CA/CWA/CS Certificate specified as documentary evidence for Service Exports from India Scheme (SIES). DGFT amends ANF 3B of the Handbook of Procedures
As per Foreign Trade Policy of India 2015-2020, Service Providers of Notified Services, located in India, shall be rewarded under Service Exports from India Scheme (SEIS). The Scheme aims to encourage and maximize export of notified Services from India.
The Government has introduced the said Scheme w.e.f. 01.04.2015 under the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP), 2015-20 replacing the earlier scheme ‘Served from India Scheme’ under the FTP, 2009-15. Under SEIS, the service providers of notified services are incentivized in the form of Duty Credit Scrips at the rate of 3 or 5% on their net foreign exchange earnings. These SEIS scrips are transferrable and can also be used for payment of a number of Central duties/taxes including the basic customs duty.
The DGFT has amended the ANF 3B of the Handbook of Procedures notified on 28.06.2018 for claiming SEIS benefits under the FTP 2015-20.
Under the existing guidelines, the applicants, along with filing of ANF-3B are required to upload documentary evidence of payments which are approved by RBI as deemed to be received in foreign exchange and deemed to be earned in foreign exchange for services in Appendix 3E.
The clause has been amended to specify that the documentary evidence shall be in the form of a CA/CWA/CS Certificate, which certifies that payments in INR for services rendered as under Appendix 3E have been scrutinized and these payments in INR are approved under RBI guidelines as deemed to be received in foreign exchange and deemed to be earned in foreign exchange.
Also, a proviso has been added to provide that For the service categories, Medical and Dental Services (Provisional CPC 9312), Hospital Services (Provisional CPC 9311) and Hotels and Restaurants (including catering) (Provisional CPC 641-643), invoice wise matching with FIRC/proof of payment will not be required and instead, a consolidated statement of both invoices and FIRCs/proofs of payment may be submitted.