- A Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is a “specifically delineated, duty-free enclave and shall be deemed to be foreign territory for the purposes of trade operations and duties and tariffs” (EXIM Policy 2000, Chapter 9, Para 30).
- All trade inflows into the SEZ are treated as imports and all outflows from the SEZ are treated as exports.
- The concept of SEZ was introduced by the Indian Government in the EXIM Policy 2000. Since then the SEZ Act has been passed in 2005 and the rules and regulations governing the same have been notified in 2006.
- The preferential policy framework within which an SEZ functions is designed to give an impetus to exports and provide the necessary supporting environment to make these export hubs an attractive investment destination point for global players with multi-lateral trade dimensions.
- Income tax holiday for 15 years
- 100% for the first 5 years
- 50% for the next 5 years
- 50% for the following 5 years on plough back of profits
- Exemptions from customs and excise duties, central sales tax and local taxes on construction material, capital equipment , raw material, spares, and consumables
- Exemption from service tax
- Exemption on stamp duty and land registration charges
- Single window clearances
- OnÃ¢â‚¬â€œsite customs and self-certification processes
- Repatriation of profits without dividend balancing permitted
- 100% foreign direct investment permitted
For more information, please visit www.sezindia.nic.in
All the benefits are as per the SEZ Act 2005 outlined by the Government of India. However local taxes/duties which are under the purview of the State Government are governed by the respective State Governments.