GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

NEW DELHI, Feb 6 (FAM) – The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) has criticised new service tax rules introduced with insufficient notice in India this month, arguing that the 4.5% import freight charges should be collected at destination in India from consignees rather than by international forwarders or shippers.

The amendments, referred to as the ‘Service Tax (Amendment) Rules, 2017’, remove an exemption for freight prepaid shipments and came into force on 22 January 2017 – “only 10 days after publication and with too little time for the trade to react and deal with any changes”, FIATA noted.