EXPORT PROMOTION CAPITAL GOODS (EPCG)
An advantageous scheme for procurement of Capital Goods through import as well as domestically
• The EPCG scheme allows import /domestic sourcing of capital goods (including CKD/SKD thereof as well as computer software systems and spares, jigs, fixtures, dies and moulds) at 0% (for certain sectors) & at 3.09% Customs duty for all sectors as against the normal total of 23.895%, thus providing a duty saved value of more than 20% of the import value. This is subject to an Export Obligation (EO) equivalent to 6/8 times of duty saved, to be fulfilled over a period of 6/8 years reckoned from the date of issuance of license. For large projects, SSI etc. there are more relaxed norms of EO. The scheme covers manufacturer exporters with or without supporting manufacturer(s) / vendor(s), merchant exporters tied to supporting manufacturer(s) and Service Providers.
• Actual user conditions: Import of capital goods are subject to Actual User condition till the export obligation is completed.
• Export obligation: The export obligation needs to be fulfilled by the export of goods capable of being manufactured or produced by the use of the capital goods imported under the scheme. In addition upto 50% of the EO can also be fulfilled by any alternate product of the company or even group company. Deemed Exports like supplies to Power Projects, Projects funded by WB/ADB/JBIC etc, EOUs etc. can also be utilized to fulfill the EO
• Domestic Sourcing: A person holding an EPCG license may source the capital goods from a domestic manufacturer instead of importing them. The domestic manufacturer supplying capital goods to EPCG license holders shall be eligible for refund of Excise Duty paid by him. In addition the indigenous supplier can import his own raw material duty free and other benefits which can be discussed.
The scheme is quite beneficial to Manufacturer exporters as they can import their CG at a...