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Approved Exporter System for Self-certification of Origin

Appendix -2F - Procedure - Appendix - Foreign Trade Procedure 2015-2020 (From 5-12-2017 to 31-3-2020) Revised - Appendix -2F - Appendix- 2F 1. Eligibility Criteria 1.1 Manufacturer exporters who are also recognised by DGFT as Status holders (One Star Export House/ Two Star Export House/ Three Star Export House/ Four Star Export House/ Five Star Export House) shall be eligible for the scheme. 1.2 The scheme for self-certification will be restricted to the products that are manufactured by the exp .....

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ved Exporter in the form given in Annex-A. The application shall be accompanied by documents in support of the details furnished. The application process shall be made on-line in the future. 2.2 All interested exporters will nominate at least one person who is a regular employee for certifying the certificates of origin. The applications for expression of interest shall close within a period of 30 days from the notification of the Scheme by the office of the DGFT. 2.3 On closure of receipt of ap .....

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cognition as Approved Exporters will be hosted on the DGFT website. Such details will, inter alia, consist of the name, address and IEC number of the Approved Exporter along with the products for which he has been authorised to self-certify and the name, specimen signature and seal impression of the authorised signatory. 2.6 DGFT may also provide unique identification numbers to all Approved Exporters apart from the IEC numbers. 2.7 The recognition shall be co-terminus with the validity of the S .....

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ing modules: (i) A recognition module where interested exporters can file their application for recognition as Approved Exporters; (ii) A database module which will contain the particulars of the Approved Exporter as in paragraphs 2.5 and 2.6 above; (iii) An application module where Approved Exporters will fill in details and take print-outs for each CoO to be self-certified. 3.2 Facility for digital signatures may also be built into the system. 3.3 The web portal shall also have a facility for .....

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o be implemented and disseminate information on on-line verification of specimen signatures and certificates. 4. Certification Procedures 4.1 An Approved Exporter shall fill in the details of the consignment for which a CoO is required in the application module of the self-certification portal hosted by DGFT. Mandatory data to be provided will include the HS Code (8-digit) and full description of the product, the FOB value and the origin criterion prescribed under the FTA. 4.2 The Approved Expor .....

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qualifies separately in its own right under the relevant free trade agreement. 4.5 The self-certified CoO shall not contain any erasures or superimpositions. A fresh certificate should be reprinted if any alteration or correction is to be made on the CoO. Unused spaces shall be crossed out to prevent any subsequent addition. 4.6 The certificate of origin shall be valid for the period prescribed in the free trade agreement under which the goods are being exported. 4.7 A copy of each self-certifi .....

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ions for self-certification. 5.2 The EU GSP will recognise self-certification by registered exporters from 1 January 2017. 5.3 Provision for self-certification has already been built into India-EU and the India-EFTA BTIAs. 5.4 The scheme shall be operationalised whenever self-certification system in any of the above agreements is in place. 5.6 RMTR Division shall inform the DGFT the date from which to operationalise the scheme upon which DGFT will issue the relevant notification. 6. Post-Audit a .....

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cted for specific approved exporters or for specific consignments and will be done in accordance with the conditions and time periods prescribed under the FTA in question. 7. Penalty 7.1 If a post-audit or verification audit reveals that an Approved Exporter has not complied with the procedures laid down for self-certification, it shall be given an opportunity to comply with the requirements. A second audit shall be conducted after a reasonable time. The Approved Exporter status shall be suspend .....

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which has resulted in a wrong certification of origin, then the following penalties will be attracted: (I) First offence: Suspension of Approved Exporter status for three months. (II) Second offence: Suspension of Approved Exporter status for six months and financial penalty of upto 5 times the value of the goods involved. (III) Subsequent offence: Cancellation of Approved Exporter status and financial penalty of upto 5 times the value of the goods involved. 7.4 The power to impose the above pen .....

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award of action/penalty. DGFT will adjudicate the matter and will pass its verdict within three months of the receipt of the appeal. 7.7 Any further appeal will lie with the High Court. 7.8 Any action of suspension or cancellation of the Approved Exporter status shall be communicated to RMTR Division. RMTR Division will inform all FTA partners of such action. 8. Miscellaneous 8.1 After the initial recognition of Approved Exporters has been completed, other interested eligible exporters may appl .....

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be reviewed after one year of its operation to consider if it can be extended to other category of exporters. Annexure-A Application form for recognition as an Approved Exporter 1. IEC Details (i) IEC Number (ii) Date of issue (iii) Issuing Authority 2. Status House Details (i) One Star Export House/ Two Star Export House/ Three Star Export House/ Four Star Export House/ Five Star Export House (ii) Certificate number (iii) Date of Issue (iv) Issuing Authority (v) Valid upto 3. Products to be ex .....

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