The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has sought public and industry feedback on a proposed amendment to Category 5B of the List of Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technologies (SCOMET) related to the export of drones and unmanned aircraft. (UAV) and General Authorization for the Export of Drones (GAED) and UAV .
“In an effort to simplify the policy for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/drones under the SCOMET List, a proposed policy amendment to the SCOMET List Category 5B and General Drone Export Authorization/ UAV (excluding software and technology) for specific types of drones/UAVs is offered. The same goes out for public/industry comment and feedback,” DGFT said.
Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technology (SCOMET) are dual-use items that can be used for both civilian and military applications. The export of items on the SCOMET list is governed by India’s foreign trade policy. To export SCOMET, the exporter must obtain a license from the General Directorate of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce.
Category 5B covers unmanned aerial vehicles, including cruise missiles, target drones, and reconnaissance drones, as well as related equipment and specially designed components.
In accordance with the policy, SCOMET authorization will not be required for the export and/or re-export of UAVs, including drones, unmanned aerial vehicles and autonomous programmable vehicles, not specified in the categories/subcategories SCOMET 3D013, 5B (a) & (b), 6A010 and 8A912. The vehicle must have a range equal to or less than 5 km and deliver a payload not exceeding 5 kg (excluding software and technology of these elements).
Comments on the draft GAED Policy and Procedure are invited and can be sent to [email protected] before September 15, 2022.
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