Simplification and Revision of Softex Procedure at SEZs for the Export of Goods and Services

Dated 26th July 2013

Reserve Bank of India (Foreign Exchange Department) vide its notification No. RBI/2012-13/359 dated January 1, 2013 issued to All Category – I Authorized Dealer Banks notified the following:

With Reference to Regulation 6 of the Notification No. FEMA 23/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000 viz. Foreign Exchange Management (Export of Goods and Services) Regulations, 2000, as amended by the Notification No.FEMA.36/2001-RB dated February 27, 2001, in terms of which designated officials of the Ministry of Information Technology/ Ministry of Commerce and Industry (as the case may be), Government of India at the Software Technology Parks of India (STPIs) or at Free Trade Zones (FTZs) or Export Processing Zones (EPZs) or Special Economic Zones (SEZs), had been authorized to certify exports declared through SOFTEX Forms.

A revised Softex procedure was first introduced at the 5 designated centers of STPIs from April 1, 2012 vide A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.80 dated February 15, 2012 and subsequently extended to all STPIs in India vide A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.47 dated October 23, 2012. It has now been decided to implement the revised Softex procedure at all SEZs / EPZs / 100%EOU / DTA also with immediate effect.

As per the revised procedure, a software exporter either under STPIs or SEZs / EPZs / 100%EOU / DTA, whose annual turnover is at least Rs.1000 crore or who files at least 600 SOFTEX forms annually on all India basis, will be eligible to submit  statements in revised excel format sheets as per enclosed Annexures A & B . All other terms and conditions mentioned in the A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.80 dated February 15, 2012 applicable to exporters of software situated in STPIs would remain unchanged.

Formats of SOFTEX forms (Annexure A and B) are annexed here.



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