Preferential arrangement / schemes under which India is receiving tariff references for its exports are Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), Global System Of Trade Preferences (GSTP), SAARC Preferential Trading Agreement (SAPTA), Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), India–Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISLFTA) and Indo-Thailand Free Trade Agreement. These arrangements / agreements prescribe Rules of Origin which have to be met for exports to be eligible for tariff preference.
Authorized agencies shall provide services relating to issue of CoO, including details regarding rules of origin, list of items covered by an agreement, extent of tariff preference, verification and certification of eligibility. Export Inspection Council (EIC)is agency authorized to print blank certificates. Authorised agencies may charge a fee, as approved by DoC, for services rendered.
1. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)
GSP is a non-contractual instrument by which industrialized (developed) countries unilaterally and based on non-reciprocity extend tariff concessions to developing countries. Following countries extend tariff preferences under their GSP Scheme
GSP schemes of these countries detail sectors / products and tariff lines under which benefits are available, including conditions and procedures governing benefits. These schemes are renewed and modified from time to time. Normally Customs of GSP offering countries require information in Form ‘A’ (prescribed for GSP Rules Of Origin) duly filled by exporters of beneficiary countries and certified by authorized agencies. List of agencies authorized to issue GSP CoO is given in Appendix-4A.
2. Global System of Trade Preference (GSTP)
Under agreement establishing GSTP, tariff concessions are exchanged among developing countries, who have signed agreement. Presently, 46 countries are members of GSTP and India has exchanged tariff concessions with 12 countries on a limited number of products. EIC is sole agency authorized to issue CoO under GSTP
3. SAARC Preferential Trading Agreement (SAPTA)
SAPTA was signed by seven SAARC members namely India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives in 1993 and came into operation in 1995. Four rounds of trade negotiations have been completed and more than 3000 tariff lines are under tariff concessions among SAARC countries. List of agencies, authorized to issue CoO under SAPTA are notified under Appendix – 4B.
4. Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)
APTA is a preferential trading arrangement designed to liberalise and expand trade in goods progressively in Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) region through liberalization of tariff and non- tariff barriers. At present, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, South Korea, India and China are exchanging tariff concessions under APTA. Agencies authorized to issue CoO under APTA are listed in Appendix – 4B.
5. India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISLFTA)
Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and Sri Lanka was signed on 20.12.1998 and was operationalised in March, 2000 following notification of required Customs tariff concessions by Government of Sri Lanka and India. EIC is sole agency to issue CoO under ISLFTA
6. India-Afghanistan Preferential Trade Agreement
A Preferential Trade Agreement between Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan and Republic of India was signed on 6.3.2003 and was operationalised with issuance of Customs Notification No 76/2003 dated 13.5.2003. EIC is sole agency to issue CoO under India Afghanistan Preferential Trade Agreement.
7. Indo-Thailand Framework Agreement for Free Trade Area
India and Thailand have signed protocol to implement Early Harvest Scheme under India- Thailand Free Trade Agreement on 01.09.2004.Tariff preferences for imports on items of Early Harvest Scheme would be available only to those products, which satisfy Rules of Origin Criteria, notified by Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, vide notification No.101/2004- Customs dated 31.08.2004. EIC would be sole agency to issue CoO under Early Harvest Scheme of Framework Agreement on India-Thailand Free Trade Agreement.
II. Non Preferential
Government has also nominated certain agencies to issue Non Preferential CoO in accordance with Article II of International Convention Relating to Simplification of Customs formalities, 1923. These CoOs evidence origin of goods and do not bestow any right to preferential tariffs. List of notified agencies is provided in Appendix – 4C. In addition, agencies authorized to issue Preferential CoO as per Para 2.21.1 of HBP v1 are also authorized to issue Non-Preferential CoO.
All exporters who are required to submit CoO (Non Preferential) would have to apply to any of agencies enlisted in Appendix–4C with following documents:
a) Details of quantum / origin of inputs / consumables used in export product.
b) Two copies of invoices.
c) Packing list in duplicate for concerned invoice.
d) Fee not exceeding Rs.100 per certificate as may be prescribed by concerned agency.
The agency would ensure that goods are of Indian origin as per general principles governing rules of origin before granting CoO (non preferential). Certificate would be issued as per Format given in Annexure-II to Appendix–4C. It should be ensured that no correction/re-type is made on certificate. Any agency desirous of enlistment inAppendix–4C may submit their application as per Annexure I to Appendix 4C to the concerned RA.
In case of tea, all exporters who are required to submit CoO (Non-Preferential) shall apply to Tea Board or any Inspection Agency authorized by Tea Board and enlisted in Appendix-4C of HBP v1 with documents listed above.
Certificate of Origin (Non- Preferential)– Issuance by Deccan Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture PuneThe Deccan Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture Pune is authorized to issue Certificate of Origin (Non-Preferential) vide Public Notice No. 67/(RE-2005) 2004-09 New Delhi 16th November, 2005 issued by the Office of Director General of Foreign Trade , Ministry of Commerce Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi
The fee Structure for issue of this Certificate of Origin is given below.
|Issuance of CoO ( 5 Copies of Certificates)|
|For Member||Rs. 90/- + Service Tax 15%|
|For Non Members||Rs. 100/- + Service Tax 15%|
The above fee is collected to meet the various expenses related to issuance of Certificate of Origin, though the maximum free prescribed under FTP is Rs 100 per certificate, the chamber charges the rate indicated above well below the prescribed fees.
DCCIA is authorized by Ministry of Commerce, Government of India to issue Non Preferential Certificate of Origin to exporters. DCCIA is only the second Chamber in entire Pune to have such authorization. We have been providing this service at a nominal charge. Beginners have to execute an indemnity bond in favors of the chamber before they can avail of this service for the first time. Thereafter, preprinted certificate of origin forms can be obtained from DCCIA office at a nominal cost. Exporters can get the certificate of origin and allied documents duly attested and signed by one of the authorized signatories by paying the requisite service charges.
Ms.Bijal Kotadia, General Manager, DCCIA Pune
For further details please contact:Address : Ms.Bijal Kotadia, General manager