IT Taskforce
IT Action Plan (Part II - Hardware)


29. Licensing of capacities and production within S-BIT zone or in the S-BIT units will be totally eliminated as has been done in the DTA, but LUT self-declared registration shall apply.

30. For purchase of capital goods by exporters, the initial bonding will be for a period of three years and for lease, a further extension of two years shall be given.

31. The Customs Notification No. 133/94 dated 22-6-94, Para 6, will be amended to remove "such conditions and limitations as may be imposed by him".

32. No GR Waiver permission shall be required for export of samples upto export value of US $ 5000 per consignment and replacements without limit, but subject to post audit.

33. Automatic 'OFFSET' of receivables against the payables will be allowed without the need to seek permission of the Reserve Bank of India.

34. Where the concept of S-BIT units are extended to the formation of S-BIT zones, the designated officers of the Department of Electronics will be the administrative officers responsible for the day-to-day operation of the units, so that multiplicity of agencies involved in import, export and other transactions is avoided.

35. Monopoly in cargo handling will be removed, to begin with, in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore, Chandigarh and Hyderabad by March 1999. Also, consolidation of export cargo will be facilitated.

36. At present, all invoices for more than $ 25,000 have to be submitted through the suppliers' bank. For S-BIT Unit this limit will be raised to US $ one million, per invoice.

37. Requirements of 'country of origin' in LC will be abolished for S-BIT Units.

38. Customs officers at the major ports/landing and exit responsible for clearance of items for S-BIT units will function in shifts round the clock throughout the year without break.

39. There shall be no cooling off period for an S-BIT Unit executing a LUT self-declaration of security and safety of their export consignments with full post-liability for proven damages.

40. IT product manufacturing zones will be accorded priority status and will be free from power cuts and load shedding wherever technically and economically feasible.

41. S-BIT units will be allowed in any of the upper level floors in addition to ground floor as long as fire safety certification is obtained.

42. Escort of goods by Departmental officers at the time of import/export to and from S-BIT will not be required; S-BIT Units will not require separate presence of Customs Officer to receive/open imported consignment or to seal or dispatch export consignments.

43. Recall of manufactured IT products under Rule 173(H) will be allowed without prior permission of the Chief Commissioner and without the need for inspection of goods; similar provisions will apply for recall of goods for repair or re-conditioning.

44. Government will introduce EDI based EDIFACT standard at all customs houses and all the agencies involved in imports and exports like banks, ports, DGFT, etc. will be interlinked.