DGFT clarifies on retrospective issuance of Certificates of Origin under India’s Trade Agreements

Apr 07, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Finance & Taxation Compliance

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on April 06, 2020, has clarified on retrospective issuance of Certificates of Origin under India’s Trade Agreements.

DGFT received query on the application of Trade Notice 59 dated March 28, 2020, to the applications on the digital platform. Therefore, it is informed that all such applications would be processed by the authorized agencies of India and the digitally signed copies transmitted to the applicants. Further, the physical copies of the certificate will be issue, once the offices of the agencies open.

It is also instructed that authorized Indian agencies will levy uniform fee of Rs. 600 while issuing the certificates of origin, irrespective of whether they are retrospective or not.

In the context of the certificates issued on a digital platform, it is requested to the importing countries to accept digitally signed certificates or physical certificate of origin unsigned by the competent authority and clear these consignments provisionally at preferential duty subject to any other conditions like an undertaking or a bond. DGFT assures that they will also follow the same procedure until the exceptional circumstances on account of the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

[Trade Notice No. 62/2019-2020]


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