Relaxation in applicability of provision in Para 6 (b) of General Notes Regarding Import Policy Schedule – I (Imports) of the ITC(HS) 2017, Schedule – I (Import Policy)

Relaxation in applicability of provision in Para 6 (b) of General Notes Regarding Import Policy Schedule – I (Imports) of the ITC(HS) 2017, Schedule – I (Import Policy)

MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

(Department of Commerce)

(DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF FOREIGN TRADE)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 24th August, 2021

No. 20/2015-2020

Subject: Relaxation in applicability of provision in Para 6 (b) of General Notes Regarding Import Policy Schedule – I (Imports) of the ITC(HS) 2017, Schedule – I (Import Policy).

General Notes Regarding Import Policy

S.O.  3464(E).—The  following  communications  have  been  received  regarding  the  import  of crushed and de-oiled GM soya cake (Non-living organism only):

1 (i) Vide DO No. R-43011/2/2021-Anim_Dadf dated 27.7.2021, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying sought permission/approval of MOEF&CC for allowing import of 12 Lakh MT crushed and de-oiled GM soya cake (Non-living organism) upto 31st October 2021, or earlier; 

(ii) In response to the above, MOEF vide OM dated 6.8.2021, has clarified that, "Since soya de-oiled and crushed (DOC) cake does not contain any living modified organism, this Ministry has no concerns and no objection for import of soya cakes from environmental angle";

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(iii) DoCA vide F. No. M-1/1/2020-PMC dated 16.8.2021 and Corrigendum dated 16.8.2021 has conveyed the approval of the Competent Authority to facilitate the import of 12 Lakh ton of GM soya de- oiled cake; and

(iv) DAHD vide letter dated 19.8.2021 has communicated those imports may be facilitated at 2 ports namely, Nhava Sheva (sea port) and Petrapole border (land port);

2. Therefore, in exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 read with Section 5 of FT(D&R) Act, 1992 and paragraph 1.02 and 2.01 of the Foreign Trade Policy, 2015-2020, as amended from time to time, the Central Government hereby relaxes the provision in Para 6 of General Notes Regarding Import Policy, Schedule – I (Imports) of the ITC(HS), 2017.

3. Accordingly, Condition No. 6 (b) of General Notes Regarding Import Policy Schedule -I (Imports) of the ITC (HS) 2017 will not apply to the import of 12 Lakh Metric ton of crushed and de-oiled GM soya cake (only Non-living organism) under ITC HS codes 23040020 and 23040030 till 31st October,2021 or until further orders, whichever is earlier, only from Nhava Sheva (INNSA1) port and LCS Petrapole (INPTPB).

4. Strict monitoring of import quantity of the above items through the designated ports shall be carried out by CBIC through the customs authorities at the respective ports to ensure that the quantity of 12 lakh Metric ton is not breached.

Effect of the Notification: Application of provision as in Condition 6(b) of General Notes Regarding Import Policy Schedule – I (Imports) of the ITC (HS) 2017 is relaxed to allow imports of 12 Lakh Metric ton of crushed and de-oiled GM soya cake (only Non-living organism) under ITC HS codes 23040020 and 23040030 from Nhava Sheva (INNSA1) port and LCS Petrapole (INPTPB), till 31st October, 2021 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

This issues with the approval of the Minister of Commerce & Industry.

[F. No. M-5012/300/2002/PC-2[A]/Part-VI/E-9019]
AMIT YADAV, Dir. Genl. of Foreign Trade
& Ex- officio Addl. Secy.


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