Customs Duties (Import Duty and Export Tax)
Customs Duty is a type of indirect tax levied on goods imported into India as well as on goods exported from India. Taxable event is import into or export from India. Import of goods means bringing into India of goods from a place outside India. India includes the territorial waters of India which extend upto 12 nautical miles into the sea to the coast of India. Export of goods means taking goods out of India to a place outside India.
In India, the basic law for levy and collection of customs duty is Customs Act, 1962. It provides for levy and collection of duty on imports and exports, import/export procedures, prohibitions on importation and exportation of goods, penalties, offences, etc.
The Constitutional provisions have given to Union the right to legislate and collect duties on imports and exports. The Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) is the apex body for customs matters. Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) is a part of the Department of Revenueunder the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. It deals with the task of formulation of policy concerning levy and collection of customs duties, prevention of smuggling and evasion of duties and all administrative matters relating to customs formations. The Board discharges the various tasks assigned to it, with the help of its field organizations namely the Customs, Customs (preventive) and Central Excise zones, Commissionerate of Customs, Customs (preventive), Central Revenues Control Laboratory and Directorates. It also ensures that taxes on foreign and inland travel are administered as per law and the collection agencies deposit the taxes collected to the public exchequer promptly.
Basics of Customs Duty Type of Customs Duties
Notes – Buyer who is manufacturer, is eligible to avail Cenvat Credit of D and I above.
A buyer, who is service provider, is eligible to avail Cenvat Credit of D above. .
A trader who sells imported goods in India after charging
Vat/sales tax can get refund of Special CVD of 4% i.e. ‘I’ above
|Customs duty on imports and exports||Customs duty is on imports into India and export out of India. Section 12 of Customs Act, often called charging section, provides that duties of customs shall be levied at such rates as may be specified under ‘The Customs Tariff Act, 1975′, or any other law for the time being in force, on goods imported into, or exported from, India.|
|Similarity between excise and customs||There are many common provisions and/or similarities in provisions Central Excise and customs Law. Administration, Settlement Commission and Tribunal are common. Provisions of Tariff, principles of valuation, refund, demands, exemptions, appeals, search, confiscation and appeals are similar.|
|Taxable event in imports||In case of imports, taxable event occurs when goods mix with landmass of India – Kiran Spinning Mills v. CC1999(113) ELT 753 = AIR 2000 SC 3448 (SC 3 member bench).In case of warehoused goods, the goods continue to be in customs bond. Hence, ‘import’ takes place only when goods are cleared from the warehouse – confirmed in UOI v. Apar P Ltd. 112 ELT 3 = 1999(6) SCC 118 = AIR 1999 SC 2515 (SC 3 member bench).- followed in Kiran Spinning Mills v. CC 1999(113) ELT 753 = AIR 2000 SC 3448 (SC 3 member bench).|
|Taxable event in exports||In case of exports, taxable event occurs when goods cross territorial waters of India – UOI v. Rajindra Dyeing and Printing Mills (2005) 10 SCC 187 = 180 ELT 433 (SC)|
|Territorial waters and exclusive economic zone||Territorial waters of India extend upto 12 nautical miles inside sea from baseline on coast of India and include any bay, gulf, harbour, creek or tidal river. (1 nautical mile = 1.1515 miles = 1.853 Kms). Sovereignty of India extends to the territorial waters and to the seabed and subsoil underlying and the air space over the waters.‘Exclusive economic zone‘ extends to 200 nautical miles from the base-line. Area beyond that is ‘high seas’.|
|Indian Customs Waters||Indian Customs waters extend upto 12 nautical miles beyond territorial waters. Powers of customs officers extend upto 12 nautical miles beyond territorial waters.|
|Basic customs duty|| |
Basic customs duty levied u/s 12 of Customs Act is generally 10% of non-agricultural goods, w.e.f. 1-3-2007.
|Countervailing Duty (CVD)|| |
|Special CVD||Special CVD is payable @ 4% on imported goods u/s 3(5) of Customs Tariff Act. This is in lieu of Vat/sales tax to provide level playing field to Indian goods. Traders importing goods can get refund. CVD is not payable if goods are covered under MRP valuation provisions/|
|Customs Education Cess||Education cess of customs @ 2% and SAH Education cess of 1% is payable.|
|Total customs duty||Total import duty considering all duties plus education cess on non-agricultural goods is generally 29.44%|
|Other duties||NCCD has been imposed on a few articles. In addition, on certain goods, anti-dumping duty, safeguard duty, protective duty etc. can be imposed. Cess is payable on some goods imported/export|
|Safeguard duty||Safeguard duty can be imposed if large imports are causing serious injury to domestic industry. In addition, product specific safeguard duty on imports from China can be imposed.|
|Anti dumping duty|| |