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Key tax refund scheme for garment exporters prolonged

A Sakthivel, chairman of the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), mentioned the transfer will assist the nation realise the lofty merchandise export goal of $400 billion for FY22. (File picture)

The authorities on Friday notified its choice to increase by over three years the validity of a key tax refund programme for clothes and made-up exporters as much as March 2024 to ease liquidity stream to the vital labour-intensive sector within the aftermath of the pandemic.

Extant refund charges underneath the Rebate of State and Central Taxes & Levies (RoSCTL) scheme might be retained for some extra time. At current, garment exporters get scrips as much as about 6% of the freight-on-board worth of the merchandise and made-up exporters are entitled to a most of 8.2%. The notification ends uncertainties over the continuation of tax refunds and can prop up garment exports which have misplaced tempo of late.

A mechanism for reviewing the charges periodically might be devised by the ministries of finance and textiles, the notification mentioned.

With this, the federal government additionally junked an earlier plan to exchange the RoSCTL with the Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP), which is predicted to be operationalised quickly.

However, exporters of the textiles merchandise that aren’t lined underneath the RoSCTL scheme will get the RoDTEP advantages, together with these of different items. The Cabinet had permitted the extension of the RoSCTL scheme on July 14.

The scrips are to reimburse the exporters for varied embedded taxes and levies (not subsumed by GST) contained within the exported product to maintain such exports zero-rated, in sync with world finest practices. Exporters can use this scrip to pay fundamental customs responsibility for the import of kit, equipment or some other enter.

A Sakthivel, chairman of the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), mentioned the transfer will assist the nation realise the lofty merchandise export goal of $400 billion for FY22.

“The decision adds to the stability of the export policy of textiles. The scheme will promote start-ups and entrepreneurs to start exporting their products. It will rejuvenate the textiles sector and, in three years, the Indian textile value chain can attain annual exports of $100 billion,” Sakthivel mentioned.

Having shot up sharply in April and May, primarily as a result of a beneficial base, progress within the nation’s clothes exports misplaced tempo in June. Such exports grew simply 25% year-on-year, in opposition to a 48% soar in total merchandise exports. Overall textile and garment exports had recorded a 10% contraction final fiscal, worse than a 7% drop in total items exports.

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