The government wants to extend all export aid to e-commerce couriers, says CBIC boss

The central government is expected to extend all export benefits, including the duty drawback system and the RoDTEP (Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products) feature, to e-commerce exports made through the courier service, Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) Chairman Vivek Johri said.

He said it will help MSME exporters and shared that another initiative on the customs side is planned for e-commerce, which will greatly help MSME exporters.

“We are looking at how to improve the fully digitized courier portal to enable export benefit payments. We started working on it and thinking about how best to implement it,” said Johri.

According to foreign trade policy, India’s e-commerce export is estimated to reach US$200-300 billion by 2030.

E-commerce exports are orders placed and fulfilled online by customers abroad.

Many companies are increasingly looking at e-commerce exports as an alternative to increase their business. At present, exporting goods by courier does not get export benefits such as RoDTEP, duty drawback and state and central tax and duty reimbursement (RoSCTL), he said.

RoDTEP is based on the globally accepted principle that taxes and duties should not be exported and that taxes and duties levied on the exported products should either be exempted or remitted to exporters.

The system reimburses exporters for central, state and local taxes included in it. Introduced in 2021, the rebate is issued by CBIC as a transferable electronic certificate.

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