Overview of Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) Scheme
The RoDTEP Scheme is a new scheme, and it is applicable from 1st January 2021 by replacing the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS). It ensures that the exporters receive refunds on the embedded taxes and duties previously non-recoverable. This Scheme was introduced with the intention to boost the exports as it was relatively inferior in volume previously.
A dispute panel in the WTO gave a ruling against India that the export subsidiary programmes provided by the Indian Government violated the provisions of the trade body' norms when the US lodged a complaint against India's MEIS schemes in WTO. The panel also recommended that such export subsidiary programmes should be withdrawn. This ultimately gave birth to the Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) Scheme to ensure that the Indian Government is complying with the WTO recommendation.
Under this Scheme, all sectors are covered to ensure uniformity across all areas. The refund issued is in the form of transferable electronic scrips, and these duty credits are maintained and tracked through an electronic ledger.
The Government has established a Committee in the Department of Revenue (DoR) to the determination of ceiling rates under this Scheme. The Scheme seeks to refund the following currently unrefunded:
This Scheme leads to the cost competitiveness of exported products in international markets and better employment opportunities in export-oriented manufacturing industries.
Some of the export subsidy programmes recommended to be withdrawn are as follows:
This Scheme aims to refund all the hidden taxes and levies, such as the followings:
This Scheme ensures that the exporter only exports goods and services, not any kind of taxes, and this Scheme covers all indirect taxes that are not reimbursed in any existing scheme.
Benefits of the RoDTEP Scheme
Benefits provided under the RoDTEP Scheme to the exporter are as follows:
- Timely adoption of industry standards
Indian exporters are now able to meet international standards for exports. It helps increase the country's economy and the working capital of the businesses.
- New working group on standards
Ministry of Finance has established/constituted a working group on standards that lays down the roadmap for standard adoption, enforcement and timelines. It provides support to exporters in case of non-tariff barriers such as slow testing and export clearance process.
- Affordable testing and certification
- Exporters are now able to avail of affordable testing and certification to get affordable Indian certifications rather than relying on any international organisation. The testing and certification services have developed in public and private partnership mode to assist exporters of India in getting access to an internationally recognised test.
- Quicker GST Returns
The tax assessment will get fully automatic for Indian exporters, and businesses will access their refund through an automatic refund route.
- Less turns around time at airports and ports.
The Ministry of Finance has minimised the clearance time at airports and ports to decrease delays in exports. Exporters are now able to monitor real-time clearance status through a digital platform.
- Financial benefits
Exporters are set to enjoy lower rates of interest on capital loans and other financial benefits such as higher insurance cover and financial incentives on exports.
Eligibility for Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) Scheme
The eligibility criteria for obtaining the benefit of the RoDTEP Scheme are as follows:
The following are illegible categories or suppliers for this RoDTEP Scheme:
Documents Required for Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) Scheme
Documents required to apply for RoDTEP Scheme are as follows:
Procedure for Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) Scheme
Following are the steps to be followed:
Frequently Asked Questions
- To boost all export schemes for enhancing exports to international markets.
- To make Indian exports cost more competitive and to create a level playing field for all Indian Exporters in the International market.
- To give a push to employment generation in various sectors.
- To boost dwindling outward shipments.