Majority of goods are allowed to be exported without obtaining a licence. Export licenses are only required for items listed in the Schedule 2 of ITC (HS) Classifications of Export and Import items. An application for grant of Export Licence for such items must be submitted to the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). The Export Licensing Committee under the Chairmanship of Export Commissioner considers such applications on merits for issue of export licenses.
Export of Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technologies (SCOMET) items are also permitted under a licence or prohibited altogether. Guidelines for Export of SCOMET items can be viewed here.
Export of Samples
Export of samples upto specified limits are allowed free. The exporter is required to be registered with the appropriate Export Promotion Council to avail of this benefit. Samples with permanent marking as "sample not for sale" are allowed freely for export without any limit.
Processing of Shipping Bill
In case of export by sea or air, the exporter must submit the 'Shipping Bill', and in case of export by road he must submit 'Bill of Export' in the prescribed form containing the prescribed details such as the name of the exporter, consignee, invoice number, details of packing, description of goods, quantity, FOB value, etc. Along with the Shipping Bill, other documents such as copy of packing list, invoices, export contract, letter of credit, etc. are also to be submitted. There are 5 types of shipping bills:-
The Bills of Export are:-
Exporters can check and track the status of Shipping Bills online.
Let Export Order
After the receipt of the goods in the dock, the exporter may contact the Customs Officer designated for the purpose and present the checklist with the endorsement of Port Authority and other declarations along with all original documents. Customs Officer may verify the quantity of the goods actually received and thereafter mark the Electronic Shipping Bill and also hand over all original documents to the Dock Appraiser, who may assign a customs officer for the examination of the goods. If the Dock Appraiser is satisfied that the particulars entered in the system conform to the description given in the original documents, he may proceed to allow "let export" for the shipment.