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Notification No. 31/2010-Customs

New Delhi, the 27th February, 2010

Sub: Seeks to exempt packaged & canned soft ware from customs duties.

G.S.R. (E).-In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 25 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), and in supersession of the otification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Reve nue), No. 80/2009- customs dated the 7th July, 2009, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary vide number G.S.R. 487(E) dated the 7th July, 2009, except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the Central Government, on being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, hereby exempts packaged software or canned software, falling under Chapter 85 of the First Schedule of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (51 of 1975), from so much of the additional duty leviable thereon under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the said Customs Tariff Act, as is equivalent to the duty payable on the portion of the value of such goods determined under section 14 of the said Customs Act, or the rules made thereunder, read with sub-section (2) of section 3 of the said Customs Tariff Act, which represents the consideration paid or payable for transfer of the right to use such goods:

Provided that he importer shall make a declaration rega rding consideration paid or payable in respect of such transfer to the Deputy Commissioner of Customs or the Assistant Commissioner of C ustoms, as the case may be:

Provided further that the importer shall be registered under sectio n 69 of the Finance Act, 1994 (32 of 1994) read w ith rule 4 of the Service Tax Rules, 1994.

Explanation. - For the purposes of this notification, “packaged software or canned software” means software developed to meet the needs of variety of users, and wh ich is intended for sale or capable of being sold off the shelf.

[F. No. 334/1/2010-TRU]

(Prashant Kumar)

Under Secretary to the Government of India

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