DGFT issues Guidelines for MEIS under the System Driven Approval Mechanism.

Sep 11, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Directorate General of  Foreign Trade (DGFT) vide Trade Notice dated September,11,2018 has issued guidelines to  apply for MEIS under the System Driven approval mechanism for MEIS applications for shipping bills from EDI ports.

The Directorate has been on regular basis taking measures to simplify the process of implementation of the FTP Schemes by establishing processes which are smooth, free from manual interface and are quick and efficient. In line with the Government of India’s motto of facilitating the “Ease of doing business this Directorate would start the process of system driven approval of the MEIS claim Applications from 13.09.2018 in respect of exports made through EDI shipping bills. The procedure for exporters/ MEIS applicants and the RAs are being outlined below for information and awareness

Ø  Information for Applicants:


The process of logging into the E com module would be the same as before. However, after entering the MEIS application window, the applicants would be prompted to select whether their MEIS claim is for Project Expons or not. The applicants are required to tick the relevant box in case they wish to apply for MEIS under Project Exports benefits as per procedure specified in Trade Notice 14 /2018-19 dated May 30,2018. These applications would be submitted, but would be processed at the DGFT HQs as informed Vide the above Trade Notice.


The rest of the application process is same for EDI shipping bills. However, the applicants are being informed that the Online module would not accept the submission of the MEIS application if

a. The applicant firm (IEC) is in Denied Entity List/ Suspended IEC/ Cancelled IEC.

 b. The applicant’s RCMC is not valid as on date of application.

c. The application is not made as per para 3.06 (a) of HBP 2015-20 under which the applicants are required to submit MEIS application for one financial year in one Jurisdictional Regional office.

 To illustrate. if an exporter has chosen RA Chennai for claiming rewards for exports made in 2017-18, then all claims for exports made in 2017-18. irrespective of the date of application shall be made to RA Chennai only. Date of export shall be reckoned as per criteria specified in Para 9.12 of Hand Book Procedures.


d. The shipping bills. already attached in any of the earlier applications and later disallowed for any reason whatsoever. would not be allowed to be accepted again under the new MEIS module w.e.f. 13.09.2018. Such shipping bills need to be re—activated before filing claims .For reactivation of disallowed Shipping Bills. Shipping Bills of Cancelled Scrips and Rejected Applications. 3 request letter has to be sent after examination of the issue by Regional Office to the EDI Division. DGFT HQ with a copy to NIC DGFT HQ. quoting the File No, Shipping Bill Number, Shipping Bill Date and Shipping Bill Port.


[Trade Notice 30/2018-19]

URL- dgft.gov.in/sites/default/files/Trade%20Notice%2030_0.pdf


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