Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA)
Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA)
The scheme of Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) for Specified Agricultural Products was introduced as a means of providing assistance for the international component of freight and marketing of agricultural produce. The initiative is set to mitigate the drawback of higher transportation costs while exporting certain agricultural products, which results from transhipment. In addition to this, it would promote brand recognition for Indian agricultural products in the specified overseas markets. Notably, the scheme also finds its place in the Foreign Trade Policy of 2015-20.
Validity and Coverage
The scheme could be availed by exporters from the 1st March 2019 and is valid until the 31st of March 2020. It is extended to all exporters of eligible agricultural products who are duly registered with the concerned Export Promotion Council as per the Foreign Trade Policy. The assistance would be rendered as per the notified rates for the export of specific agricultural produce (as mentioned in HSN chapter 1-24) to permissible countries (specified on a frequent basis) and is only applicable if the payments for the same are received in Free Foreign Exchange through normal banking channels. Products not covered under this scheme include live animals, milk, cream, animal origin products, curd, buttermilk, rice, wheat, tobacco, garlic, etc.
Note – the scheme is only applicable for exports made through EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) ports. It also covers freight and marketing assistance for export by air and sea.
The following regions and export destinations/countries are considered eligible for assistance under the scheme:
- Burkina Faso
- Ivory Coast, Niger
- Cape Verde
European Union (EU)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United States of America
- Brunei Darussalam
Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
- North Korea
- South Korea
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands
- PRC China
- Hong Kong
The following exports categories/sectors do not qualify for the scheme:
- Products exported from SEZs, EOUs, EHTPs, STPs, BTPs, and FTWZs.
- The products of SEZs, EOUs, EHTPs, STPs, BTPs and FTWZs exported via DTA units.
- Export of imported goods (covered under paragraph 2.46 of the FTP).
- Exports through transhipment.
- Commodities restricted or forbidden for exports under Schedule 2 of Export Policy in ITC (HS), except on specifications.
- Export products subject to Minimum Export Price or export duty, except on specifications.
- Export of goods through courier or foreign post offices by means of e-Commerce.
Mode of Assistance
Funds under the scheme would be rendered in cash through direct bank transfer as part of reimbursement of freight paid. Freight on Board (FOB) supplies where no freight charges are borne by Indian exporters are not covered under this scheme. The scope of assistance varies in accordance with the different regions as notified from time to time.
Assistance wouldn’t be provided for:
- Less than Container Load (LCL).
- Containers with both eligible and ineligible category of cargo.
- Cargos shipped in bulk/break bulk mode.
Scrutinization of Claims
The procedure of scrutiny of claims, the audit of remittances, recovery of ineligible or excess funds, and the interest on such recoveries are determined by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). Any defaults resulting out of such scrutiny would make the defaulter liable for penal action under the provisions of the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act 1992 and other related provisions.
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