Vastavam web: The Central Government is exempting basic custom duty (BCD) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) on goods for aid and relief material being imported or dispatched to Kerala said Union Minister Piyush Goyal. Ministry of Finance’s Department of Revenue issued an exemption notification to goods imported for relief and rehabilitation of people affected by floods. The exemptions would be applicable to the said imported goods being sent to the Central Government, the Government of Kerala, or as the case may be, the relief agencies of both the governments.
To get benefits of the exemption, the importer has to certify on the relevant clearance documents that the goods are intended to be donated, free of cost, for the relief and rehabilitation of the people affected by the floods in the State of Kerala. The notification also makes it mandatory for the importer to obtain a certificate from the District Magistrate of the affected area in the State of Kerala that the said goods have been donated for use for the aforesaid purpose. The exemption from BCD and IGST for relief and rehabilitation material to be used for Kerala flood victims will be valid till December 31, 2018.