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Remission, Abatement, and Exemption of Goods

After Reading Procedure, mechanism and assessing of duty, now the turn has came for the most awaited portion of the chapter where it says about the remissions, abatements etc. This whole provisions tell about what is remission, how it is granted, where to apply etc. Various abatements are also discussed and the exemptions which are available for some specific goods and they are exempt from payment of duty are also provided.

Must Read – Imposition and Circumstances for Levy of Custom Duty

Briefing the Article:

Remission of duty on goods lost, destroyed or abandoned [Sec 23]

  1. Remission of Duty
    • Any imported goods which have been lost or destroyed at any time before clearance for home consumption, AC/DC may remit the duty.
    • It should be total loss of goods, loss should be forever and beyond recovery and should be generally due to natural causes like fire, flood etc.
    • Such loss have to be proved to AC/DC.
  2. Right to Relinquish the title of goods
    • Owner of any imported goods may at any time before an order for clearance of goods relinquish his title to goods and there upon he shall not be liable to pay duty.
    • Relinquish means to give over the possession or control of, to leave off.
    • Shall not be allowed to relinquish the title to such goods regarding which an offence appears to have been committed.
  3. Distinction between Sec 13 & Sec 23
BasisSection 13Section 23
MeaningPilfer means to steal, especially in small quantitiesWords lost or destroyed refers to Total loss of goods
DutyShall lot be liable to pay dutyDuty is already paid, it will be remitted
RestorationGoods are restored after pilferage, liable to pay dutyRestoration is not possible
WarehousingNot apply to this sectionApply to this section
Onus to proveDoes not lie on importer as it comes during examination of officerHas to prove
Time of occurrenceAfter unloading but before order for clearanceBefore clearance for home consumption

Abatement of duty on damaged or deteriorated goods [Sec 22]

  • Cases where the abatement is available
Goods damaged/deteriorated
1.before or during unloading
2.accident after unloading but before examinationProvided accident should not be due to wilful act, negligence of importer, etc
3.accident before actual clearance
  • Amount of duty chargeable after abatement

= Duty on goods before damage *  Value of damaged goods
Value of goods before damage

  • Valuation of damaged goods
    • Value ascertained by proper officer or
    • Sold by proper officer with the consent of owner and gross sale proceeds shall be the value of such goods.

Must Read – Some Important Definitions Under Customs Act, 1962


Denaturing or mutilation of goods [Sec 24]

  • Importer can request Central Govt. for permitting to denature/mutilate the goods which are used for more then 1 purpose
  • By denaturing goods are made unfit for other purposes.

Example – Ethyl alcohol which is not denatured attracts higher duty where as denatured ethyl alcohol attracts lower rate of duty.

Exemptions from custom duty [Sec 25]

  1. General exemption – May by Notification in Official Gazette exempt generally either absoulety or subject to such conditions as may be specified in the notification.

Special exemption – May by special order in each case exempt from payment of duty any goods on which duty is leviable only under circumstances of an exceptional nature to be stated in such order.