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NOTIFICATION
TRANSPORT ASSISTANCE FOR EXPORT OF HORTICULTURE, PROCESSED FOOD PRODUCTS AND POULTRY PRODUCTS
Govt. of India vide its Order No. 1/2/2007-EP(Agri IV) dated May 15 , 2008, has approved the Scheme for the grant of Transport Assistance for Export of identified Horticulture, Processed Food & Poultry Products as contained in Point No. 26 and 28. The benefit will be available for export made with effect from 01/04/2007 to 31/3/2012 The procedure and terms and conditions for claiming transport assistance will be as under and valid for exports shipment during 1st April 2007 up to 31st March 2012.
1).
Exporters should claim transport assistance on shipment basis. One single application should be made for shipments made during one fortnight i.e. 1st to 15th and 16th to end of the calendar month. However, in exceptional cases two applications may be made for one fortnight.
2).
It is mandatory for an applicant to enter the application in the APEDA web site Exporter's Login giving all the information about the shipment as per the prescribed format placed on the web site (See Annexure-II for the application format). The User ID and Password for entering the application shall be the same as already provided by APEDA for online applications.
3).
An Application Tracking Number (ATN) will be generated and an acknowledgement summary of shipment and claim for transport assistance would be produced by the Web Site on completion of successful entry of application. The Exporter should print these documents and attach as the covering sheet of the application (Annexure 2) along with documents as detailed in clause 8 & 30 and submit to the appropriate office. In the summary sheet of shipment and claim for transport assistance, the page numbers are to be filled in by the exporter according to the physical documents attached. The list of appropriate offices is given in Annexure-I.
4).
All claims for shipment made within a fortnight should be bunched together and submitted as a single application and attach the summary of shipment along with declaration and acknowledgement generated online along with them.
5).
The HS Codes for eligible items are provided at the APEDA website. However, if the product that has been exported does not appear in the list of eligible products and exporter feels that the same is eligible, clarification may be sought from APEDA. The online system would not allow the application to be filed.
 
Note : In case of mismatch between APEDA codes and the codes used by the importing countries, APEDA may consider on case to case basis, subject to its sole discretion for determining the relevant code, provided the same product description exists in all documents submitted to APEDA by the exporter.
6).
The applications received shall be considered on first come first served basis, based on the date of physical receipt of the document and subject to availability of funds.
7).
The date of physical receipt of documents along with the application as per Annexure II in the APEDA office will be the date of claim for consideration. The date of actual shipment as per airway bill/bill of lading would be deemed to be the date of shipment. (Flight / Vessel Date is actual Flight Date on Air Way Bill in case of Air & Shipped on Board Date on Bill of Lading in case of Sea.)
 
Non-submission of all the documents as per clause 8 & 29 (FOB shipments) shall result in non-acceptance of claim application by APEDA and shall be rejected.

  Physical Documents Required and Related Requirements
8).
Applications should be accompanied with the following documents duly stamped and signed by the respective authorities :
  1. Custom Certified export promotion copy of the Shipping Bill (EP Copy) in original. To facilitate the exporters to avail of other export benefits APEDA shall accept self-certified copy of the shipping bill along with indemnity bond as per format at Annexure VIII
  2. Custom certified Short Shipment Certificate in original, if any. (However self certified copy can be accepted in case Xerox copy of SB along with Indemnity bond )
  3. Bank / Custom certified copy of the commercial Invoice in original.
  4. Self certified photocopy of the original Airway Bill / Bill of Lading.
  5. Self certified photocopy of the original Freight Forwarder Bill/Receipt.
  6. Certificate of Realization of Foreign Exchange by Bank (BRC) in original in Form No. 1 of Appendix 22 of Handbook of Procedures of Ministry of Commerce & Industry (specimen at Annexure-III). Applicant to obtain Bank Realization Certificate (BRC) evidencing value in equivalent Indian Rupees from the Bank as well as equivalent value in US$. In case the realization is not in US Dollar then a CA certificate certifying the equivalent value in US dollar may be provided.
9).
Alterations in the documents, if any, should be authenticated by Airlines / Shipping Lines / Customs Authorities / Other Authorities as the case may be. Any correction not authenticated by the issuing authority shall be considered as discrepancy.
10).
In case of eligible and non eligible items if exported in the same shipping bill, the onus of proof of eligible items shall lie with the exporters. The exporters will provide a Chartered Accountants certificate in the required proforma as at Annexure VII.
11).
In case of sea shipments, the basic freight and in case of air shipments total freight would be considered for calculation of Transport Assistance.
12).
The items exported along with their respective quantities should be individually mentioned on the invoice and the shipping bills along with HS Code.
13).
The Shipping Bill / Bill of Lading / Airway Bill as well as the Invoice must clearly indicate the description of items, number of their packages / cartons along with the net and gross weight of each item separately.
14).
Flight details / Vessel details, with date must be mentioned on the export promotion copy of the shipping bills as well as the Airway bills / Bill of Lading copies.
15).
The freight invoice must clearly indicate various components like basic freight BAF, CAF etc. otherwise it would be returned with discrepancy note.

 
Other Applicable Conditions :
16).
Transport assistance shall be paid only to the exporter effecting shipments and not to any other party i.e. the exporter whose name appears on the documents as the exporting party.

 
Application Dates and Related Procedures :
17).
Applications will be received by APEDA by following PRESCRIBED DATES:
For all shipments effected from 1st July 2008 onwards, shall be submitted on or before the end of 180 days from the last date of concerned fortnight. (See Annexure-IV). No request whatsoever for extension would be accepted.

 
Penalties on Late Submission and Rejection
18).
In case of delay in submission of applications beyond the above prescribed dates, the following penalties shall be imposed:
 
Period of Delay
Penalty cut in % of Assistance admissible
a)
Applications received after prescribed date but within 30 days from the prescribed date
5 %
b)
Applications received from 31 days to 60 days of the prescribed date.
10 %
c)
Applications received from 61 days to 90 days of the prescribed date.
20 %
d)
Applications received after 90 days of the prescribed date shall not be accepted.
Total Rejection
19).
In case of export oriented units (EOUs) submission TAS claims has been allowed upto 365 days as per the Foreign Trade Policy (Para 6.12, chapter - 6) instead of 180 days. In such cases there would be no relaxation for late submission with penalty as applicable in normal cases. The conditions of first and second re-submissions would be same as provided in the guidelines.
20).
In case of any discrepancy advice has been sent, the re-submission of application shall be done at the same office of APEDA where the application was filed:
  • A maximum of two re-submissions are permissible.
  • First re-submission - 60 days from the date of issue of discrepancy advice.
  • Second re-submission - 30 days from the date of issue of second discrepancy advice.
  • If discrepancies are not rectified within the stipulated time as per b) & c) above then the cases shall be closed automatically by the online software.
 
For every resubmission due to discrepancies found, an additional penalty of 1% on the amount of Assistance pertaining to that submission, shall be levied over and above the penalty for delayed submission.

 
Miscellaneous :
21).
The processing charges as decided by the Govt. would be applicable. Currently the charges are 5% of the total amount paid to exporter by APEDA as Transport Assistance.
22).
In case of any disputes the matters relating to interpretation of any of these clauses will be referred to Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India, whose decision shall be final and binding.
23).
In the event of any false claims being lodged, intending/attempting/succeeding in drawing subsidy without entitlement, APEDA shall refer the case to he Govt. for necessary penal action.
24).
The transport assistance shall be released only after verification of the documents as contained in this letter and after verification of details and relevant documents/as may be required by APEDA. Exporters are advised to refer to the checklist on the website before submitting the documents.
25).
APEDA reserves the right to cross check the facts submitted by exporter, directly with customs, airlines, shipping lines, freight forwarders and any other institution / office as it deems fit.

 
Applicability for Transport Assistance :
26).
The norms for TA calculation are as follows :
 
TA Norms for Exports by Air
For Fresh Cut Flowers/ Bouquets- fresh
Other Eligible Items (except Fresh Cut Flowers)
Least of:
Least of:
» 20% of FOB value
» 10% of FOB value
» 25% of freight
» 25% of freight
» Specific rate (Rs.per kg)
» Specific rate (Rs. per kg)
 
TA Norms for Exports by Sea
For eligible products exported in non-reefer
containers
For eligible products exported in reefer containers
Least of:
Least of:
» 10% of FOB value
» 10% of FOB value
» 25% of freight
» 33% of freight (inclusive of Inland freight in reefer containers) (see note below)
» Specific rate (Rs. per kg)
» Specific rate (Rs. per kg)
  » 50% of ocean freight
 
Note: Inland freight by Reefer container (from factory to port) will be included in the freight norm used
 
for TA calculations subject to the following conditions :
  1. The reefer container is factory stuffed (i.e. inland movement from factory to port is by reefer container truck).
  2. Copies of the excise and customs bonded seal (for inland movement) are included with the TA claim.
  3. The total quantum of TA does not exceed 50% of the ocean freight.
 
The specific per kg. Rate are indicated in the Annexure - V & VI
 
Transport Assistance shall be payable on the basis of net weight for sea shipments and gross weight in case of air shipments.
27).
Eligible Items and Permissible Destinations for Air / Sea Transport Assistance are listed below:
 
Air
 
Eligible Products/ Item
Destinations
Minimum FOB (Rs./kg)
Floriculture
Fresh Cut Flowers/ Bouquets - see Note (1) below
All Destinations except neighbouring countries
70
Live Plants and Bulbs
70
Tissue Culture Plants
1400
Fresh Fruits
Litchis
All Destinations except neighbouring countries
12
Pineapples
15
Other Fresh Fruits (excluding Mangoes and Grapes) with an FOB value of Rs.25/kg and above
25
Mangoes and Grapes
Non-traditional
destinations only
25
Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Vegetables (including organically grown vegetables and mixed vegetables but excluding Nendran Bananas and Fresh Mushrooms) with a min FOB ealization of Rs. 25/kg and above
All Destinations except neighbouring countries
25
Fresh Mushrooms  
30
Banana (Nendran variety) - see Note (3) below
Middle East only
15
Poultry Products
Hatching Eggs (including SPF eggs)
Middle East and Africa
80
Fresh Culinary Herbs - see Note (4) below
All Destinations except neighbouring countries
50
Animal Products
Sheep Casings
All Destinations except neighbouring countries
1000
 
Note :
  1. Fresh cut flowers/ Bouquet of fresh flowers include all types of flowers including roses, gerbera, chrysanthemum, eryngium, hypericium, fragrant indigenous flowers (champa, chameli, mogra etc.), summer flowers, gossipium, lizianthus, carnations, marigold, tubercose, heliconias, anthuriums, lilies, cut foilages, potted plants, decorative floral items/ bouquets etc.
  2. Non-traditional destinations for Mangoes and Grapes are limited to the following: Americas (North and South), Russia and CIS countries, Japan and Australia and New Zealand
  3. Only for Nendran Variety of Bananas from Kerala that are exported from airports in Kerala or Tamil Nadu
  4. Only for culinary herbs exported in fresh form and under APEDA’s list of Scheduled products.
 
By SEA
 
Eligible Products/ Item
Destinations
Minimum FOB (Rs./kg)
Fresh/ Chilled Fruits
Litchis
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries. For Mangoes and Grapes non- traditional markets only
12
Pineapples
15
Banana
15
All Other Fresh/ Chilled Fruits(including mangoes and grapes) with a FOB value of Rs. 25/ Kg and above
25
Fresh/ Chilled Vegetables (including organically grown vegetables and mixed vegetables) with a FOB value of Rs. 25/ Kg and above
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries
25
Processed Vegetables
1.
All Dried and Preserved Vegetables (Acetic Acid/ Vinegar/ Brine) (including Onions in Acetic Acid and Potato Flakes/ Powder but excluding Pulses)
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries
30
2.
Gherkins and Cucumbers (Prepared / preserved)
15
3.
Dehydrated Onion & Garlic (Flakes/Powder)
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries and Europe
50
4.
Pickles/ Chutneys (Of Fruits or of Vegetables or mixture of Fruits and Vegetables)
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries
50
5.
Mushrooms Prepared/ Preserved
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries
50
6.
Ready to Eat/ Cook Curries/ Meals and Snack Foods in Consumer Packs
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries
50
7.
All processed Vegetables in Frozen/ IQF form
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries
50
Processed Fruits
1.
All Processed Fruit Preparations (Excluding squashes, juices and pulps)
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries
40
2.
Fruit Squash
60
3.
Fruit Juices
45
4.
Fruit Pulps in Frozen/ Aseptic Form
50
Poultry Products
Table Eggs
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries
40
Eggs not in Shell (Dried/Cooked)/ Whole Egg Powder
170
Egg Yolk Dried/ Egg Yolk Powder
170
Frozen Poultry Meat and Processed Poultry Products
45
Animal Products
Frozen (Boneless) Buffalo meat
West African Countries only
70
Dairy products
Milk powder (Whole & Skimmed)
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries
100
Cheese (in all forms) including in reefer containers
150
UHT milk
20
Ice-creams (including frozen desserts)
70
Floriculture
Fresh Cut Flowers
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries
70
Dried Flowers
40
Medicinal Plants
Only for Medicinal Plants falling under APEDA’s list of Scheduled products.
All Destinations except
neighbouring countries
40
 
Note :
  1. Non-traditional destinations for Mangoes and Grapes are limited to the following: Americas (North and South), Russia and CIS countries, Japan and Australia and New Zealand.
  2. Fresh cut flowers/ Bouquet of fresh flowers include all types of flowers including roses, gerbera, chrysanthemum, eryngium, hypericium, fragrant indigenous flowers (champa, chameli, mogra etc.), summer flowers, gossipium, lizianthus, carnations, marigold, tubercose, heliconias, anthuriums, lilies, cut foilages, potted plants, decorative items/ exotic flowers, etc.
  3. Only for Medicinal Plants falling under APEDA’s list of Scheduled products.
28).
In the Shipping bill, the quantity endorsed by Customs in the reverse of the shipping bill, if present, will be accepted as the quantity of the shipping bill.
29).
If the Export has been done on FOB Basis with the Transport cost paid on Delivery by the Importer, then the Cost Paid for Transport shall be considered for Transport Assistance Calculations, ONLY on submission of the following documents:
  1. Custom Certified export promotion copy of the Shipping bill (EP copy) in original. (To facilitate the exporters to avail of other export benefits APEDA shall accept self-certified copy of the shipping bill along with indemnity bond as per format at Annexure- VIII)
  2. Custom certified Short Shipment Certificate in original, if any
  3. Bank/custom certified copy of the commercial invoice in original
  4. Self-certified copy of the original airway bill /bill of lading
  5. Certificate of realization of foreign exchange by bank (BRC) in original in form no. 1 of Appendix 22 of Handbook of Procedures of Foreign Trade Policy (Specimen at Annexure III). Applicant to obtain BRC evidencing value in equivalent Indian Rupees from the bank as well as in USD. In case the realization is not in USD then a CA certificate certifying the equivalent value in USD may be provided.
  6. Copy of invoice /bill raised on the importer by the shipping company /agent based in the importing country mentioning the no. of airway bill /bill of lading /container for the freight paid on the said export consignment duly attested/certified by the importer with seal.
  7. Certificate from Importer in the prescribed form as to the amount of freight paid by Importer against the invoice of the shipping company as mentioned above (Annexure-IX).
  8. Indemnity bond (on Rs. 100/- stamp paper duly notarized) from exporter undertaking to indemnify APEDA against any loss suffered on account of claim filed on basis of false information (Annexure- VIII -A)
  9. CA certificate certifying the items exported along with HS code and co- relating it with shipping bill / bill of lading /invoice.
 
Applicability for Sea Transport Assistance :
30).
Eligible Items and Permissible Destinations for Sea Transport Assistance are listed in Point No. 26.
The specific rate per kg of transport assistance by sea for the eligible products shall be as given in Annexure- VI
31).
EThe Freight charges for surface transportation within India, (as well as within the destination country) for the items eligible for transport assistance under this scheme will not be eligible for transport assistance except in case of Transportation by reefer container. Transport Assistance would be provided only on Port-to-Port Destination basis.

 
Miscellaneous :
32).
APEDA will have right to recover from export or beneficiary any payment made in excess of the eligible claim of the exporter or beneficiary.
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