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DGFT advises not to Mis-declare Imported Goods under ‘Others’ Category [Read Circular]

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The Directorate General of Foreign Trade ( DGFT ) has clarified that, members of the trade and industry while filing Bill of Entry (BoE) with the Customs Authorities need to be careful while mentioning HS Codes in the BoE, in case of imports and Shipping Bills in case of exports.

India maintains 8 digits Harmonised Codes under Indian Trade Classification (Harmonised System), 2017. It has been observed that many importers while filing Bill of Entry with the Customs Authorities are not doing due diligence in mentioning the correct HS codes at 8 digit level. Even though, specific HS codes may be available for the imported items under ITC (HS), 2017, Schedule — I (Import Policy), importers tend to casually adopt the ‘others’ category, which is essentially a residual category of the relevant products. This creates avoidable errors in India’s import data.

The DGFT advised to be careful while mentioning HS Codes in the Bill of Entry, in case of imports and Shipping Bills in case of exports, and indicate the specific HS codes of items at 8 digits where they exist, instead of using the ‘Others’ category in a loose and inaccurate manner. Any wilful mis-declaration of HS Codes will be duly dealt with under Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act, 1992.

Any wilful mis-declaration of HS Codes will be duly dealt with under Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act, 1992.

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