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Import / Export Restrictions and Prohibitions - CBEC's Customs Manual 2015 - Customs

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..... ohibition under any other law can be enforced under the Customs Act, 1962. For instance, under Sections 3 and 5 of the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992, the Central Government can make provisions for prohibiting, restricting or otherwise regulating the import of export of the goods, which finds reflected in the Foreign Trade Policy, laid down by the DGFT, Department of Commerce. Some of the goods are absolutely prohibited for import and export whereas some goods can be imported or exported against a licence and/or subject to certain restrictions. One example is provided by Notification No.44(RE-2000)1997-2002, dated 24.11.2000 in terms of which all packaged products which are subject to provisions of the Standards of Weights and Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 1997, when produced/packed/sold in domestic market, shall be subject to compliance of all the provisions of the said Rules, when imported into India. Thus, all such packaged commodities imported into India shall carry the name and address of the importer, net quantity in terms of standard unit of weights measures, month and year of packing and maximum retail sale price including other taxes, local o .....

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..... tricted/prohibited under other laws such as Environment Protection Act, Wild Life Act, Arms Act, etc. and these will apply to the penal provisions of the Customs Act, 1962 rendering such goods liable to confiscation under Sections 111(d) - for import - and 113(d) - for export - of the said Act. Thus, for the purpose of the penal provisions of the Customs Act, 1962 it is relevant to appreciate the provisions of these allied legislations. 4. Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 and Food Safety and Standards Authority Act, 2006: 4.1 As per the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 (PFA), any product not fulfilling the statutory provisions is not allowed to be imported into the country. Likewise, there are several rules, regulations, orders, notifications, etc. issued by the Government, laying down procedures as to how the imports of above products are to be dealt with. Further, the Food Safety and Standards Authority Act, 2006 (FSSA) seeks to replace many of the existing legislations including the PFA Act relating to import of edible items. The FSSAI has been established to lay down standards and regulate/monitor the manufacturing, import, processing, distribution and sale of .....

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..... the prescribed standards, the Customs would place the import of the said consignment on alert, discontinue random checking for import of such food items and revert to the procedure of compulsory checking. The system of random sampling for import of such food items would be restored only if the test results of the samples drawn from the 5 consecutive consignments re-establish that the food items are in conformity with the prescribed standards. 4.3 The 'general checks' include checking the condition of the hold in which the products were transported to see whether they meet the requirements of storage, as per the nature of the product, and does not in any way cause deterioration or contamination of the products. Also, physical/ visual appearance in terms of possible damage - whether it is swollen or bulged in appearance; and also for rodent/insect contamination or presence of filth, dirt etc. - should be checked. Finally, it should be checked that the product meets the labelling requirements under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules and the Packaged Commodities Rules. This includes ensuring that the label is written not only in any foreign language, but also in English. .....

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..... ed officers under FSS Act, 2006 are not available, the samples will be drawn by Customs and these may be got tested from the nearest Central Food Laboratory or a laboratory authorized for such testing by DGHS or FSSAI. [Refer Circulars No.58/2001-Cus., dated 15-6-2001, No.43/2005-Cus., dated 24-11-2005 and No.3/2011-Cus., dated 6-1-2011] 5. Labeling of the goods imported into India: 5.1 DGFT Notification No.44 (RE-2000)/1997-2002 dated 24-11-2000 provides for labeling of the goods imported into India which are covered by the provisions of Standards of Weights & Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 1977. This Notification mandates that compliance of labeling conditions have to be ensured before the import consignment of such commodities are cleared by Customs for home consumption. 5.2 In order to redress the issue and to remove the difficulties faced by importers on account of space constraints at CFSs/ Port / ICDs and the nature of goods, etc., the Board has allowed the labeling on imported goods in Bonded warehouses subject to certain procedural conditions. It is clarified that the importers should first ascertain that for such marking / labeling facility, space, is availabl .....

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..... a ports or airports located at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, where the Animal Quarantine and Certification Services Stations are located. In addition, import of perishable fish items, exclusively meant for human consumption but excluding seed material for breeding or rearing purposes, is allowed at Petrapole, District North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, through land route. On arrival at the port/seaport, the livestock product is required to be inspected by the officer in-charge of the Animal Quarantine and Certification Services Station or any other veterinary officer duly authorized by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying. After inspection and testing, wherever required, quarantine clearance is accorded by the concerned quarantine or veterinary authority for the entry of the livestock product into India. If required in public interest, the quarantine or veterinary authority may also order the destruction of the livestock product or its return to the country of origin. The Customs will have to ensure that the livestock products are granted clearance for home consumption only after necessary permission is granted by the quarantine or veterinary authorities. 6.3 Wherever .....

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..... ired to be filed in the case of import of plant and plant materials through passenger baggage and post parcels. (ii) Sampling/inspection/fumigation of consignments: The importer or his agent is required to arrange for inspection/sampling of the consignment. In the event of live insect infestation having been noticed, the importer or his agent shall arrange for fumigation of consignment by an approved pest control operator at his own cost under the supervision of the Plant Quarantine officer. (iii) Release/detention of consignments: A release order is issued to Customs, if a consignment on inspection is found to be free from pests. However, in case it is found infested with live pests, the same is permitted clearance only after fumigation and re-inspection. The detention order is issued, if the consignment is imported in contravention of the PQ Regulations, for arranging deportation failing which the same shall be destroyed at the cost of importer under the supervision of the Plant Quarantine Officer, in presence of Customs Officers after giving due notice in advance i.e. for perishable plant material 24-48 hours and 7 days for other plant material. The Customs will ensure that plan .....

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..... and the like, as the case may be. 9. Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945: 9.1 In terms of Rule 133 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, no cosmetics shall be imported into India except through the points of entry specified in Rule 43A of the said Rules. Further, under Schedule “D” to the said Rules read with Rule 43, an exemption is provided to certain categories of substances from the restrictions under Chapter III of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 relating to import of drugs and cosmetics. Further, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has clarified that under Schedule “D” to the said Rules, an exemption has been provided for substances not intended for medical use from the provisions of Chapter III of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules made thereunder. The Act provides for separate definition for 'cosmetic' and 'drug' under Sub-Section 3(aaa) and 3(b), respectively. Hence, the phrase 'substances not intended for medical use' would only relate to substances which would otherwise fall under the definition of the term 'drug' under Section 3(b) of the Act, but are being imported no .....

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..... Board, as the case may be, for re-processing waste. Such waste oil/sludge will conform to the definition in Schedule 3 of the Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) Amendment Rules, 1989. 10.3 Import of Hazardous Chemicals permitted is permitted in accordance with the provisions of the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules 1989 (made under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986). Besides other conditions mentioned in the Rules, the importer shall, before 30 days but not later than the date of import, furnish the details specified in Rule 18 to the Authority specified in Schedule 5 of the said Rules. 10.4 Import of products, equipments containing Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) will be subject to Rule 10 of the Ozone Depleting Substances Rules, 2000. In terms of these Rules no person shall import or cause to import any product specified in column (2) of Schedule VII, which was made with or contains Ozone Depleting Substances specified in column (3), unless a license is obtained from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade. 10.5 Import of Genetically Modified Food, Feed, Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) and Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) will be sub .....

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..... i) While drawing the samples, Customs will ensure that majority samples are drawn from consignments originating from countries where there is no legal prohibition on the use of harmful hazardous dyes. (iii) The test report will be valid for a period of 6 months in cases where the textile/ textile articles of the same specification/quality are imported and the importer, supplier and the country of origin are the same. 11. Clearance of imported metal scrap: 11.1 In terms of the relevant provisions of the Foreign Trade Policy, the following procedure is prescribed for clearance of imported metal scrap. (i) Import of any form of metallic waste, scrap will be subject to the condition that it will not contain hazardous, toxic waste, radioactive contaminated waste / scrap containing radioactive material, any type of arms, ammunition, mines, shells, live or used cartridge or any other explosive material in any form either used or otherwise. (ii) Import of metallic waste and scrap of certain categories, listed in para 2.32.2 of Handbook of Procedures (Vol. /), in shredded form shall be permitted through all ports of India subject to the conditions that importer shall furnish the following d .....

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..... ompressed or loose form accompanied by a pre-shipment inspection certificate, examination will be 25% of the containers in respect of manufacturer-importers and 50% in respect of traders, for each import consignment, subject to examination of a minimum of one container. The container selected will be examined 100%. Where EDI with Risk Management Module (RMM) is operational, the percentage of examination will be determined by the RMM. (vi) Imported metal scrap in unshredded, compressed or loose form not accompanied by the prescribed pre-shipment inspection certificate will be subject to 100% examination apart from stringent penal action for violation of provisions of the FTP. The examination may be done in the presence of police authorities, if considered necessary by the Commissioner, at the risk and cost of the importer. (vii) For scrap imported in shredded form examination may be limited to 10% of the consignment subject to examination of minimum one container. The identified container should be examined 100%. (viii) In respect of metal scrap consignments meant for EOUs and SEZ units the existing procedure is relevant subject to 100% examination at the premises of the EOU or the .....

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..... eported to Plant Quarantine Officer / authorities for taking necessary action. It is also clarified that exporters should specifically indicate in the Shipping Bill, the description of packaging material so as to ensure whether any consignment with wooden packaging material warrants mandatory compliance with ISPM-15 standards or not. 12.4 Department of Agriculture and Cooperation has informed that all the agencies authorized to provide ISPM Certification on wood packaging material have been duly accredited by Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage. These agencies issue ISPM-15 certification after providing treatment with Methyl Bromide or Forced Hot Air as per prescribed norms. The list of these accredited agencies is available at www.plantquarantineindia.org. [Refer Circular No.13/2011-Cus., dated 28-2-2011] 12.5 Cases of non-adherence/infringement of prescribed phytosanitary standards have been reported by other Customs administrations especially EU. Ministry of Agriculture has repeatedly expressed concerns over increasing number of such cases and desired remedial action be taken to check export of consignments not meeting required phytosanitary specifications .....

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