Introduced on 1st March 2019, the Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) scheme is issued by the Government of India (GOI) for agricultural products. The objective behind this scheme is to reduce the expenses of transportation of goods, referred to as freight, an integral element of today’s international trading system.
Under the TMA Scheme, the freight cost is reimbursed by the government to a specified limit resulting in increasing competitiveness of Indian products in the global market. The Transport and Marketing Assistance scheme, as the name suggests, also provides several benefits for the marketing of agricultural products. It helps with the promotion of brands and maintains recognition for Indian products in the global market.
Who is eligible for applying to the TMA Scheme?
Under this scheme, all the exporters of agricultural products that are eligible and registered with the relevant Export Promotion Council, as per the Foreign Trade Policy are covered.
The Transport and Marketing Scheme intends to reimburse the part of the amount of freight paid by the exporter (by sea or air). Also, the cost involved in marketing and promotion of the product is considered for reimbursement.
What are the terms and conditions to be considered under the TMA Scheme?
The TMA Scheme covers the Shipping cost on the basis of the freight paid for Twenty-feet Equivalent Unit (TEU) containers.
The benefits under the TMA Scheme can’t be claimed for LCL containers, i.e., lease than container load and for a vessel that contains both, eligible and ineligible cargo. The TMA is inapplicable where the cargo is shipped in bulk or break-bulk mode.
Take into consideration that a forty-foot container would be acknowledged as two TEUs.
For export products that are exported by air, the assistance will be based on a per kilogram basis.
The payment for exports is received in Foreign Exchange through normal banking channels, which is the only condition to get assistance.
Exports permissible under the TMA Scheme are only the exports that are made through EDI Ports.
The assistance under the TMA Scheme will be delivered in cash through a direct bank transfer as a part of the reimbursement for the freight paid by the exporter.
For the exports where there’s no freight paid, such as in the FOB supplies, the TMA Scheme benefits can’t be claimed.
What are the categories ineligible under the TMA Scheme?
Following are the categories that are ineligible for the Transport and Marketing Assistance Scheme benefits:
Products exported from SEZs/ EOUs/ EHTPs/ STPs/ BTPs/ FTWZs
SEZ/EOU/EHTPs/STPs/BTPs/FTWZs products exported through DTA units
Export of imported goods, covered under paragraph 2.46 of the FTP
Exports through trans-shipment, i.e., exports that are originating in the third country but trans-shipped through India
Exported items are restricted or prohibited for export under Schedule-2 of Export Policy in ITC (HS) unless specifically notified
Export of goods through courier or foreign post offices using e-Commerce
How can the Gurus assist you in claiming the TMA Scheme’s benefits?
The DGFT Gurus have Import Export experts having a firm client-base across India for over 30 years. Our team extends our expert consultancy services for various DGFT related schemes such as MEIS, SEIS, DFIA, RoSCTL, TMA, RoDTEP, Advance Authorisation, and many more.
Below are the steps that would help you to apply and claim benefits under the TMA Scheme:
We collect the documents, your shipping bills, copies, E-BRCs, commercial invoices, bill of lading, or airway bills.
Further, our team analyses the documents and prepares the online application.
After preparing the online application, a copy would be mailed to you for confirmation and to maintain transparency.
After approval of the online application from your side, it will be submitted by us online. And you’ll be provided with manual documents for signatures.
Afterward, we’ll be submitting the documents to the DGFT and would keep in touch to take regular follow-ups from the DGFT and concerned authorities.
When the application is approved by the DGFT, it provides a pre-receipt copy. The print of the same is shared with you and further, we continue taking follow-ups regularly with the DGFT till the benefit amount is credited to your account.
Why the DGFT Gurus?
30+ Years of Experience, dedicated team of DGFT Experts
You can either refer to the Public Notice. 82/2015-20/ released on 29th March 2019 to check the benefits under TMA Scheme. Or you can simply share the documents with DGFT Guru. We will verify the documents for you, prepare an excel report of eligible benefits and provide top-notch consultation on the same.
The exporters applying for the TMA Scheme have to apply for it online at http://dgft.gov.in. The TMA application will be made on a quarterly basis.
A registered exporter having valid RCMC can file for the TMA Scheme.
In the first application, the exporter has to choose the option of “RA’s” headed by Additional DGFT. Please note that further changes will not be allowed in future claims.
Applicants have to make an application on a quarterly basis within one year from the completion of a quarter in a single bunch. There are no late-cut provisions applicable to this scheme.
The E-BRC’s, CA Certificate, Shipping bills, and Bill of Lading, are the required documents and have to be submitted physically.
The applicant has to fill manually the ANF 7(A) A within 30 days and submit a physical PDF copy of the same.
The Non-submission of a physical copy of the application with prescribed documents within 30 days after filing an online application, the incomplete or deficient application shall result in non-acceptance; therefore, the application shall be rejected.