Service Exports from India Scheme (SEIS) aims to promote export of services from India by providing duty credit scrips for eligible service exports. Under the scheme, service providers, located in India, would be rewarded under the SEIS scheme, for all eligible export of services from India. This scheme was first announced in the year 2015-20.
Objective of Service Exports from India Scheme (SEIS) is to encourage and maximize export of notified Services from India.
(a) Service Providers of notified services, located in India, shall be rewarded under SEIS. The notified services and rates of rewards are listed in Appendix 3D. Only Services rendered in the manner as per Para 9.51(i) and Para 9.51(ii) of the policy shall be eligible. However, the service categories eligible under the scheme and the rates of reward on such services as rendered w.e.f. 1 April, 2019 to 31 March, 2020 shall be notified separately in Appendix 3X. For the services rendered w.e.f. 01 April, 2020, decision on continuation of the scheme will be taken subsequently and notified accordingly.
(b) Such service provider should have minimum net free foreign exchange earnings of US$15,000 in year of rendering service to be eligible for Duty Credit Scrip. For Individual Service Providers and sole proprietorship, such minimum net free foreign exchange earnings criteria would be US$10,000 in year of rendering service.
(c) Payment in Indian Rupees for service charges earned on specified services, shall be treated as receipt in deemed foreign exchange as per guidelines of Reserve Bank of India. The list of such services is indicated in Appendix 3E.
(d) Net Foreign exchange earnings for the scheme are defined as under:
Net Foreign Exchange = Gross Earnings of Foreign Exchange minus Total expenses / payment / remittances of Foreign Exchange by the IEC holder, relating to service sector in the financial year.
(e) If the IEC holder is a manufacturer of goods as well as service provider, then the foreign exchange earnings and Total expenses / payment / remittances shall be taken into account for service sector only.
(f) In order to claim reward under the scheme, Service provider shall have to have an active IEC at the time of rendering such services for which rewards are claimed.
As per Notification No. 26/2015-2020 dated 16.09.2021, last date of Submitting applications for SEIS (for service exports rendered in FY 2018-19 and FY 2019-20) stands revised to 31st December 2021.
After 31.12.2021, no further applications would be allowed to be submitted and they would become timebarred. Late cut provisions shall also not be available for submitting claims at a later date.
As per Notification No. 29/2015-2020 dated 23.09.2021, following paras are inserted.
For SEIS claim for FY 2019-20, service providers of eligible services shall be entitled to Duty Credit Scrip at notified rates (as given in Appendix 3X) on net foreign exchange earned, with the total entitlement capped at Rs. 5 Crore per IEC for FY 2019-20.
For SEIS claim for FY 2019-20, the deadline for filing the online application as per ANF 3B shall be 31.12.2021. Provision of late cut under para 9.02 of HBP 2015-20 shall not apply of SEIS applications for FY 2019-20 and such applications shall get time-barred after 31.12.2021
Foreign exchange remittances other than those earned for rendering of notified services would not be counted for entitlement. Thus, other sources of foreign exchange earnings such as equity or debt participation, donations, receipts of repayment of loans etc. and any other inflow of foreign exchange, unrelated to rendering of service, would be ineligible.
Also please refer Annexure to Appendix – 3D as amended vide Public notice no. 45 Dated 05.12.2017 for other ineligible category of services.
Service Providers of eligible services shall be entitled to Duty Credit Scrip at notified rates (as given in Appendix 3D) on net foreign exchange earned.
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