Import of oxygen concentrators for personal use exempted till July 31, 2021

By:

The DGFT vide Notification No. 4/2015-2020, April 30, 2021 has issued amendment in Para 2.25 of the Foreign Trade Policy, 2015-20 (“FTP”), that deals with the import of goods, in a following manner:

Existing Para 2.25 of FTP, 2015-2020

Revised Para 2.25 of FTP, 2015-2020

Import of goods, including those purchased from e-commerce portals, through post or courier, where Customs clearance is sought as gifts, is prohibited except for life saving drugs/medicines and Rakhi (but not gifts related to Rakhi).

Explanation:

.Rakhi (but not gifts related to Rakhi) will be covered under Section 25(6) of Customs Act. 1962 that reads ” …..no duly shall be collected if the amount of duty leviable is equal to or less than ₹ 100/-”

2. Import of goods as gifts with payment of full applicable duties is allowed

Import of goods, including those purchased from e-commerce portals, through post or courier, where Customs clearance is sought as gifts, is prohibited except for life saving drugs/medicines/ oxygen concentrators and Rakhi (but not gifts related to Rakhi).

The exemption for oxygen concentrators is allowed only for a period till 31 July 2021 for personal use.

Explanation:

.Rakhi (but not gifts related to Rakhi) will be covered under Section 25(6) of Customs Act. 1962 that reads ” …..no duly shall be collected if the amount of duty leviable is equal to or less than ₹ 100/-”

2. Import of goods as gifts with payment of full applicable duties is allowed

Effect:

This amendment is made to include import of oxygen concentrators for personal use through post, courier or e-commerce portals in the list of exempted categories, where Customs clearance is sought as “gifts”, till July 31, 2021.

The Notification can be accessed at: https://content.dgft.gov.in/Website/dgftprod/74faa907-f5b2-4079-ac79-39f5cda6f71e/Notification%204%20dt%2030-04-21.pdf