Dated 12th July 2014
Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Central Board of Excise and Customs vide its Circular No. 18 /2013-Customs clarified the following:
Attention is invited to the Circular No.27/2010-Customs, dated 13.08.2010, regarding procedure on refund of 4% Special Additional Duty (SAD). The above Circular provides the facility of manual filing of Bill of Entry for utilizing the amount of re-credited 4% SAD refunds for payment of duty in case of re-credited DEPB/ Reward Scheme scrips upto 31-03-2012. Circular No. 10/2012-Customs dated 29.03.2012 further extended the time upto 30.06.2012 utilizing the amount of re-credited 4% SAD refunds for payment of duty in case of re-credited DEPB/ Reward Scheme scrips.
2. References have been received from trade in the Board that importers have not been able to utilize the re-credited amount of 4% SAD. The matter has been examined in consultation with Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and it has been decided to extend time limit for using re-credited DEPB scrips/ Reward Scheme scrips in case of 4% SAD upto 30.09.2013.
3. Board also directs all Chief Commissioner of Customs to ensure that all pending application for refund of 4% SAD paid through DEPB/reward scrips are disposed of by 30-06-2013. The Chief Commissioner may constitute a special team to liquidate these refund claims. The report in this regard should be sent to Board by 04-07-2013.
4. Board also reiterates Para 8 of Board’s Circular No. 27/2010-Customs, dated 13-08-2010 wherein it was mentioned that in the interest of ensuring expeditious grant of refund of 4% SAD, the importers may be advised to make the initial payment of 4% SAD in cash. DGFT has also informed that no re-crediting shall be done if such payment is made by means of scrips. In other words, in future exporters should pay SAD component in cash if they want a refund.
5. It is emphasized that this is the final extension of time limit for reusing re-credited DEPB Scrips/Reward Scheme Scrips.
SOURCE: GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, MINISTRY OF FINANCE