Government of India has waived import duty on a wide range of items and sports goods, which are required to be imported for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. However, there is a rider on this relaxation. Goods not consumed will have to be exported in 90 days from the last day of the tournament.
The Central Government has decided to exempt sports items and a wide range of goods for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup from import duty leviable along with the integrated tax levied under the GST. Central Board of Excise and Customs(CBEC) has issued a notice to this effect.
“All sports goods, sports equipment and sports requisites; fitness equipments; team uniform/clothing; spares, accessories and consumables of the same will be exempt from the whole of the duty of customs leviable subject to certain conditions,” the notice read.
The notification further states that the importers will have to furnish undertakings that all the goods, excluding gift items, souvenirs, and mementos will be re-exported within three months of conclusion of the World Cup.
Doping control equipment, first aid kits, satellite phones/GPS, dining/kitchen items, and office consumables, are also among the goods that have been exempted from the import duty.
Broadcast equipment and supplies used in organising and during the event imported by FIFA Host Broadcasters too fall in the exemption list.
The first FIFA event to be held in India from October 6 will witness 52 matches across six Indian cities.
The final is scheduled for October 28 at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.
New Delhi, Margao, Kochi, Guwahati and Navi Mumbai are the other venues.