RA to obtain an Export Obligation Discharge Certificate (EODC). An

AA holder is required to deposit Customs duties with interest in case EO is not fulfilled. The RA

informs details of payments to Customs at the port of registration or Commissioner of Customs

having jurisdiction over the factory of AA holder, as the case may be. The EODC or redemption

letter is taken into account by Customs authority at port of registration for purposes of redemption

of Bond/Bank Guarantee, subject to prescribed checks including intelligence based checks.

8.2 The jurisdictional Commissioners of Customs are required to take action to monitor fulfilment of

export obligation. Field formations are now also enabled to view in EDI the authorization-wise all

India export details which would assist in identifying actionable cases under Advance Authorization

and EPCG scheme. Commissioners are to put in place an institutional mechanism for periodical

meetings with RA to exchange intelligence, check misuse and pursue issues such as EO fulfilment

status in cases where EO period has expired in that quarter/ previous quarter so that concerted

action can be taken against the defaulters. In case of defaulters, the field formation may issue

simple notice to the Authorisation holder for submission of proof of discharge of export obligation.

In case, where the Authorization holder submits proof of their application having been submitted

to DGFT, the matter may be kept in abeyance till the same is decided by DGFT. Further, timely

action taken in all cases of default is required to be initiated to safeguard revenue. The action to

safeguard revenue is monitored through CBIC’s Comprehensive MIS formats DGI - Cus 11& 11A.

All field formations are required to update this data on regular basis.

Refer Circular 16/2017 Dated 02.05.2017

8.3 Apart from the checks prescribed in Board’s extant instructions, the jurisdictional Commissioners

of Customs are also to cause random verification for some of the authorizations issued under

EPCG/ DFIA/ Advance Authorization schemes to check correctness of address on the

Authorizations. The correctness of installation certificates issued by the Chartered Engineers is

required to be verified on a random basis and has been restricted to 5% cases. When address

verification or Installation Certificate verification is requested by the Customs authorities in respect

of EPCG authorizations, the authorities should include in their verification, a check of the periodical

utility bills (containing the address) as one of the means enabling verification of

installation/operation/ licensee premises. Wherever aforesaid checks are prescribed, the

verification shall be carried out through the jurisdictional Customs authorities.

Refer Instruction issued vide F.No. 605/71/2015-DBK dated 14.10.2016

8.4 To rule out fabricated export documents used to show fulfilment of EO, the genuineness of

shipping bills or bills of export not on Customs EDI (i.e. manual) is to be expeditiously verified

while registering a duty credit scrip or post export EPCG duty credit scrip or processing

EODC/redemption letters based on document purported to be of Customs non-EDI ports

Refer Circulars No.5/2010-Cus., dated 16-3-2010, No.25/2012 Cus., dated 6-9-2012, Instruction

No.609/119/2010-DBK, dated 18-1-2011 and Circular No.14/2015-Cus., dated 20-4-2015

9. Older Export Promotion Schemes:

9.1 Target Plus Scheme (TPS) was introduced for the Star Export Houses w.e.f. 1-9-2004 and

provided rewards in the form of duty free credit based on incremental export performance. Initially,

the entitlement was5% to 15% of the incremental growth in exports. W.e.f. 1-42005, it was reduced

to 5%. The scrip and goods imported are subject to actual user condition. Imports allowed were

inputs, capital goods including spares, office equipment, professional equipment and office

furniture. The scheme ended on1-4-2006. The reduction in rate of entitlement and exclusion of

certain products retrospectively from the Target Plus Scheme has been set aside by Hon’ble

Supreme Court vibe judgement dated 27.10.2015. In terms of the aforesaid judgment, DGFT is in

the process of issuing Target Plus duty credit scrips.

Notification was No.32/2005-Cus., dated 8-4-2005 as amended

10. Scheme for Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies on export of garments and made

ups (RoSCTL).

10.1 RoSCTL is a Scheme for Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies on export of garments

and made-ups notified by Ministry of Textiles (MoT), which has come into effect from 07.03.2019,

discontinuing the existing Rebate of State Levies (RoSL) scheme for garments and made-ups.

Under this Scheme, the benefit to exporters shall be given by DGFT in form of Merchandise

Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) type duty credit scrips.

Refer Circular No. 10/ 2019-Customs dated. 12.03.2019, Notification No. 14/26/2016-IT (Vol II)

dated 7.3.2019

10.2 Electronic Duty Credit Ledger Regulations, 2021 issued vide notification No. 75/2021-Customs

(N.T.) dated 23.09.2021 have been amended vide notification No. 79/2022 - Customs (N.T.)

dated 15.09.2022. As an effect of these amendments, the validity period of scrips is increased

from one year to two years from the date of their generation.

Refer Circular No. 22/2021-Customs dated. 30.09.2021 & Circular No. 22/2022-Customs dated.


10.3 After introduction of RoSCTL scheme, DGFT vide their Public Notice (PN) No. 58/2015-20 dated

29.01.2020 has withdrawn the benefit under Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) for

items falling under Chapters 61, 62 and 63 w.e.f. 07.03.2019. Further, with a view to compensate

exporters affected under the RoSCTL scheme, vide MoT’s notification no. 14/26/2016-IT/Vol. II

dated 14.01.2020 has notified the scheme for Additional Ad-hoc Incentive of upto 1% of FoB value

to be given to such exports of garments and made- ups. Under the RoSCTL and Additional Adhoc Incentive schemes, the rebate will be granted by DGFT in the form of electronic duty credit

scrips similar to the scrips issued under MEIS. The benefit under the two schemes will be given in

single electronic scrip to be utilized for payment of duties of Customs and Central Excise. The

scrips issued under the schemes will be freely transferable.

Refer Circular No. 13/2020-Cus dated. 19.02.2020

11. Phasing out of physical copies of MEIS/SEIS Scrips

11.1 DGFT phased out physical copies of MEIS and SEIS Duty Credit Scrips issued with EDI

port as port of registration to enhance the ease of doing business for exporters. DGFT has issued

Public Notice No. 84/2015-2020 dated 03.04.2019 and Trade Notice No. 03/2015-2020 dated

03.04.2019 notifying this change. This shall come into effect for MEIS/SEIS duty credit scrips

issued by DGFT from 10.04.2019 onwards for cases where the port of registration is an EDI

port. No TRA shall be issued in respect of these paperless scrips issued electronically by DGFT.

Consequently, such paperless scrips issued for EDI ports cannot be used for making imports at

non-EDI ports. DGFT shall continue to issue scrips in physical form on security paper as

per current practice for non-EDI ports. The facility of TRA would be available for such physical

scrips for making imports at other EDI/non-EDI ports.

Refer Circular No. 11/2019 dated.09.04.2019


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