Government imposes levy of 10% basic customs duty (BCD) on cellular mobile phone, specified parts thereof and certain electronic goods.

Government imposes levy of 10% basic customs duty (BCD) on cellular mobile phone, specified parts thereof and certain electronic goods. 

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The Government had constituted Inter Ministerial Committee [IMC] comprising of officers from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Department of Commerce (DoC), Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and Department of Revenue (DoR) to identify electronic/ IT/telecom products, which are not Information Technology Agreement [ITA] – I bound, for customs duty enhancement on them.

With effect from 01.07.2017, the Government has imposed 10% basic customs duty (BCD) on: 

a) Cellular mobile phones and specified parts of cellular mobile phones like charger, battery, wire headset, Microphone and Receiver, Key Pad, USB Cable etc. 

b) Certain other specified electronic goods. 

The present exemption from basic customs duty on specified parts of mobiles, namely, Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA), Camera Module, Connectors Display Assembly, Touch Panel / Cover Glass Assembly, Vibrator Motor / Ringer will continue. 

Further, inputs and raw material for manufacture of parts of above specified electronics goods including mobile phones will also continue to be exempt from BCD. 

Notification Nos. 56/2017-Customs, 57/2017-Customs and 58/2017-Customs, all dated 30.06.2017 have been issued in this regard.

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