| (A) SEZ Related Queries
Question: What are the incentive/facilities available for SEZ units?
15-year graded Income Tax Holiday
Exemption from Excise and Customs Duties
Exemption from Central Sales Tax / VAT
Exemption from Service Tax
Exemption from local taxes
Single Window Clearance
100% FDI through automatic route
Domestic Sales on payment of applicable duty
External commercial borrowings by units up to $ 500 million a year allowed
Freedom to bring in export proceeds without any time limit
Flexibility to keep 100% of export proceeds in EEFC account
Offshore banking unit
On-site custom house
Question: What are the facilities for Domestic suppliers
to Special Economic Zone?
Supplies from Domestic Tariff Area (DTA) to SEZ to be treated as physical
export. DTA supplier
would be entitled to :
Exemption from State Levies
Discharge of EP if any on the suppliers
Income Tax benefits as applicable to physical export under section 80
HHC of the Income Tax Act.
Question: Who monitor the functioning of the units in
Performance of the SEZ units monitored by a Unit Approval Committee consisting
of Development Commissioner, Custom and representative of State Govt.
on annual basis
Question: What is the role of Development Commissioner?
Development Commissioner is the nodal officer for SEZs and help in resolution
of problem, if any, faced by the units / developer.
Question: Will there be a Customs House in a SEZ?
Yes. There will be an on-site Customs House.
Question: What is the non-processing area (NPA) in a
The NPA is the area outside the bonded area within the SEZ earmarked
for residential, commercial and recreational development
Question: Are imports and exports faster from a SEZ?
Yes. Due to procedural ease as provided in the scheme and the on-site
Customs House, the turnaround time for imports and exports in a SEZ is
shorter. Loading and unloading costs are cheaper due to service tax exemptions.
Question: Routine examination of goods by customs in
the EOU is common. Will the same practice continue at
Customs examination is to the bare minimum. SEZ units function on self
Question: What is the Role of State Government?
State Government will have a very important Role to play in the establishment
Representative of the state Government, who is the member of the Inter-Ministerial
Committee on the Private SEZ, is consulted while considering the proposal.
Before recommending any proposal to the ministry of commerce and industry
(Dept of commerce) the state must satisfy themselves that they are in
a position to supply basic inputs like water, electricity etc
Question: What are the special features if we come to
the SEZ zone?
The unit would be entitled for a package of incentives and a simplified
Question: Can foreign Company set up in SEZ?
Question: Who is responsible for the maintenance of
The Developer of a SEZ is responsible for its maintenance
(B) Setting up a unit in SEZ?
Question: What are the rules that govern the setting
up of units in a SEZ in India ?
There are two documents that govern the setting up of units in a SEZ:
1. The SEZ Act of India, 2005
2. The SEZ rules 2006
These documents can be downloaded from the website www.sezindia.nic.in
Question: Is 100 % Foreign Direct Investment allowed
for setting up units in a SEZ?
Yes (except for a few prohibited list of industries eg. armaments, drugs
and such sensitive items)
Question: What is the approval mechanism for the units
to be set up in a SEZ?
All approvals are to be given by the Unit Approval Committee headed by
the Development Commissioner (DC). Clearance from the Department of Policy
and Promotion/Board of Approvals, wherever required will be obtained by
the Development Commissioner. A Letter of Approval to set up a unit in
a SEZ is issued by the DC, provided the unit meets all the criteria specified
in the Application. The Application form, can be downloaded from www.sezindia.nic.in
The procedure of application is detailed under Clause 17 of the SEZ Rules,
Question: What are the obligations of the Unit under
SEZ units have to achieve positive net foreign exchange earned over five
years i.e. Exports (FOB value of all exports) - Imports (CIF value of
all imports) > 0.
Please see Clause 53 of Chapter VI of the SEZ Rules, 2006 for a more
For this purpose, a Legal Undertaking is required to be executed by the
unit with the Development Commissioner
Any company set up with FDI has to be incorporated under the Indian Companies
Act with the Registrar of Companies for undertaking Indian operations
The units have to maintain proper records of accounting
Annual Performance Reports must be submitted to the Development Commissioner
The units are also to execute a bond with the zone Customs for their
operations in the SEZ
Question: Is any type of Industry permitted in SEZ?
Any type of industry can be located in a SEZ with the appropriate approvals
and clearances from the Pollution Control Board. Polluting industries
will be allowed to be set up only after scrutinizing the environmental
impact of the industry and the safe-guard measures adopted by the units.
This is entirely at the discretion of the management of ELDECO MIDC .
Question: Can units operate both in the domestic tariff
area (DTA) and SEZ area?
A company can set up units both in the SEZ and DTA, provided separate
accounting procedures are maintained by the units. A unit in the DTA cannot
export to itself in the SEZ.
Question: Can SEZ units sell to the domestic market?
Yes. SEZ units can sell goods and services, including rejects and scrap
or other by products of the manufacturing process in the domestic market
on payment of applicable customs and excise duties.
If one buy goods from DTA should they require to pay State Sales Tax
NO. State has exempted the sales from DTA to SEZ from local levies and
Question: Can SEZ units do job work for domestic companies
Yes. SEZ units can do contract work for domestic companies, provided
all raw material including semi-finished goods and consumables including
fuel is supplied by the DTA exporter. The finished goods must be directly
exported from the SEZ unit on behalf of the DTA exporter. The export document
is jointly in the name of the DTA unit and the SEZ unit. The DTA exporter
is eligible for refund of duty paid on the inputs by way of brand rate
of duty drawback.
Question: Can subcontracting be given to another SEZ
unit within the same SEZ or in another SEZ?
Question: Can SEZ units subcontract part of their production
process (e.g. finishing process) to units in the DTA?
Yes. SEZ units can subcontract to units in the DTA which are registered
with the excise department and also abroad with prior permission of the
Specified Officer given on an annual basis. The goods sent out for subcontracting
have to be returned to the SEZ within 120 days from the date of removal
or within a period as may be extended by the Special Officer in charge
of this procedure.
Question: Can goods be exported directly from the sub-contractor's
premises in the DTA?
Yes. Goods can be exported directly from the DTA unit provided it is
registered with the Central Excise Department. This is allowed only by
way of direct export and not through third parties.
Question: Are sales permitted from one unit to another
in a SEZ or from one SEZ to another?
Yes. Inter Unit Sales are permitted as per the Policy. Buyer procuring
from another unit pays in Foreign Exchange.
Question: Are existing labour laws applicable in a SEZ?
All existing labor laws are applicable in a SEZ. Labour in a SEZ will
be treated as a Public Utility Service.
Question: Are Local laws applicable in a SEZ?
Yes. Local laws are applicable in a SEZ unless specifically given exemption
by the State
Question: What about the Licenses for Imports?
No License is required for imports, including second hand machineries.
(C) Project Related Queries
Question: What is the size of the SEZ?
Sunstream City SEZ is 141 acre comprising processing and non processing
Question: Who is developing this SEZ?
Sunstream City SEZ is being developed by Ackruti City Ltd. And Muttha
Question: Where is "Sunstream City SEZ, IT/ITES
Sunstream City SEZ, IT/ITES SEZ is located in heart of Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Question: How far is the SEZ from the main city Mumbai
From the main city Mumbai the site is 1 km
Question: What is the availability of the Power in the
Uninterrupted power supply available from State Electricity Board Power
back up facilities available Dedicated Gas Based Power Generation Plant
within the SEZ
Question: What is the availability of the Water?
Ample amount of Potable water available in SEZ.