April 15, 2021

Cap on exports incentive by govt to harm handset, element exports, says business

NEW DELHI: The current imposition of a ceiling on exports incentive by the federal government might discourage home manufacturing of cell phones and components for delivery out, handset makers have stated, including that it was a sovereign dedication that the Centre can’t return on.

The federal government on Tuesday notified that advantages to every exporter underneath the Merchandise Exports Incentive Scheme (MEIS) for the September-December interval is capped at Rs 2 crores. For the cell phone business which exported gadgets near Rs 7571 crore by worth within the corresponding interval final yr, in accordance with information from the Ministry of Commerce, a 2% MEIS profit meant an incentive of Rs 150 crore.

In 2019, Korean main Samsung alone accounted for 82% of the system and element exports, whereas excessive worth iPhone maker Apple made up 15%.

“The cap of Rs 2 crores per exporter actually impacts massive exporters who’re most important to seize world markets,” Pankaj Mohindroo, chairman, India Mobile and Electronics Affiliation (ICEA) instructed ET. “In our business, it impacts the element exporters probably the most.”

Samsung and Apple did not reply to ET’s emailed queries.

ICEA represents main cell producers together with Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Apple, contract producer Foxconn moreover home-bred manufacturers Lava, Micromax and Karbonn.

“MEIS was dedicated upto 31/12/2020 with none cap although it was lowered from 4% to 2%. The sudden denial from September 2020 isn’t applicable since it’s a sovereign dedication,” Mohindroo stated.

He added that the physique will ship a written communication to the federal government concerning the identical.

Beneath MEIS, the federal government offers responsibility advantages relying on the product and nation. Rewards underneath the scheme are payable as a share of realised free-on-board worth (of two%, 3% and 5%) and MEIS responsibility credit score scrip could be transferred or used for cost of quite a lot of duties together with the essential customs responsibility.

The MEIS price for cell phones was lowered from 4% to 2% from April.

“…on the entire, this can hinder PM’s dream of constructing India an export hub,” stated Bibhash Deb, Head-Taxation, Authorized & Secretarial at Lava Worldwide.

One other business govt sought to know that if there is no such thing as a profit, why would a producer import elements from China, assemble them in India after which export, when the identical could be finished instantly from China at a decrease price.

“…first you entice firms to closely spend money on setting-up manufacturing in India by giving such incentives after which place a cap over it,” the chief stated.