In News: Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh approves two Open General Export Licences in a major push for defence exports.
Open General Export Licences
- The OGEL is a one-time export licence to be granted to a company for a specific period (two years initially).
- The countries allowed under the OGELs are: Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA, Canada, Italy, Poland and Mexico.
- Export of items to a ‘Special Economic Zone’ is not permitted.
- For acquiring the licences, the applicant is mandatory to have an Import-Export certificate.
- The quarterly & end of the year reports on all the transactions done under OGELs should be submitted to DPP for examination and post-export verification.
The application for grant of OGEL will be considered by the Department of Defence Production (DPP) on a case-to-case basis,subject to the following:
- The applicant exporter should have a valid IE Certificate.
- The applicant Exporter should have established an appropriate/certified approved Internal Compliance Programme (ICP) or Export Compliance Programme of its own, or should be compliant with an ICP of its subsidiary/principal abroad to which the items will be exported.
- The exporter agrees to receive an on-site inspection by DDP or its authorized representative, whenever desired for the auditing/verification of ICP;
- The exporter must comply with post shipment reporting documents, which must include submission of annual report to Export Promotion Cell of DDP, latest by 15th April of every year, in respect of the exports made against a specific OGEL, in the prescribed format, providing details of the SCOMET items (category/sub-category number) exported along with complete details of all consignees, end users, technical specification of the items and destination countries, in respect of each export consignment
- The quarterly & end of the year reports on all the transaction done under this OGEL, shall be submitted to DDP for examination and post-export verification;
- The exporter shall submit a declaration to the effect that they have internal controls in place to prevent transfer of goods to countries/ entities facing UNSC sanctions arms embargo;
- The exporter shall submit a declaration that the end user will allow for further checks, if necessary, by the authorized representatives of the Government of India.
- Once an application is made, DDP would examine the same and provide authorization under this OGEL