THE FSSAI HAS ISSUED LICENSES FOR FBOS THAT MAKE INDIAN SWEETS AND SNACKS
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has received numerous representations from industry associations regarding the difficulties faced by small and medium-scale manufacturers/packers of Indian sweets, snacks, and savory products due to the lack of standards for these products under the Food Safety and Standard Regulations. As a result, such businesses are required to seek a Central license under the proprietary food products category, which is not only costly but also requires extensive compliance.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India decided to classify Food Product Category 18 in the food safety compliance system (FoSCoS) as a General Manufacturing type of business, in order to speed up the licensing/registration of small and medium food businesses that make sweets, snacks, and savories. Sweet and snack products, such as milk-based sweets, cereal or pulse flour-based sweets, dry fruit and nut-based sweets, and ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook products, are eligible for registration/licensing under the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) regulation 2011.
Any FBO that is already licensed under the proprietary food category and is manufacturing Indian sweets and snacks & savories does not need to have their license amended under these additional categories. Furthermore, FBOs such as caterers, restaurants, and other food services that serve/sell fresh unpackaged sweets/snacks & savories on their premises must register/license under the applicable food category.
MERCHANDISE EXPORTS FROM INDIA SCHEME SCHEDULE ADDED WITH TWO NEW HS CODES
The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HCDSS), commonly known as the Harmonized System (HS) of tariff terminology, is a globally defined system of names and numbers for classifying traded goods. In India, ITC-HS Codes were introduced for import-export activities. To meet national trade regulations, Indian custom uses an eight-digit ITC-HS Code. There are two schedules for ITC-HS codes. Schedule I of the ITC (HS) Import describes the rules and guidelines for import policies, whereas Schedule II describes the rules and regulations for export policies. Schedule I have a total of 98 chapters. The ITC-HS code’s Export Policy Schedule II comprises 97 chapters that cover all of the export policy requirements.
Two ITC HS codes, 30036000 and 30046000, have been added to the MEIS Schedule and are eligible for MEIS benefits at a rate of 3% for exports made between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2020. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade hereby makes the following changes to MEIS Appendix 3B, Table 2 (as updated from time to time). In Appendix 3B, two new entries have been added.