Good news for the Made In India campaign as momentum and engagement grows
The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) brought some good news for local manufacturers of mobile phones, laptops, which will also give a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative.
The apex indirect taxes body, CBEC, has said that only those manufacturing goods in India can enjoy a concessional 2% duty regime without availing of tax credit on inputs, not importers who will have to pay 12.5% countervailing duty.
Apart from domestic mobile phones, laptops and tablets manufacturers, coal producers will also gain from this directive. Earlier, this advantage to local manufacturers was taken away by the Supreme Court judgement. In a case related to SRF Ltd, the top court had directed that importers could avail of lower duty regime if they did not take tax credits.
Reportedly, this had risked plans of foreign investors such as Foxconn Technology Group and Softbank to set up manufacturing facilities in the country and had also placed at a disadvantage the existing plants of Samsung Electronics Co. and Huawei Technologies Co.
"In case of mobile phones, appropriate duty would need to be paid on inputs to be able to avail the benefit of concessional rates on final products. Accordingly, assembly of parts alone may not be a beneficial proposition," Bipin Sapra, a partner at EY, told Economic Times.
The Modi-led India government has been trying to boost domestic manufacture of electronic goods in view of large domestic market being serviced mainly by imports.
The financial daily reported that India shipped in almost $37 billion worth of telecom instruments, computer hardware and peripherals, electronic instruments and components, and consumer electronics goods in FY15, a 14% rise over the previous year.
A ET news report read t hat mobile phones attract excise duty of 1% and a 1% National Calamity and Contingency Duty if no central value added tax (CENVAT) credit on inputs used is claimed, while a 12.5% countervailing duty is levied on imported devices.
"The government has reinforced its commitment to promoting manufacturing in India by restoring the duty incentives to manufacturers of certain commodities," Sapra told ET.
Sustainable Manufacturing: Bayer Joins Manufacture 2030
“Advancing life - that's what we at Bayer are all about.” With this strong mission statement at the core of its operations, it seems fitting that the pharmaceutical and life science company has joined Manufacture 2030 to further promote inclusive growth and responsible use of resources.
For Bayer, the concept of means “providing more people across the world with access to health care and food security, and devising solutions to protect the environment, especially decarbonisation, climate adaptation, and biodiversity preservation.”
Bayer’s Ambitious Series of Sustainability Commitments
In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, Bayer’s ambitious sustainability targets to achieve by 2030 include:
- To reduce its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 42%, and absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions by 12%
- By 2030 the remaining emissions of Bayer’s operations will be fully offset by purchasing certificates from verified climate protection projects
“Given CO2 emissions are the main reason for climate change, Bayer is committed to making our business as resource efficient as possible, aiming to become carbon-neutral across our own operations by 2030. By partnering with Manufacture 2030 and their cloud-based platform, the Bee, we can better equip our operational teams with the know-how needed to reduce impacts, as well as track our site-level performance towards company targets. We are confident that by embedding innovative technologies like the Bee, we can play our part in protecting the climate,” said Thomas Gosmann, Head of Pharma Technology & Global Energy Manager at Bayer.
Bayer’s Five Year Partnership with Manufacture 2030
Over the next five years, Manufacture 2030 aims to help Bayer meet its targets, reducing SCope 1 and 2 emissions across Bayer’s 138 sites, and covering all three business units (pharmaceuticals, consumer health and crop science).
“We are delighted to be launching this new partnership with Bayer, helping them to achieve their Science Based Targets by reducing site-level environmental impacts. Helping people and the planet is at the heart of Bayer’s philosophy, as well as being an organisation full of expertise, so we are thrilled they have chosen our unique platform to aid them in continually improving the environmental sustainability of their business,” added Martin Chilcott, Founder and CEO at Manufacture 2030.
About Manufacture 2030
Manufacture 2030 - Founded in 2017 - is a trading brand of mission-driven private company . Manufacture 2030 pioneers new ways to drive sustainable proactive across the manufacturing and supply chain world by partnering with multiple brands and their suppliers to reduce environmental impacts.
Headquartered in the UK, the company’s platform and support services help suppliers and manufacturers in 50 countries around the world.
“We are a culturally diverse and energetic team, passionately committed to helping our clients and their suppliers achieve their carbon reduction commitments,” says Manufacture 2030.