OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS,

C.R.BUILDINGS, QUEEN'S ROAD, BANGALORE – 560 001

 

C.No.VIII/48/202/2010 Cus Tech                                                                              Date: 10-12-2010

 

PUBLIC NOTICE NO.86/2010

 

Sub: Customs – New SVB Branch at Bangalore - reg.

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            Pursuant to the Central Board of Excise & Customs, New Delhi’s approval vide letter F.No.465/13/2010-Cus V dated 21-09-2010, for establishment of a Customs Special Valuation Branch (SVB) at Bangalore to function as an investigation unit with the jurisdiction of Karnataka and Kerala to be made operational from 1st December 2010 onwards, the Chief Commissioner of Customs, Bangalore, has accorded approval vide letter C.No.VIII/48/82/2010 CC Cus (BZ).III dated 09-11-2010 for setting up of new SVB at Air Cargo Complex, Devanahalli, Bangalore.

 

2.         Accordingly, it is brought to the notice of the trade and industry/stakeholders that the new SVB at Bangalore Customs shall operate from the Air Cargo Complex at BIAL, Devanahalli, Bangalore, with effect from 1st December 2010.  The said SVB shall be headed by the Additional Commissioner of Customs, Air Cargo Complex, Bangalore.  The functions of the SVB, its organizational structure, etc., are detailed hereunder for information of the trade and industry.

 

3.         What is Special Valuation Branch?

 

Special Valuation Branch is a Unit of the Customs Commissionerate/ formation, specializing in investigating the transactions involving relationship between the supplier and the importer and certain other special features like Technical Collaboration between the parties, etc. Special Valuation Branch examines the influence of relationship on the invoice value of the imported goods in respect of transactions between related parties. In respect of Technical Collaboration Agreements and Joint Venture Agreements, the terms and conditions of these agreements are examined to arrive at the conclusion, whether the existence of such agreement has influenced the invoice value of the imports.

 

4.         Organizational Structure

Special Valuation Branch will be headed by an Additional Commissioner of Customs and assisted by a Deputy/Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Appraising Officers, Executive Officers and necessary Ministerial Staff.

 

5.         Who should register with SVB?

At present, Rule 3(3)(a) of the Customs Valuation (Determination of Value of Imported Goods) Rules, 2007, and Rule 3(2) of the Customs Valuation (Determination of Value of Export Goods) Rules, 2007, provides that the transaction value shall be accepted if circumstances of sale of imported goods indicate that relationship did not influence the price.  Rule 3(3)(b) requires the Importer to demonstrate the correctness of value.  However, Section 14(1) of the Customs Act, 1962, clearly provides that:

 “the value of imported or export goods shall be the transaction value of such goods, that is to say, the price actually paid or payable for the goods when sold for export to India for delivery at the time and place of importation, or as the case may be, for export from India for delivery at the time and place of exportation, where the buyer and seller of the goods are not related and price is the sole consideration for the sale subject to such other conditions as may be specified in the rules made in this behalf :

Provided that such transaction value in the case of imported goods shall include, in addition to the price as aforesaid, any amount paid or payable for costs and services, including commissions and brokerage, engineering, design work, royalties and licence fees, costs of transportation to the place of importation, insurance, loading, unloading and handling charges to the extent and in the manner specified in the rules made in this behalf:

Provided further that the rules made in this behalf may provide for -

(i)       the circumstances in which the buyer and the seller shall be deemed to be related;

(ii)     the manner of determination of value in respect of goods when there is no sale, or the buyer and the seller are related, or price is not the sole consideration for the sale or in any other case;

(iii)    the manner of acceptance or rejection of value declared by the importer or exporter, as the case may be, where the proper officer has reason to doubt the truth or accuracy of such value, and determination of value for the purposes of this section :

Provided also that such price shall be calculated with reference to the rate of exchange as in force on the date on which a bill of entry is presented under section 46, or a shipping bill of export, as the case may be, is presented under section 50”.

Thus, the fact of “relationship” as defined under Valuation Rules itself would rule out valuation as per transaction value.  Hence, Importers who are related to the supplier in terms of Rule 2(2) of the Customs Valuation (Determination of Value of Imported Goods) Rules, 2007, Rule 2(1) of the Customs Valuation (Determination of Value of Export Goods) Rules, 2007, and those cases which fall under the purview of Section 14(1) of the Customs Act, 1962, are required to register with SVB.  Rule 2(2) of the Customs Valuation (Determination of Value of Imported Goods) Rules, 2007/ Rule 2(1) of the Customs Valuation (Determination of Value of Export Goods) Rules, 2007, reads as follows:-

 

For the purpose of these rules, persons shall be deemed to be "related" only if:-

i) they are officers or directors of one another's businesses;

ii) they are legally recognized partners in business;

iii) they are employer and employee;

iv) any person directly or indirectly owns, controls or holds 5 per cent or more  of the outstanding voting stock or shares of both of them;

v) one of them directly or indirectly controls the other;

vi) both of them are directly or indirectly controlled by a third person;

vii) together they directly or indirectly control a third person;

viii) they are members of the same family.

 

Explanation I - The term "person" also includes legal persons.

Explanation II- Persons who are associated in the business of one another in that one is the sole agent or sole distributor or sole concessionaire, however described, of the other shall be deemed to be related for the purpose of these rules, if they fall within the criteria of this sub-rule”.

 

Apart from the above, those who are having Collaboration Agreement, Technical Assistance Agreement or any other agreement/contract with the foreign supplier are also required to register with SVB.

 

However, 1%EDD shall not be insisted upon in respect of imports/exports made by EOUs/SEZs in terms of EPCES Circular No.50 dated 19-01-2009 issued by the Export Promotion Council for EOUs and SEZs, New Delhi.

 

6.         Procedure for Registration with SVB

 

The procedure for registration/finalization is given in CBEC Circular No.11/2001-Cus dated 23-02-2001. All those importers who are having relationship with the suppliers as mentioned in para 5 above or those who are having Technical Collaboration, etc., shall furnish a declaration about the relationship in the WTO declaration form at the time of filing of Bill of Entry in the Appraising Group.  On examination of the circumstances of sale and the invoice value of identical or similar goods, the group will make a reference to Special Valuation Branch for further investigation of influence of relationship on assessable value.  If the importer is able to furnish evidence of the transaction value of identical or similar goods in respect of sales to unrelated buyers in India at the same price, then there is no need for any reference to Special Valuation Branch and the Bill of Entry will be assessed finally based on those contemporaneous import values. If there are no contemporaneous imports, and there is no way to compare the values at the time of assessment of the Bill of Entry, then a reference is made to Special Valuation Branch. This reference is to be done with the prior approval of the Commissioner of Customs.  If the importer can substantiate with documentary evidence that his invoice price is not influenced because of the relationship, there is no need for any reference to Special Valuation Branch.

 

The Special Valuation Branch at Bangalore, would handle the investigation into valuation of such importers.  No application or representation to the Special Valuation Branch directly by the importers will be considered.  All references shall be made through the Appraising Groups at the time of filing of the Bill of Entry.

 

On receipt of the reference from Appraising Groups, the case is registered in Special Valuation Branch and a PD Circular for provisional assessment is issued. Copies of the same are issued to the importer and to the Appraising Groups as well.  The importer shall indicate the PD Circular Number at the time of provisional assessment of all their imports in the Appraising Group and execute PD Bond with 1% Extra Duty Deposit on the assessable value of the goods.  Along with the PD Circular a questionnaire in “Annexure A” is also issued to be filled up by the importer along with the list of all documents required to be submitted.  The amount of extra duty deposit at present kept at 1% will be continued. The Board has however decided that if the importer does not furnish complete reply to the questionnaire within 30 days of receipt of the 'Questionnaire' by the importer, the extra duty deposit will be increased to 5% till the date of receipt of reply by the Department. The importers falling under the related category may keep ready all the documents along with the replies to the questionnaire, etc., at the time of first import itself, so that the case can be finalized as early as possible in the Special Valuation Branch.

 

7.         Documents required to be submitted to SVB

The importer is required to submit replies to the questionnaire to the CBEC Circular No.11/2001-Cus dated 23-02-2001 and furnish all the documents listed in “Annexure-B” or “Annexure-C” as the case may be, enclosed with this Public Notice.  Replies can be furnished to the same without waiting for the receipt of questionnaire from the department. All the columns in the questionnaire shall be filled up without fail.  Wherever, the reply is 'nil' or where the question is not applicable to the importer, the same shall be specifically stated instead of leaving the column blank. The importer shall also furnish all the documents mentioned in the annexure. If the documents listed in the annexure are not existing or not applicable to the importer, the same shall be specifically stated.  All the pages of the questionnaire shall be signed by the importer or his authorized signatory with name and designation of the person signing them.

 

The Annexure A should be issued by the assessing group, dealing with particular imports, to the importer soon after it is decided to refer the case to a SVB. Any importer to whom the questionnaire is issued should be instructed to furnish the reply to the referring Custom House as well as to the SVB within 30 days of receipt of the questionnaire. The questionnaire should be issued by the Custom House referring the case to the SVB.  Traders who are importing the goods and selling the same in the same condition as they are imported shall furnish the invoice value, landed price, and their selling price in the Indian market.  The difference between the selling price and landed cost shall be properly explained.

 

8.         Finalization of SVB cases

On receipt of replies to questionnaire and other documents, the SVB will examine the same and call for any other additional information that is required. Upon receipt of reply to the questionnaire within the prescribed time limit, the SVB will decide within 7 days whether the importer has replied to the questionnaire substantively. Otherwise, immediate further information not furnished will be sought before taking step for finalization of investigation. After furnishing of all the information, the importer may, if they so desire, appear for personal hearing and explain their case with regard to the acceptance of transaction value or otherwise. Thereafter, an Order-In-Original will be issued by the D.C(SVB) and the same will be intimated to the importer by registered post and copies will be endorsed to all the Appraising Groups. Where provisional assessment is being resorted to the investigation and finalization of the assessment must be completed within four months from the date of reply. If no decision is taken within 4 months, the extra duty deposit should be discontinued and the concerned DC/AC will be held responsible for inexplicable delay in finalization. Once the case is finalized by the Special Valuation Branch, the provisional assessments pending in the Appraising Groups will be finalized and the extra duty deposit paid at the time of provisional assessment will be adjusted in accordance with the SVB order. In all cases of loading, it is mandatory for the importer to quote Order in Original No. of SVB and indicate the percentage of loading at the time of filing of each Bill of Entry by them. If they do not quote the Order No. and the loading factor, it will be construed as misdeclaration on the part of importer and dealt with in accordance with the provisions of Customs Act.

 

9.         Procedure for Renewal

Normally, the order issued by the SVB is in operation for a period of 3 years.  The order by SVB is passed based on the replies/documents furnished by the importer. If there is any suppression of fact or misdeclaration on the part of importer, necessary penal action will be taken separately in accordance with the provisions of law. If the importer is having continuous imports over a period of time extending beyond 3 years, he has to file replies and documents at least 3 months before the completion of 3 years, so as to take up the renewal of the case. If there is no change in the terms and conditions of the agreement, or pattern of invoicing, the same shall be specifically stated by the importer in the form of an affidavit. On examining these documents, the SVB order issued in the past will be renewed for a further period of 3 years. If there are no imports from the related supplier beyond a period of 3 years, there is no need for renewal of the circular and the file will be closed in SVB.

 

10.       Appeal on the orders of SVB

In all cases where the importer is aggrieved by the order passed by SVB, he may file an appeal to Commissioner of Customs (Appeals), Bangalore, against that order.  This right of appeal is also indicated in the preamble attached in the Order in Original.

 

All efforts shall be taken to reduce the number of SVB cases pending for decision.   Copies of Orders passed by SVB shall be sent to the Directorate General of Valuation (DGOV) along with the monthly statement of cases registered and decided.

 

The SVB should also update the database pertaining to Special Valuation cases in the Central Registry Database (CRD) of the DGOV and posted on DGOV website. The updated SVB database on the DGOV website also should be downloaded in coordination with the Nodal Officer and Systems Manager (EDI) for uploading on the intranet on a monthly basis.

 

 

Encl: Questionnaire and List of documents to be

          Submitted                                                                                                                                                                      Sd/-

(B. BHATTACHARYA)

COMMISSIONER

Copy to:

1)      The Chief Commissioner of Customs, Bangalore Zone, Bangalore, with reference to C.No.VIII/48/82/2010 CC Cus (BZ).III dated 09-11-2010.

2)      The Under Secretary to the Government of India, CBEC, Room No.227A, North Block, New Delhi-110 001, with reference to F.No.465/13/2010-Cus.V dated 21-09-2010 addressed to the Chief Commissioner of Customs, Bangalore.

3)      The Director General, Directorate General of Valuation, 7th Floor, Annexe Building, New Custom House, Ballard Estate, Mumbai – 400 001.

4)      The Commissioner of Customs, Cochin.

5)      As per Mailing List

6)      Website – www.bangalorecustoms.gov.in            

 

 

 

ANNEXURE – A

 

Questionnaire to be filled by importers / exporters who are related to

the foreign supplier / purchaser

Sl.

No.

Particulars

 

1

Name of the importer/exporter with full address of the Head of Corporate office, registered office, administrative office/factory and PAN No.

 

2

Whether the importer/exporter is a proprietorship/ partnership/private limited company/public limited company/branch office of company incorporated outside India.

 

3 a)

Name of the foreign supplier/purchaser from whom the goods are imported/to whom the goods are exported.

 

b)

Nature of the business relationship of the importer/exporter with the supplier/purchaser (eg. subsidiary company branch office/distributor/ agent

 

c)

Nature of the transaction- eg. consignment sales, branch transfer or any other

 

4

Whether any officer or director in the company/ firm of the importer holds any office in any company incorporated outside India?  If so, whether such a company is related to/associated in any way with the supplier of the imported goods?  Also give details of converse situation, if applicable.

 

5

Whether the importer/exporter and the supplier/purchaser of the goods are partners in business?

 

6

Whether there is an employer-employee relationship between the importer/exporter and the supplier/purchaser of the imported/exported goods and vice versa?

 

7

Whether the foreign supplier/purchaser or any of their associated companies jointly or severally, directly or indirectly own, control or hold equity shares worth 5 % or more of the total paid up capital of your company or any of your associated companies? 

 

8

Whether any other third person, jointly or severally, directly or indirectly owns controls or holds equity shares worth 5% or more of the foreign supplier/purchaser and of your company including the associated companies?

 

9a)

Whether the supplier/purchaser of the goods is in a position, directly or indirectly, to exercise restraint over you, legally or operationally, in any manner?

 

b)

Specify the role if any, of the supplier/purchaser or any of its associate business entities, in your corporate policy, design specification, quality control, marketing, sub-licensing of patent, franchise, etc?

 

c)

Whether any legal liabilities created by contracts or agreements entered into by the supplier/ purchaser devolve on the importer/exporter?

 

10

Whether the importer/exporter is in a position, directly or indirectly, to exercise the details as per (b) and (c) above for this converse position?

 

11

Whether a third party is in a position, directly or indirectly, to exercise restraint over both the importer/exporter and the supplier of imported/ export goods, legally or operationally, in any manner?  Details as per (b) and(c) of (9) above for this converse position?

 

12

Whether the importer/exporter and the supplier/ purchaser of the imported/export goods, together, are in a position, directly or indirectly, to exercise restraint over you, legally or operationally, in any manner? Details as per (b) and (c) of (9) above for this converse position?

 

13

Whether the importer/exporter and the supplier/ purchaser of the imported/export goods are members of the same family?

 

14a)

Whether the importer is a sole agent, distributor or indentor appointed by the foreign suppliers?

 

b)

Give the full particulars of all the suppliers of goods from outside India for whom the importer acts as agents/distributors indentors?

 

15

Whether the importer is a branch or subsidiary of the supplier of the importer goods? (The word subsidiary has the same meaning as in section 4 of the Companies Act)

 

16a)

Whether the importer is engaged in the local manufacture of any products of the suppliers of the imported goods?

 

b)

If yes, whether the imported items are used in such manufacture?

 

c)

If yes, whether the imported items are manufactured or exclusively supplied by the suppliers?

 

d)

Whether the product manufactured by the importer/exporter using the imported goods is sold under a trade mark, design or patent owned or controlled by the supplier/purchaser of the goods or any person related to them?

 

17

Whether the imported goods are component parts in the SKD/CKD condition for local assembly into finished goods? If yes, furnish a complete list of items imported in CKD/SKD condition.

 

18

In the case of (16) and (17) above, are the same components imported by any person to India as spares for stock and sale? If so, please furnish the prices at which such imports are made.

 

19

Whether the importer has imported any capital goods, plants, machinery, equipment etc., from the foreign supplier of the imported goods or its related or associated concerns or persons? Please furnish details.

 

20a)

Is any amount paid or payable, directly or indirectly, to or on behalf of the supplier of the imported goods for engineering, development, art work, design work and plans and sketches undertaken elsewhere than in India and connected with the production of imported goods?

 

b)

Are any services rendered by or on behalf of the importer relatable to this?

 

21

Particulars in respect of transactions in intangible property:

Has the importer/exporter entered into any international transaction(s) in respect of purchase/ sale/use of intangible property such as know-how, patents, copyrights, licences, etc with the foreign supplier/ associate?

Yes / No

a)

If yes, provide the following details in respect of each associated supplier and each category of intangible property:

 

i)

Name and address of the foreign supplier/ associate with whom international transaction has been entered into.

 

ii)

Description of intangible property and nature of transaction.

 

iii)

Amount paid/received or payable/ received for purchase/sale/use of each category of intangible property as per books of accounts.

 

22

Is the import/export of the goods covered under an agreement? Are there other agreements between the importer and the supplier/exporter and purchaser? If yes, list them.

 

23

What is the basis of arriving at the price in the invoice? Is it

 

a)

Price list with discount

 

b)

Net discounted price

 

c)

Quotation

 

d)

Transfer price or

 

e)

Other (please specify)

 

24

Do the suppliers of the imported goods supply the same directly to any other person in India? If so, please furnish the prices at which these imports are made, with supporting documents.

 

25

What is the form of payment by the importer for the imported goods?  Furnish the heads of accounts under which other payments, if any, made to the supplier of the imported goods, and details of the payments/transfer of funds in any form.

 

26

Furnish the total quantity and FOB value of imports made by the importer from the same supplier during the last three years.

 

27

Amount of royalty/technical know how fee/ licence fee any other fee paid or payable by the importer to the supplier of the imported goods.

 

28

Furnish the full details of amounts, if any, received by the importer in the form of agency commission, overriding commission or any other remuneration received either from other importers in India or from the supplier of the imported goods.

 

29

Expenses incurred by the importer on behalf of the supplier, by understanding or agreement with, or under instructions from the supplier of the imported goods, eg. advertising, propaganda expenses or any other expenses for the promotion of the imported goods.

 

30

Whether the supplier of the goods supplies identical, similar or connected items to buyers/branches/collaborators in other countries?  If yes, prices at which such transaction have taken place, for the last one year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNEXURE – B

 

LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED IN CASE OF SOLE AGENTS/SOLE DISTRIBUTION/SOLE CONCESSIONAIRE

 

Sl.No.

Document to be submitted

1

Agency agreements of the importer with any person

2

Specimen copies of the import invoices and Bills of Entry

3

Specimen copy of invoices for import of identical, similar or connected goods by this part through the present importer

4

Specimen copy of invoices for import of identical, similar or connected goods by a company associated with the importer

5

Commission note and credit notes in case of amounts received from outside India

6

Annual report of the importer's business concern for last three years

7

Pricelists for import and sale of the imported goods.

8

Statement regarding percentage of shareholding of/in any Indian company along with common directors

9

Statement regarding equity participation of/in foreign company

10

Indent/invoices wise statement of commission received in last three years

11

Details of remittances alongwith method, mode and deferred payment details, if any

12

Statement of expenses as required under Sl.No.28 of the questionnaire with the supplier of the imported goods or with any other person acting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNEXURE – C

 

LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED IN CASE OF SUBSIDIARIES/HOLDING COMPANIES AND THOSE WHO HAVE COLLABORATION AGREEMENT OR SIMILAR AGREEMENTS

 

Sl.No.

Document to be submitted

1

Collaboration agreement, Joint Venture Agreement and other agreements with the supplier of the imported goods or with any other person acting for the supplier

2

Approval of Government of India/RBI to the agreement, if any

3

Statements for last three years duly certified by the Chartered Accountant, containing the following informations:-

i)

CIF value and landed cost of imports from suppliers of the imported goods, the collaborator or associated companies

ii)

CIF value and landed cost of import from other suppliers

iii)

Value of standard bought out components procured in India

iv)

Ex-factory value of the goods

v)

Royalty, net and gross Paid or payable

4

Representative sample invoices of own imports for the last 3 years and photocopies of the relevant Bills of Entry

5

Annual reports of importing Company for the last 3 years

6

Statement regarding equity participation in/of foreign company for the last 3 years

7

Statement regarding shareholding of/in any Indian  company along with particulars of common Directors

8

Current price list of product imported from the supplier of the goods including spares and warranty parts imported by any other person

9

Representative specimen invoices of procurement of goods procured from some other person by the supplier and supplied importer

10

Representative specimen invoices of procurement of identical, similar or connected goods made by companies associated with importer

11

Representative specimen invoices of imports of identical of similar goods by any other person

12

Representative specimen of invoices and bills of entry of imports of  identical, similar items as spares and warranty parts by the importer or any other person

13

Details of remittances along with method and mode and deferred payments details, if any

14

Details regarding any other payment made to or on behalf or under the instructions of the supplier