Bikky Khosla | 23 Aug, 2021
The long wait is finally over. The Centre last week notified
rates under the RoDTEP (Refund of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products)
scheme, under which exporters are provided with refunds on taxes and levies
borne on exported products. This scheme was approved last year to replace the
Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS), and now the much-delayed
announcement of the rates is,
no doubt, a big relief to the sector.
The rates under RoDTEP scheme for different sectors are 0.5
percent, 2.5 percent and 4 percent. These rates will apply to 8,555 tariff
lines. The Ministry of Finance in consultation with the Department of Commerce
will decide the overall outlay for the scheme. Benefits under the scheme will
be available to eligible exporters at a notified rate as a percentage of
Freight On Board value. For certain export items, a fixed quantum of rebate
amount per unit may also be notified.
RoDTEP scheme is based on the principle that taxes and
duties should not be exported, and taxes and levies borne on the exported
products should be either exempted or remitted to exporters. These rates are WTO
compatible and no doubt, this scheme will benefit our exporters. It is
important, however, that the rates are quickly uploaded in the system. An
exporters’ body also pleaded for coverage of various sectors such as Pharma,
Organic & Inorganic chemicals, Article of Iron & Steel and Iron &
Steel under RoDTEP immediately with effect from January 1, 2021.
Meanwhile, in another important development, the Commerce
Minister met Export Promotion Councils (EPCs), Commodity Boards and Authorities
and other stakeholders in Mumbai to discuss measures to increase exports. The
minister exhorted them to take immediate and effective steps to rise to the
challenge of achieving the merchandise export target of $400 billion for
2021-22 and $2 trillion exports by 2030. These targets are difficult but
I invite your opinions.