Weekly Trade Alert: 7 - 14 May

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Weekly Trade Alert: 7 - 14 May

Federation of Indian Export Organisations

15 May 2020, 11:59 — 19 min read

Alerts from the Indian Trade Portal on Tariff/Preferential Tariff/ SPS and TBT measures/GST/Export incentives/Export-Import Policy Conditions etc. are given under. Please click on a notification for the details.

COVID 19 MEASURES

1. India - FIEO made submission of "Common Agenda for Exports" to Hon’’ble Finance Minister

Notification Authority: Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO)

Date: 11 May 2020

2. India - Rajasthan has revised SOP for Pass and NOC for movement.

Notification Authority: Government of Rajasthan

Date: 11 May 2020
 

3. India -Tamil Nadu published guidelines for restarting of manufacturing industries after lockdown published

Notification Authority: Government of Rajasthan

Date: 11 May 2020
 

4. India - Advisory regarding 50% waiver of ground rent for containers arriving between April 1-15, 2020

Notification Authority: Container Freight Stations Association of India

Date: 11 May 2020

5. India Review of Circular No. 17/2020 dated 03.04.2020 namely, ’’Measures to facilitate trade during the lockdown period- section 143 AA of the Customs Act, 1962’’

Notification Authority: Department of Revenue (Circular no 23/2020- Customs)

Date: 11 May 2020

6. Philippines - Prescribed remedial process for verification of International Health Certificate (HC)/International Veterinary Health Certificate (IVHC/IVC) during ECQ Period. Documents will verify with export countries Competent authority through online communication channel

Notification Authority: Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Industry

Date: 11 May 2020

7. India - NDMA(MHA) issues guideline on restarting manufacturing industries after the lockdown period

Notification Authority: Ministry of Home Affairs

Date: 11 May 2020
 

8. India - States cooperate with Railways in running more ‘Shramik Special’ Trains without any hindrance to facilitate faster movement of stranded Migrant Workers to their native place

Notification Authority: Ministry of Home Affairs

Date: 11 May 2020
 

9. India - Guidelines to minimizing risk successful restart of industrial units

Notification Authority: Ministry of Home Affairs

Date: 9 May 2020

10. Tamil Nadu - State further relaxed norms regarding functioning of offices & other activities

Notification Authority: Government of Tamil Nadu

Date: 9 May 2020

11. India - UN certificates issued by IIP, Mumbai and its Regional Centers to certain Manufacturers of the Packaging Material for the carriage of Dangerous Goods which have been expired after 25th March 2020 stands "valid" till 30th June, 2020

Notification Authority: Indian Institute of Packaging

Date: 9 May 2020

12. Thailand - Explanation of the Ministry of Public Health Notification regarding cleaning or sanitizing products used for food

Notification Authority: Food and Drug Administration

Date: 9 May 2020
 

13. India - Clarification in respect of residency under section 6 of the Income-tax Act, 1961

Notification Authority: Ministry of Finance

Date: 8 May 2020
 

14. India - Eight approved laboratories are now testing prototype samples of PPE Coveralls required for protection from COVID-19; All these laboratories have been accredited by NABL

Notification Authority: Ministry of Textiles

Date: 8 May 2020
 

15. India - CBDT has decided that the implementation of new procedure for approval/ registration/notification of certain entities shall be deferred to 1st October, 2020

Notification Authority: Ministry of Finance

Date: 8 May 2020

16. India - Central Drugs Standard Control Organization published following on 8 May 2020

Product Coverage: Testing kits for COVID-19 

17. EU - Laying down temporary measures for the acceptance of electronic copies of original official documents for applications for applications for import licences on husked Basmati rice, due to pandemic of COVID-19

Notification Authority: European Commission (Regulation (EU) 2020/633)

Date: 8 May 2020

18. India - Standard Operating Procedure for resuming operations of Industries in Haryana

Notification Authority: District Administration Gurugram, Haryana

Date: 7 May 2020

19. India - Order regarding permissible activities & passes in Ludhiana

Notification Authority: Office of District Magistrate, Ludhiana

Date: 6 May 2020

20. India - Operational guidelines for industries in view of Corona virus disease (COVID-19) epidemic in UP

Notification Authority: Uttar Pradesh Government

Date: 6 May 2020

21. Laos - Measures to import and export goods during the COVID-19 pandemic

Notification Authority: Ministry of Public Works and Transport

Date: 8 May 2020

 

POLICY/ EXPORT BENEFITS/TAXES

22. India - Procedure for availing Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) on Specified Agriculture Products – i) Kg Replaces Tonne for TMA to Exporters ii) Sea Freight to be Calculated on FCL and Air Freight on Kg Basis

Notification Authority: Directorate General of Foreign Trade (Public Notice no 5/2015-20)

Date: 12 May 2020

AGRICULTURE

Plants & Plant Products

23. Australia - Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (Schedule 20)  Maximum residue limits published

Notification Authority: Ministry of Agriculture

Date: 13 May 2020

24. France - Suspended import of fresh cherries intended for food produced in a country authorizing the treatment of cherry trees with plant protection products containing the active substance dimethoate.

Notification Authority: Directorate General for Food - Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Product Coverage: Fresh cherries

Date: 11 May 2020

Background: Last year, France has announced ban on import of Cherries from countries using phytopharmaceutical products containing the active substance dimethoate on 8 May 2019. For more information visit “Alerts on implemented SPS-TBT measure” (Click here)  section available on www.indiantradeportal.inDimethoate is registered under section 9(3) of the Insecticides Act, 1968 and allowed for use in India.

25. Australia published followings on 9th May 2020

Notification Authority: Department of Agriculture

Product Coverage: Seed

HS code: 12

Animal Originated Products

26. Japan - Import of live poultry, poultry meat and egg products suspended from Bekes County of Hungary

Notification Authority: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
Product Coverage: live poultry, poultry meat and egg product
HS code: 0207
Date: 8 May 2020
 

Food Products

27. South Korea - Proposes special act on management of children’s dietary lifestyle

Notification Authority: Ministry of Food and Drug Safety
Date: 12 May 2020
Product Coverage: Food Products
HS Code: 2106

If the above measure is expected to affect your export to South Korea then please click here and submit your representation

28. India - FSSAI facilitates food businesses amid COVID 19 pandemic

Notification Authority: Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (Press Release)

Product Coverage: Food Products

HS Code: HS 02 to 24

Date: 12 May 2020 

29. India - Seeks to confirm the provisional increase of 5% in the rate of duty of customs for a period of 180 days on imports of “Refined Bleached Deodorized Palmolein and Refined Bleached Deodorized Palm Oil” falling under HS 15119010 or HS 15119020 originating in Malaysia and imported under India-Malaysia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.

Notification Authority: Department of Revenue (Notification No. 22/2020-Customs)

Product Coverage: Refined Bleached Deodorized Palmolein, Refined Bleached Deodorized Palm Oil

HS Code: 15119010, 15119020

Date: 12 May 2020

30. China - National Health Commission published following standards on 12 May 2020

Product Coverage:  Quick frozen flour and rice products, quick frozen prepared foods, Fermented Glutinous rice, Food nutritional fortifier Manganese Carbonate, Food nutritional fortifier Sodium Selenate, Milk products, Formulae for infants and young children, Milk powder, Food nutritional fortifier Manganese Citrate, Food nutritional fortifier chromium chloride hexahydrate, Food nutritional fortifier potassium-L-ascorbate

HS Code: 19012000, 1006, 10063090, 28369990, 28429090, 0402, 19011090, 0402, 26020030, 28273990, 29362990

If the above standards  are expected to affect your export to China then please click here and submit your representation 

31. China proposed following measures on 11 May 2020

Notification Authority: National Health Commission of the People’’s Republic of China (NHC)
Product Coverage: Food, Ready-to-eat food in bulk, Pre-packaged food
Date: 11 May 2020

CHEMICAL

Pharmaceutical Products

32. Myanmar - Certificate of importation medication valid as on 11-5-2020 published.

Product Coverage: Pharmaceutical products

HS code: 28, 29, 30

Notification Authority: Food & Drug Administration

Date: 12 May 2020 

33. Myanmar - Drug Registration Certificate valid as on 3-2020 published

Notification Authority: Food and Drug Administration

Date: 8 May 2020

Product Coverage: Pharmaceutical products

HS code: 28, 29, 30
 

34. Lebanon - Decision related to withdrawing from the Lebanese market and prohibiting the circulation of a smuggled cook from a registered medical product Mixtard 30 vial.

Notification Authority: Pharmacy and medicines (Resolution 505-2020)

Date: 7 May 2020

Product Coverage: medicines

HS code: 30

Cosmetics

35. Myanmar - Approved New Cosmetics recordings (New) valid as on 11-5-2020 published.

Notification Authority: Food & Drug Administration
Date: 12 May 2020
Product Coverage: Cosmetics
HS code: 33, 3401 

Pesticides & Other Chemicals

36. USA - Seek to revoke existing tolerance exemption and establish pesticide tolerances for residues of fungicide

Notification Authority: Environmental Protection Agency
Product Coverage: Almond, Grape, Strawberry, cucurbit, group 9; and vegetable, fruiting, group 8-10
HS code: 07
Date: 8 May 2020 

37. EU - Seeks non-approval of Benfluralin as active substance in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009

Notification Authority: European Commission

Date: 7 May 2020

Product Coverage: Benfluralin (pesticide active substance)

HS Code:  3808

38. USA - Conducting risk evaluations for 13 of 20 High-Priority Substances in terms of conditions of use, hazards, exposures, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations.

Notification Authority: Environmental Protection Agency

Date: 7 May 2020

Paints & Alcohol

39. EU - Seek to amend regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures as regards bespoke paints.

Notification Authority: European Commission

Date: 13 May 2020

Product Coverage: Bespoke paints

HS code: 3209

If the above measure is expected to affect your export to EU then please click here and submit your representation.

40. Russia - 0% import duties on benzyl alcohol, vanillin and ethyl vanillin.

Notification Authority: Eurasian Economic Commission (Decision no 43)

Product Coverage: Benzyl alcohol, vanillin and ethyl vanillin

HS Code: 290621

Date: 8 May 2020

Hazardous Substance

41. Australia - Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956

Notification Authority: Department of Customs

Product Coverage: Hazardous Substance, Ozone Depleting substance

42. USA - Issuing this final rule to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international regulations and standards
Notification Authority: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Date: 11 May 2020

43. India - Notice period for draft environment impact assessment notification (EIA), 2020 extended till 30th June

Notification Authority: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Press Release

Date: 7 May 2020

Textile/ Industrial Products/ Safety Instruments

44. Australia - Initiate first review of Consumer Product Safety Standard - Corded Internal Window Coverings Regulations 2010 (the safety standard). The safety standard is designed to reduce the risk of child strangulation from corded internal window coverings. The review considers market, regulatory and non-regulatory developments which could better promote consumer safety. 

Notification Authority: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Date: 7 May 2020
Product Coverage: 1) Corded internal window coverings – being window coverings that can be used inside a building and are either: 2) window coverings, such as curtains or blinds with a cord 3) fittings used with a window covering, such as a traverse rod or track.; Curtains (including drapes) and interior blinds; curtain or bed valances
HS Code: 6303

45. China proposes following national standards

Notification Authority: State Administration for Market Regulation

Date: 11 May 2020

46. Australia - Seek to amend the mandatory safety standard for portable non-aerosol fire extinguishers by referencing the latest voluntary Australian standard AS/NZS 1841:2007

Notification Authority: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Date: 11 May 2020

Product Coverage: Fire extinguishers, whether or not charged

HS Code:  842410

Household Products

47. China - National standard on minimum allowable values of energy efficiency and energy efficiency grades for electric pressure cookers published

Notification Authority: State Administration for Market Regulation

Date: 11 May 2020

Product Coverage: electric pressure cookers

HS code: 73279310

48. USA - Energy conservation standards for air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and commercial warm air furnaces

Notification Authority: Department of Energy

Product Coverage: Air conditioner

Date: 11 May 2020

HS code: 8415

Safeguard/Antidumping Duties

49. India - Sunset review of anti-dumping investigation concerning import of Phthalic Anhydride originating in or exported from Russia and Japan

Notification Authority: Directorate General of Trade Remedies

Date: 12 May 2020

50. India - Anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of Plain Medium Density Fibre Board having thickness 6 mm and above produced by M/s Kim Tin MDF Joint Stock Company

Notification Authority: Directorate General of Trade Remedies

Date: 12 May 2020

51. India - Preliminary Findings of Bilateral Safeguard Investigation concerning imports of “Phthalic Anhydride” into India from Korea under India-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (Bilateral Safeguard Measures) Rules, 2017

Notification Authority: Directorate General of Trade Remedies

Date: 11 May 2020

52. India - Further Extension of time for filing Exporter’’s/Importer’’s/ User’’s Questionnaire response in Anti-Dumping investigation concerning imports of “Phenol” originating in or exported from Thailand and United States of America

Notification Authority: Directorate General of Trade Remedies

Date: 11 May 2020

53. Directorate General of Trade Remedies published following on 9 May 2020

Product Coverage: Choline Chloride, Black Toner in powder form, Newsprint in rolls or sheets, Viscose Spun Yarn, & Density Fibre Board

Other

54. India - Ministry of MSME Launches CHAMPIONS Portal www.Champions.gov.in
Notification Authority: Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
Date: 11 May 2020

55. India - Technology Centers now manufacturing critical parts of real time quantitative micro PCR system
Notification Authority: Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
Date: 11 May 2020

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