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Export booster: Bharat notifies RoDTEP scheme, 8,555 tariff lines covered

In a quest to reach the $400 billion export target, Bharat on Tuesday notified the RoDTEP (Refund of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products) scheme, meant to provide refunds to exporters on taxes and levies borne on exported products.

Exporters of marine, agriculture, leather, gems and jewellery, automobile, plastics, electronics, and machinery products will get the benefits of the scheme, which succeeds the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS). The rebates under it will be considered from effect of January 1, 2021.

The refund rate on 8,555 tariff lines ranges to around 4 per cent of Free on Board (FOB) value.

An amount of Rs 12,454 crore been allocated for the scheme.

“The scheme for zero rating of exports will boost our exports and competitiveness in the global markets. The rates of RoDTEP will cover 8,555 tariff lines,” an official communique said.

“It may be noted that the government is leaving no stone unturned to support domestic industry and make it more competitive in the international markets,” it added.

As per the statement, export-centric industries are being reformed and introduced to better mechanisms so as to increase their competitiveness, boost exports, generate employment, and contribute to the overall economy.

“This will go a long way in achieving our vision of building an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.

“RoDTEP is one such reform, based on the globally accepted principle that taxes and duties should not be exported, and taxes and levies borne on the exported products should be either exempted or remitted to exporters,” it said.

The scheme’s objective is to refund currently un-refunded duties, or levies, at the Central, state and local level, borne on the exported product, including prior stage cumulative indirect taxes on goods and services used in production.

It also has provision for refund of duties or levies borne on distribution of exported products.

“RoDTEP is going to give a boost to Indian exports by providing a level playing field to domestic industry abroad,” the statement said, but clarified that rebate under the scheme shall not be available in respect of duties and taxes already exempted or remitted or credited.

RoDTEP support will also be available to eligible exporters at a notified rate as a percentage of ‘Freight On Board’ (FOB) value.

“Rebate on certain export products will also be subject to value cap per unit of the exported product.”

“Scheme is to be implemented by Customs through a simplified IT System.”

These rebates will be issued in the form of a transferable duty credit or electronic scrip (e-scrip) which will be maintained in an electronic ledger by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).

“The reimbursement of embedded duty in export items was much needed as it will help the exporters to secure more orders from overseas. Given that the world market has almost re-opened to great extent, the engineering goods sector needs full policy support to achieve its target of $107 billion set for FY22,” EEPC India Chairman Mahesh Desai said.

FIEO President A. Sakthivel said the much-awaited rates will help in easing the liquidity of the exporters, ensuring predictability and stability thus helping competitiveness of exports over a long-time horizon.

CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said: “The move of extending the RoDTEP Scheme with effect from 1 January 2021 for different sectors at the different rates of 0.5 per cent, 2.5 per cent and 4 per cent, will allow traders to take advantage of the global tailwinds.”

“Going forward, this scheme will make the Indian exporters more cost-competitive and create a level playing field for them in the international market.”

(The story has been published via a syndicated feed with a modified headline and minor edits to conform to Hindu-Post style-guide.)

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