What is DTA in export import trade?

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Domestic Tariff Area under International Business


In this article, I introduce one of the terms in Export Import Trade – DTA Domestic Tariff Area.


What does Domestic Tariff Area mean?


Have you read my article – Customs Bonded Area? I have written in detail in simple language to make you easily understand about Customs Bonded Area. If you go through the said article about Customs Bonded Area, it is very easy to understand about DTA – Domestic Tariff Area.


In very simple terms, DTA means the area which is not under customs bonded.


The term DTA is normally used by the trade in exported goods, imported goods or locally procuring/manufacturing goods where in any kind of duty is involved.

Dta under international business

As I have explained in other articles, each EOU or STP unit has a Customs Bonded Ware house which is treated as Customs Bonded Area. If you want to move goods in or out of the said ware house, permission from customs/excise is required. Such goods procured locally or imported attracts duty amount. These units would have imported/procured such goods on the basis of export obligations with government. If a unit under EOU STP fulfilled such export obligation and achieved value addition, the authorities may permit the unit to sell dutiable goods to local market. So once after completion of export obligation, EOU units or STP units sell dutiable goods to Domestic Tariff Area by obtaining permission from the customs/excise authorities.


If you obtain any goods under free of duty with government schemes, you can sell the final products to domestic tariff area, once after fulfilling your export obligation with the government licensing authority.


I hope, I have clarified DTA Domestic Tariff Area in simple language to make you easily understand. Have you satisfied with this article about Domestic Tariff Area – DTA? Would you like to add more information about DTA – Domestic Tariff Area?


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chandrasekar.M: Dear sir we need some clarification on DTA units. What are the ways DTA units procure rawmaterials without payment of duty except advance license scheme

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Shailendra Juyal: Our unit is excisable and mafg. of zip fastner (T.H.No.96071110) and our another unit in bangladesh and mfg. same item My question is if we are import the same item and sale to domestic area, than we charge excise duty or not, please explain

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R V Patel Impex : Hello Sir. My Name is Romit Patel from Bharuch, Gujarat.I want to start importing of mobile accessories from China, I would like to know procedures and custom tariff and trade terms.

ANURAG AGGARWAL: Dear Sir(s) Unit 'A' is making sale of fabric to DTA unit which is further exporting the readymade garments made out of fabric supplied by Unit 'A'. 1. Can Unit 'A' avail the benefit of deemed exports/third party exports/supporting manufacturer from such sales? 2. If yes, what all does Unit 'A' need to claim the benefit of deemed exports to meet its Export Obligation under EPCG? 3. Does Unit 'A' need to request to the DTA unit to make any specific remark in their Export documents? 4. What shall be required by Unit 'A' which it has to submit to DGFT office for the Export obligation under EPCG

Shree Export : Sir, this refers to below e-mail, please note that there is no domestic sales, 100% export by drawback scheme. (but not in EOU Scheme).

Pankaj Upreti: We are importer of Soda Ash and We are planning to take custom bonded warehouse and will pack loose soda ash into 1MT jumbo bags and will be sold to end buyers. I want to clear that is Excise registration is required for process or not? Please help ASAP


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balaji: dear sir, one of our expoerter who is outside in the non-SEZ(A) zone wants to buy cargo from a SEZ zone company (B) and export to other country. i need clarification if we can file the SB on the name of A directly at SEZ and send the goods to the desired country or we have to file a DTA BOE take OOC after paying the required duty and then we can export in the name of A

R Vijayan: Can anyone guide me as to How to pay customs duty for DTA sale from EOU unit. Please give me the procedure. Thanks

selvaraj: How do you identify EOU / SEZ

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