Updated: Oct 29, 2018
The central government has exempted the Basic customs duty (BCD) and goods and services tax (GST) on goods imported or supplied to support the relief operations in flood-hit Kerala.
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted on the relaxation on taxes on goods imported to Kerala on Monday. "India stands with Kerala in this hour of need. Central Government is exempting basic customs duty and IGST for the consignments of aid and relief materials being dispatched or imported from abroad for the affected people,"
The tax exemptions will be valid till December 31, 2018.
The notification to this effect will be later placed in the next meeting of the GST Council.
''Sources said the finance ministry has proposed to issue a "general exemption" notification under a section of Customs Act to exempt goods from Basic Customs Duty and IGST, which are "imported/supplied for donation for the relief and rehabilitation of the people of Kerala affected by the floods".