Overview of India UAE CEPA Certificate
On 18th February 2022, the Government of India and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. This agreement finally came into force on 1st May 2022. This India UAE CEPA aims to boost bilateral trade between the two countries. The essential products that will benefit are oil and gas, petrochemicals, minerals, textiles, agriculture, jewellery and gems, metals and more. This agreement facilitates mutual recognition of professional degrees in different sectors such as engineering, architecture, medical, nursing, company secretary and accountancy, allowing more effortless mobility of services professionals across the border of these two countries.
Products of plastics, gold and copper constitute a significant proportion of India's imports from the UAE and here is the list of total products that constitute imports from the UAE:
The CEPA enables traders from India and UAE to avail of preferential treatments and customs benefits related to the importation of various goods. The Department of Commerce, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs of India and the Ministry of Economy in UAE are responsible for the grant of the India UAE CEPA Certificate as a Certificate of origin for preferential treatment. The tariff commitments of India for trade in goods cover a total of 11908 items, and the UAE cover a total of 7581 items.
Benefits of India UAE CEPA Certificate
Following are the benefits that one can have while holding the India UAE CEPA Certificate under the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between India and UAE:
- Wholly obtained goods
- Change in harmonised system chapter
- Change in headings and sub-headings
- Value-added criteria for products
- Sharing of detailed product information with authorities to comply with the preferential treatment
Eligible Products for India UAE CEPA Certificate
The product is deemed to be originating in a contracting country and is eligible for preferential treatment if it falls under the followings:
- Wholly obtained or produced product (in the territory of the contracting country) such as:
- The plant grew and harvested in such country.
- Live animals were born and raised there.
- Products are obtained from live animals there.
- Mineral products and natural resources are extracted or taken from such country's soil, waters, seabed or beneath the seabed.
- The products are obtained from hunting, trapping, fishing or aquaculture conducted in that country.
- Product of sea fishing and other marine products taken from outside the territorial water of such country by a vessel or produced by a factory ship registered, recorded or licensed with a country and flying its flag.
- Products other than products of sea fishing and other marine products taken or extracted from seabed or subsoil of the continental shelf or exclusive economic zone of any of the countries.
- Waste or scrap resulting from the consumption or manufacturing operations conducted in the territory of such country, fit for disposal or recovery of raw materials.
- Product produced in the territory of the such country exclusively from the products as mentioned above.
- Has undergone sufficient working or production according to the Product Specific Rules.
Documents Required for India UAE CEPA Certificate
Following is the list of required information and documents for the India UAE CEPA Certificate:
Procedure for Getting India UAE CEPA Certificate
Following are the required steps to be followed while applying for India UAE CEPA Certificate:
An applicant has to apply for this trade agreement certificate at DGFT or any other competent authority by making an appropriate application.
Applicant must provide valid information and attach all the required documents with the application to prove the origin.
- Fees Payment:
The applicant has to make payment of the requisite fees after the successful submission of the application.
The issuing authority, through a risk management system, selectively conducts pre-export verification of the information provided by the applicant. It may include conducting factory visits.
Once all the steps mentioned earlier are completed, the competent issuing authority issues the India UAE CEPA Certificate in the applicant's name.
The Certificate must be in the English language and as per the trade agreement between India and UAE and must contain the HS Code, description and quantity of products, name of the consignee, mane of the exporter, producer or manufacturer, country of origin, etc. the Certificate must include beer signature and official seal of the competent authority, and along with this it must have a unique, sequential serial number separate for each office of issuance and affixed by the issuing authority in exporting country. Such a Certificate is valid for one import and must include one or more products. It must also bear a Quick Response (QR) code for electronic verification.
The list of authorised government agencies that are allowed to grant India UAE CEPA Certificate is as follows: