DGFT laid down procedure to be followed for RAs on Extensions in Import Validity period & Export obligation period in AA/DFIA

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The DGFT vide Policy Circular No. 35/2015-20 dated April 23, 2020, extends the import validity period and the export obligation period for existing Advance Authorizations (AAs)/DFIA expiring from February 2020 to July 2020 vide Notification No. 57/2015-20 dated 31.03.2020 and Public Notice No. 67/2015-20 dated 31.03.2020. In this regard, the following procedural formalities may be followed by DGFT RAs and Trade are as under:-

A) Automatic Extension of Import Validity period and EO period by 6 months for AAs under I-IBP Para 4.41(e) and Para 4.42(h) where no revalidation/EO period extension has been granted till date:

In all such cases where the facility of first or second extension in the import validity period or the EO extension period has not been availed by the exporter earlier, the revised or the extended import validity/EO period, as per the relaxations permitted would be updated in the ICEGATE/Customs System automatically based on a defined protocol between the DGFT-NIC/Customs in this regard. Once the bulk updation and transmission of authorizations have been done by NIC Division, NIC would send an RA-wise list of such authorizations to individual RAs with an update script to be run on the local server (available in the Downloads section of the local server). All RAs are required to run this script immediately so that any further extensions/re-validations on the authorizations would take into account this change in the local RA sever also. In case of some individual cases, where the revised updated import validity or EO extension is not available in the ICEGATE, the exporter may approach the DGFT RA with an email/letter request for carrying out an amendment in the AA/DFIA. DGFT RA will accordingly examine the request expeditiously and endorse the extended validity/EO as per the provisions of FTP/HBP and transmit the amendment message electronically to DGFT/ICEGATE server.

B) Extension of Import Validity period and EO period by 6 months for AM under Hill’ Pam 4.41(e) and Pam 4.42(h) where the revalidation/EO period extension has been granted till date:

For those AAs where la or the 2’1 re-validation or EO extension has been granted under the respective paras of 1-113P, automatic transmission of extended dates is not possible due to system architecture issues. In such cases, the exporters shall make an amendment request through email letter to the concerned Regional Authority providing the details of the case RAs. upon receiving such requests from the exporters. shall expeditiously verify the eligibility of the request, and then carry out the amendments for Revalidation / EOP Extension in the local server.

C) Extension of Validity/ED by 6 months for AM under HBP Para 4.41(e) and Para 4.42(h) where authorizations are Physical (non-Ern) in nature:

For such authorizations, the procedure to be adopted would be similar to amendment requests as given in pare (B) above. The authorizations need to be produced physically at the concerned Regional Authority with a request for an extension in EO/re-validation. The concerned RA shall examine the request and endorse the extended validity/E0 based on eligibility as per provisions of FTP/HBP.

D) Same procedure, as given in Para A, B & C shall apply for an extension of validity of the DFIAs for import.

The Complete Circular can be accessed at: https://dgft.gov.in/sites/default/files/P%20Circular%20Scan%20No%2035.pdf

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