(Foreign Trade Handbook Of Procedures 2015-2020)

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Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS)

3.01 Merchandise Exports From India Scheme (MEIS)

(a) Policy for Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) is given in Chapter 3 of FTP.

(b) An application for claiming rewards under MEIS on exports (other than Export of goods through courier or foreign post offices using e- Commerce), shall be filed online, using digital signature, on DGFT website at http://dgft.gov.in with RA concerned in ANF 3A. The relevant shipping bills and e BRC shall be linked with the on line application.

(c) If application is filed for exports made through EDI ports, then the RAs shall not ask for any physical documents except under the provisions of para 3.01 (h) below and therefore hard copy of the following documents need not be submitted to RA: hard copy of applications to DGFT, EDI shipping bills, electronic Bank Realisation Certificate (e-BRC) and RCMC. The applicant shall submit the proof of landing in the manner prescribed under paragraph 3.03 of HBP.

(d) In case application is filed for exports made through non EDI ports, then applicant need to submit export promotion copy of non EDI shipping bills. The applicant shall submit the proof of landing in the manner prescribed under paragraph 3.03 of HBP. The applicant shall upload scanned copies of any other prescribed documents for claiming scrip unless specified otherwise. However applicant
need not submit hard copy of applications to DGFT, electronic Bank Realisation Certificate (e-BRC) and RCMC in this case also.

(e) Applicant shall file separate application for each port of export in case of Non EDI Shipping bills. In case of EDI shipping bills, the applicant can file a single application containing shipping bills of different EDI ports. Accordingly shipments from different EDI ports will not require separate applications

(f) Processing of Non EDI Shipping bills at RA: In cases the Non EDI shipping bills or the shipping bills not received through the Message Exchange from Customs, concerned RA shall verify the details entered by the exporter from the original shipping bills before grant of scrip.

(g) No manual feeding allowed for EDI shipments: For EDI Shipping Bill, no manual feeding of Shipping bill details shall be allowed to the applicants in the online system. Rewards will be granted by RAs without the need for cross verifying EDI Shipping Bill details.

(h) RA shall process the electronically acknowledged files and scrip shall be issued after due scrutiny of electronic documents. After scrutiny, if the officer has reasonable suspicion of wrong classification/ mis-declaration in any application, in such cases officer may, after approval of his senior officer/ Head of the Office, seek physical documents for scrutiny. On receipt of such documents, the officer must decide the claim within 7 working days. In cases, where the claim is rejected, a speaking order shall be issued.

(i) The documents which are not required to be submitted in original, shall be retained by the applicant for a period of 3 years from the date of issuance of scrip or as prescribed under FTP para 3.19 (b).

(j) Licensing Authority may call such documents in original at any time within 3 years. In case the applicant fails to submit the original documents on demand by Licensing Authority the applicant shall be liable to refund the rewards granted along with interest at the rate prescribed under Section 28 AA of Customs Act 1962, from the date of issuance of scrip.

(k) Eligibility of product, corresponding ITC[HS] code, and markets (as given in Appendix 3B) for claiming rewards under MEIS shall be determined from Let Export Date as per Paragraph 9.12 of HBP.

3.02 Applications for Export of goods through courier or foreign post offices using e-Commerce

(a) Application shall be filed online, using digital signature, in ANF 3D by exporter. The applicant shall submit the proof of landing in the manner prescribed under paragraph 3.03 of HBP.

(b) Applicant shall file separate application for each port of export.

(c) RA will manually examine the submitted documents before grant of scrip.

3.03 Proof of Landing

(a) Wherever the reward under MEIS is available to all countries, proof of landing shall not be required to be submitted for claiming the reward

(b) Uploading/submission of documents, as a proof of landing:

As a measure of ease of doing business, documents as a proof of landing of export consignment in notified market can be digitally uploaded in the following manner:-

(i) Any exporter may upload the scanned copy of document as mentioned at paragraph 3.03 (c) (i) under his digital signature.

(ii) Status holders falling in the category of Three Star, Four Star or Five Star export house category may upload scanned copies of documents as mentioned at paragraph 3.03(c) (iv).

(iii) In all other cases the physical copy, in original, shall be filed by all categories of exporters.

(c) Applicant shall be required to submit or upload, as the case may be, any one of the following documents as a proof of landing of export consignment in notified Market:

(i) A self attested copy of import bill of entry filed by importer in specified market, or
(ii) Delivery order issued by port authorities, or
(iii) Arrival notice issued by goods carrier, or
(iv) Tracking report from the goods carrier (Shipping Line/Airline etc. or his accredited agent in India) duly certified by them,evidencing arrival of export cargo to destination Market, or

(v) For Land locked notified Market, Rail/Lorry receipts of transportation of goods from Port to Land locked notified Market,
(vi) Any other document that may satisfactorily prove to RA concerned that goods have landed in / reached the
notified Market.

(d) In case of (iv) and (vi) above, the accredited agent of the Goods Carrier must certify that he is the accredited agent of the concerned Goods Carrier on the date of issuance of the tracking report / document.

(e) Further, in the case of issuance of any other document under (vi) above, the accredited agent must state that proof of landing of goods in relevant notified Market is given based on information available in the Goods Carrier’s backup database and he has verified the same and issued this document accordingly.

(f) In cases of exports using e commerce, exporter may submit express operator landing certificate/online web tracking print out indicating airway bill number as prescribed in enclosure (B) to ANF 3D.