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January 4, 2022

CBIC issues clarification on claiming sudden increase in rate of duty on certain imports

by CA Shivam Jaiswal in Circular and Notifications

CBIC issues clarification on claiming sudden increase in rate of duty on certain imports

Effective 01.01.2022, the Customs Tariff has been aligned to the Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HS)-2022 of the World Customs Organisation (WCO). However, certain factually incorrect tweets are doing rounds on social media claiming that the government has suddenly increased the rate of duty on imports against certain commodities.

These claims are completely erroneous.

The CBIC would like to clarify and assure the trade that-

With effect from 01.01.2022, the Customs Tariff has been aligned with the Harmonized System of Nomenclature(HS)- 2022 of the WCO. This has led to amendments in the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 in the form of creation of new Tariff lines or deletion of obsolete entries. But there has been no change in the effective rates of duties as a result of these amendments in the Tariff Schedule.

What has been prescribed in the Customs Tariff are standard rates. Effective rates in many cases are prescribed through notifications of Government of India.

Guidance documents have also been published on the CBIC website in order to help understand changes to the HS codes for commodities.

CBIC can be contacted in case of any grievances or queries in this regard.

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