Relaxation in applicability of provision in Para 6 (b) of General Notes Regarding Import Policy Schedule – I

Aug 25, 2021 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Finance & Taxation Compliance

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry on August 24, 2021 has issued a notification on relaxation provided in the applicability of paragraph 6 (b) of the General Notes Regarding Import Policy Schedule-I, which specifies Import of Genetically Modified Food, Feed, Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) and Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). 

After Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying sought permission/approval of MOEF&CC for allowing import of 12 Lakh MT crushed and de-oiled GM soya cake (Non-living organism) up to October 31, 2021.

In Revert the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has clarified that, "Since soya de-oiled and crushed (DOC) cake does not contain any living modified organism, this Ministry has no concerns and no objection for import of soya cakes from environmental angle.

The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying allows the import on two ports namely: Nhava Sheva (sea port) and Petrapole border (land port).

The Central Government hereby relaxes the provision in Para 6 of General Notes Regarding Import Policy, Schedule – I (Imports) of the ITC(HS), 2017 and will not apply to the import of 12 Lakh Metric ton of crushed and de-oiled GM soya cake (only Non-living organism) under ITC HS codes 23040020 and 23040030 till October 31, 2021 or until further orders, whichever is earlier, only from Nhava Sheva (INNSA1) port and LCS Petrapole (INPTPB).

[Notification No. 20/2015-2020] [Gazette ID- 229199]



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