What is a Chartered Engineer?
A Chartered Engineer is an authorized Engineer to inspect, pass and submit an independent observation as required. A Chartered Engineer provides Value Addition during the empanelment as Value, Loss Assessor with various Government Bodies and Financial Institutions.
Here are some of the certification services required from a Chartered Engineer:-
- EPCG Licence – Export Promotion Capital Good Scheme
The applicant may apply for EPCG licence along with a certificate from the independent chartered engineer on the proforma certifying the end use of capital goods sought for import for its use at pre-production, production or post production stage for the product undertaken for export obligation.
The Licensing Authority concerned shall, on the basis of the nexus certificate from an Independent Chartered Engineer (CEC) submitted by the applicant in Appendix 32A, issue the EPCG licence and thereafter forward a copy of the EPCG licence to the concerned Jurisdictional Central Excise Authority.
- Installation Certification
At the time of final redemption of export obligation licence holder shall submit certificate from the Independent Chartered Engineer confirming the use of spares so imported in the installed capital goods on the basis of stock & consumption register maintained by licence holder.
- Import into SEZ
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. Chartered Engineer has to issue certificate in the prescribed format.
- Chartered Engineer’s Certification for second hand plants, machinery EXPORTED to India
It is mandatory to have CE Certification for custom’s clearance for second hand plant & machinery being imported to India. The certification relates to state of the goods, balance future life, contents, value for assessment of customs.
- Computation of Installed Capacity of Plant
The certification by chartered engineer is required for computation of installed capacity of new and old plants.
- Certification for MOEF e-waste
Chartered Engineer has to certify whether imported equipment/machine can be considered as e-waste or not. Based on certification of CE, MOEF issues letter to importer which enables them to clear the equipment from customs.
- Certification for Bill of Materials (BOM) submitted by Solar Power Installers / Developers
Chartered Engineer has to certify BOM for setting up SOLAR POWER PROJECT, which enables the developers to obtain customs / excise duty exemption certificates from MNRE (Ministry of NEW and RENEWABLE Energy)
- Advance License
An advance license is granted for the import of inputs without payment of basic customs duty. Such licenses are issued in accordance with the policy and procedure in force on the date of issue of the license and is subject to the fulfilment of a time-bound export obligation, and value addition as maybe specified. Advance licenses maybe either value based or quantity based.
Chartered Engineer has to certify that inputs being imported without payment of basic customs duty is in order.
- Pre-Shipment Inspection
As per WTO agreement “Agreement shall apply to all pre-shipment inspection activities carried out on the territory of Members, whether such activities are contracted or mandated by the government, or any government body, of a Member.”
Pre-shipment inspection activities are all activities relating to the verification of the quality, the quantity, the price, including currency exchange rate and financial terms, and / or the customs classification of goods to be exported to the territory of the user Member.
For export to countries with import certification schemes, Pre-shipment inspection is a necessary step to receive an import certificate for the shipment. Without this certificate, the shipment will not be able to clear customs in the country of destination.
Pre-shipment inspection offers importers the certainty that the goods arriving at their place of destination are in conformity to required specifications. These can be customer’s own requirements or legal demands or may be demanded by the Bankers.
- Chartered Engineer Certification for investment in plant and machinery as required by 100% EOU
The certification by Chartered Engineer is required for investment in plant & machinery for attaining the status of 100 % EOU ( Export oriented unit).
- Exemption to goods supplied to service provider such as Hotels or stand-alone Restaurants under served from India scheme (GENERAL EXEMPTION NO. 27)
Central Government exempts capital goods, office equipment, professional equipment, office furniture and consumables related to service sector business and food items from the whole of duty of excise and additional duty of excise subject to a certificate from Independent Chartered Engineer confirming installation and use of the goods in the factory or premises within 6 months from date of clearance.
(The Author is a Chartered Engineer and his website is Chartered Engineer Services – Delhi NCR)
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