Government of India allows export of bio-fuels from special economic zones, EoUs

The government of India has allowed export of bio-fuels from special economic zones (SEZs) and export-oriented units (EoUs) with certain conditions, according to a notice of the directorate general of foreign trade.

In August 2018, the government had imposed restrictions on export of bio-fuels for non-fuel purposes. After this restriction, exporters operating from SEZs and EoUs had made representations to remove this prohibition stating they only use imported material for export of final product.

They also informed government authorities that SEZ units have been granted letter of approval for export of bio-fuels and EoU units have obligations to fulfil under an export promotion scheme.

“Considering the hardship faced by the trade community and the fact that production of bio-fuels in EoU/SEZ would be from imported feedstock, therefore, it would not impact the domestic production/consumption. Hence, the restriction as applicable to DTA (domestic tariff area) may not be extended to EoU/SEZ,” the DGFT notice said.

SEZs and EoUs are export-oriented units outside the ambit of domestic customs laws.

“Members of trade and industry are informed that export of bio-fuels for non-fuel purposes from EoU/SEZ will be regulated” under certain rules of SEZs and foreign trade policy, it added. It said that the feedstock for production of bio-fuel for export from these areas should be from imported sources only.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at

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