Source: News Bharati English28 Oct 2016 12:03:29

New Delhi, October 28: The Goods and Services Network (GSTN) has signed an agreement with Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) for sharing of foreign exchange realisation and Import Export code data, a move that is expected to strengthen processing of export transactions of taxpayers under GST, increase transparency and reduce human interface.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Ajay K Bhalla, Director General of Foreign Trade and Prakash Kumar, CEO, GSTN in New Delhi on Thursday. An electronic bank realisation certificate (eBRC) captures transaction level details of foreign exchange realised in India.

The eBRC project implemented by DGFT created an integrated platform for receipt, processing and subsequent use of all Bank Realization related information by exporters, banks, central and state government departments. The e-BRC project enabled banks to upload foreign exchange realisation information related to exports on to the DGFT server under a secured protocol.

So far 100 banks operating in India, including foreign banks and cooperative banks have uploaded more than 1.9 Crore e-BRCs on to the DGFT server.

Highlights of the Agreement  :

  • eBRC data has proved to be a significant step in reducing the transaction cost of exporters. A Bank Realisation Certificate (BRC) is required for discharge of export obligation and claiming of incentives under Foreign Trade Policy.

  •  It is also used by state government departments for refund of VAT. In addition, it is an important economic indicator as it quantifies transaction level export earnings.

  • DGFT has signed MOUs with 14 state governments and 2 central government agencies for sharing of the data.

  • At the state level, Commercial Tax Departments of 14 states have signed MoU with DGFT for receiving e-BRC data for VAT refund purposes. These are Maharashtra, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Goa and Bihar.

  • In addition, Ministry of Finance, Enforcement Directorate and Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority have signed MoU with DGFT for receiving e-BRC data.