SEZs Rejoice: Indian Government Includes Them in Export Incentive Scheme

Commerce ministry decides to extend RoDTEP scheme benefits to SEZ units

Post By : IJ News Service On 20 February 2024 12:23 PM

In a significant move to boost exports, the Indian commerce ministry has extended the benefits of the Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) scheme to companies operating in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Export Oriented Units (EOUs). This decision, announced on February 16th, 2024, responds to industry demands for inclusion and aims to enhance the competitiveness of Indian exporters.

Under the RoDTEP scheme, eligible exporters receive rebates on various central and state taxes and levies incurred during production and export. Previously excluded, SEZs and EOUs now stand to benefit from these rebates, ranging from 0.3% to 4.3%. This inclusion is expected to incentivize increased exports from these zones, which contributed USD 155.8 billion to India's export basket in 2022-23.

However, some experts raise concerns about potential overcompensation for exports with high import content, particularly in sectors like electronics and jewelry. Additionally, the limited budget allocated for RoDTEP might necessitate reduced rates for all beneficiaries if more exports are included. Despite these concerns, the overall impact of extending RoDTEP benefits to SEZs and EOUs is projected to be positive. It has the potential to create new job opportunities, attract further investment, and ultimately strengthen India's position in the global export market. It's worth noting that the formal notification amending the foreign trade policy is yet to be issued, so the specific implementation details remain to be seen.

  • Decision announced: February 16, 2024
  • Benefits: Tax and duty rebates under RoDTEP
  • Eligible entities: SEZs and EOUs
  • Current RoDTEP rates: 0.3% to 4.3%
  • Concerns: Potential overcompensation for import-intensive exports, limited RoDTEP budget


  • * Increased exports from SEZs and EOUs
  • * Enhanced competitiveness of Indian exporters
  • * Creation of new job opportunities

Overall, this decision is a positive step for Indian exports. It remains to be seen how the inclusion of SEZs and EOUs will impact the scheme's effectiveness and budget.

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