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Import Licensing

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Import Licensing

Question: What are ITC(HS) Codes?

ITC(HS) Code known as Indian Trade Classification (Harmonized  System) Code was adopted in India for import – export operations. Indian Customs uses an Eight Digit ITC(HS) Codes to suit the national trade requirement. 



Question: How do I find HS Code for my product?

If you want to know the HS Code, Click on ‘ITC HS Based Policy’ on the  website of DGFT. A new window will open as ITC(HS) Query Form. You may insert the name of the product in the description option to know the HS Code of your product. Similarly, if you want to know the product and are already aware of the HS Code, enter the ITC(HS) Code (e.g. 610110) option to know the product.

Question: What is a ‘Restricted Item?

All goods, import of which is permitted only with an Authorisation / Permission / License or in accordance with the procedure prescribed in a notification / public notice are ‘Restricted’ goods.



Question: are the ‘Restricted’ item listed?

The list of ‘Restricted’ items is available in the ITC(HS) Classification of Export and Import items and the same can be viewed under the Download section in DGFT website at



Question: What is the procedure for import of a ‘Restricted’ item?

For the items mentioned as ‘Restricted’ for imports in Schedule 1 of ITC (HS)Classification of Export & Import 2012, an application for grant of an Import Authorisation may be made to the concerned Regional Authority of DGFT in Aayaat Niryaat Form 2B(ANF 2B) along with documents prescribed therein, with two copy of the complete sets to DGFT(Hqrs) at Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi. The requests for such imports are considered by Inter Ministerial Committee meeting.



Question: Is there any Fees for the processing of the form?

The scale of fee, mode of payment, procedure for refund of fee and categories of persons exempted from payment of fee can be viewed in Appendix-21B of Handbook of Procedures, Vol.-I. This can be downloaded / viewed on DGFT website in the download section. The minimum fee is Rs.200/- and the maximum is Rs.1,00,000, if paid manually (Rs.50,000 if paid electronically).



Question: What is procedure for Export and Import of samples?

No Authorisation shall be required for Import of bona fide technical and trade samples of items restricted in ITC (HS) except vegetable seeds, bees and new drugs. Samples of tea not exceeding Rs.2000 (CIF) in one consignment shall be allowed without an Authorisation by any person connected with Tea industry (value limits).



Question: What is the procedure for import of items which are governed through State Trading Enterprises (STE(s))?

Any goods, import of which is governed through or granted to State Trading Enterprises (STE(s)), may be imported by STE(s) as per conditions specified in ITC (HS). DGFT may, however, grant an Authorisation to any other person to import or export any of these goods under para 2.11 of the Foreign Trade Policy. 



Question: What is the validity of an import authorisation?

Validity of an import Authorisation shall be 18 months from the date of issue of an Authorisation. RA concerned may revalidate import Authorisation on merits, for six months from date of expiry of validity. 



Question: Does an import authorisation expire on the day of expiry?

Where an Authorisation expires during the month, such authorisation shall be  deemed to be valid until last day of concerned month. 



Question: Is Import through courier allowed?

Import through a registered courier service is permitted as per Notification issued by Department of Revenue. However, importability of such item shall be regulated in accordance with FTP.



Question: What is the procedure for import under Government to Government agreement?

Import of goods under Government to Government agreement may be allowed without an Authorisation or CCP on production of necessary evidence to satisfaction of Custom Authorities.



Question: What is the procedure for transfer of imported goods?

Freely importable goods can be transferred by sale or otherwise by importer  freely. Transfer of imported goods, which are subject to Actual User condition and have become surplus to the needs of Actual user, shall be made only with prior permission of DGFT (Hqrs). For Details relevant para 2.43 of Handbook of Procedures may be seen.



Question: What is the procedure for import of Prototypes?

Import of new / second hand prototypes / second hand samples may be allowed on payment of duty without an Authorisation to an Actual User (Industrial) engaged in production of or having industrial licence / letter of intent for research in item for which prototype is sought for product development or research, as the case may, upon a self – declaration to that effect, to satisfaction of customs authority.


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