India – Supreme Court holds that DRI officers not empowered to issue SCN when custom officer allows exemption from customs duties at the time of clearance

Recently, the Supreme Court held that officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) are not empowered to issue show cause notices (SCN) when the custom officer (of the Appraisal group) allows exemption from custom duties at the time of clearance. The Court also observed that only an officer that undertakes assessment can re-assess the issue and the term ‘the proper officer’ under section 28(4) of the Customs Act, 1962 (Customs Act) has to be understood as the same officer (designation) that had assessed the goods at the time of clearance. The Court also held that the entrustment of the functions of customs officers to the DRI vide notification issued under section 2(34) of the Customs Act is not proper.

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India: Government issues clarifications to further ease the procedure for filing and sanction of export refunds

Based on representations and to ensure uniformity in the implementation of the refund provisions relating to export of goods and services, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (Board) has issued Circular No. 37/11/2018 – GST dated March 15, 2018 to clarify various aspects relating to processing and sanction of refund claims. Read More »