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Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS)


Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)
Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS)

Question: What is MEIS?
One of the schemes for promoting exports is Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) under which export of notified goods/products to notified markets as listed in appendix 3B of HBP (Handbook of procedures) are granted freely transferable duty credit scrips (at specified rates) of realized FOB value in free foreign currency. 
Question: What is the procedure or claiming the MEIS benefit?
Application can be filled online using a digital signature on DGFT website with concerned regional authority in ANF 3 (A). The relevant SB & eBRC is linked with the online application.
Question: What is the time period for filling MEIS application?
It is twelve months from the LEO date or three months from the date of uploading of the EDI Shipping Bill onto DGFT server by the Customs.
Question: What is the validity of duty credit scripts?
The validity of the duty Credit Script is 24 months from the date of issue.
Question: How the duty credit scrip can be utilized?
On receipt of the script from DGFT, it is required to be registered with the customs. Exporters can import goods by utilizing the scrip for payment of Custom Duty or transfer the same to any person at a premium. 
Question: What is SEIS?
Service Exports from India Scheme (SEIS) is for promoting  services exports. Under the scheme notified services at appendix 3D of HBP (Handbook of procedures) are eligible for freely transferable duty credit scrips at 5% of net foreign exchange earned. 
Question: What is the procedure for claiming SEIS and what is the last date for applying?
Application for grant of the benefit is made online in ANF–3B to the DGFT for eligible services rendered in a Financial Year, using a digital signature. The last date for applying for SEIS benefits is Twelve months from the end of relevant FY of the claim period.
Question: What is the criterion for eligibility for duty credit scrip?
Service provider of notified services should have minimum net foreign exchange earnings of USD 15,000 in preceding financial year. The criterion for individual service provider is USD 10,000 in preceding financial year. 
Question: Can these scripts be utilized for payment of GST and whether transfer of these scrips is taxable?
The Scrip is not allowed for payment of GST.  Exemption from payment of GST is applicable on transfer of these scrips.
Question: What is Status Holder Scheme?
Upon achieving prescribed export performance, status recognition as One Star Export House , Two Star Export House, Three Star Export House, Four Star Export House and Five Star Export House is accorded to the eligible applicants as per their export performance, Such status holders are eligible for various non-fiscal privileges as prescribed in the FTP 2015-20.
Question: What is MAI Scheme?
Under the Scheme, financial assistance is provided for export promotion activities on focus country, focus product basis to EPCs, Industry & Trade Associations, etc.
Question: What is Town of export Excellence (TEE)?
Selected towns producing goods of Rs. 750 crores or more are notified as TEE on potential for growth in exports and provide financial assistance under MAI Scheme to recognized Associations.

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