No denial of duty exemption for not adhering to import procedures: CBIC

01 May 2022admin

The CBIC has asked field offices not to deny Customs duty exemptions to importers of oxygen-related equipment merely for not adhering to import procedures during the second wave of the Covid-19.

The CBIC has asked field offices not to deny Customs duty exemptions to importers of oxygen-related equipment merely for not adhering to import procedures during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said the issue of non-observance of conditions of Import of Goods at Concessional Duty Rates (IGCR) has come up during audit and verification of import of such equipment.

In an instruction to field offices, the CBIC said owing to the peculiar circumstance of the Covid-19 wave, parts of medical oxygen related equipment were imported on the emergency requirement and at times are said to have been assembled at the premises of hospitals or other establishments.

Considering the medical national emergency faced by the nation, these very exceptional circumstances may have led to the importers not being able to adhere to certain procedural aspects of the IGCR.

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