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  • Writer's pictureRajesh Audithyan

Are you an Indian Agro product exporter? Don't worry about Freight cost &Enjoy Cash benefits

Dear Friends,

As you aware, Normally Exporters always used to do lot of homework on customs clearance and Ocean /  air freight cost to work out and offer competitive CIF price. Especially in the case of Agro products exporters the scenario is too worst since they are not in position to bargain and negotiate better Freight due to lack of time and last minute rush to complete shipment. 

Now Indian Government has come out with a new scheme to support specified Agro products exporters by way of reimbursing a specified amount as a support under Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) recently. Most of the small and medium Agro products exporters are not aware of it. Refer below Notification and make use of it !!!

Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) for Specified Agriculture Products Notified 

Department of Commerce of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry has notified a scheme for Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) for Specified Agriculture Products.

2.      Introduction and Objective

i. The “Transport and Marketing Assistance” (TMA) for specified agriculture products scheme aims to provide assistance for the international component of freight and marketing of agricultural produce which is likely to mitigate disadvantage of higher cost of transportation of export of specified agriculture products due to trans-shipment and to promote brand recognition for Indian agricultural products in the specified overseas markets.

ii. The scheme would be suitably included in the Foreign Trade Policy (2015-20).

3.         Coverage

a. All exporters, duly registered with relevant Export Promotion Council as per Foreign Trade Policy, of eligible agriculture products shall be covered under this scheme.

b. The assistance, at notified rates, will be available for export of eligible agriculture products to the permissible countries, as specified from time to time.

4.         Applicability: The Scheme would be applicable for a period as specified from time to time.  Presently the Scheme would be available for exports effected from 1.3.2019 to 31.03.2020

5.         Eligibility of Products: The assistance will be provided on export of all agriculture products covered in HSN chapter 1 to 24 including marine and plantation products except those mentioned in Annexure (1).

6.         Pattern of Assistance

(a)        Assistance under TMA would be provided in cash through direct bank transfer as part reimbursement of freight paid. FOB supplies where no freight is paid by Indian exporters are not covered under this scheme.

(b)        The level of assistance would be different for different regions as notified from time to time for export of eligible products. List of export destinations/countries in each region eligible for assistance under TMA are mentioned in Annexure (2).

(c)        The assistance shall be admissible only if payments for the exports are received in Free Foreign Exchange through normal banking channels.

(d)       The scheme shall be admissible for the exports made through EDI ports only.

(e)        The scheme covers freight and marketing assistance for export by air as well as by sea (both normal and reefer cargo).           

(f)        For export of products by sea, TMA will be based on the freight paid for a full Twenty-feet Equivalent Unit (TEU) containers. The assistance will not be available for (i) Less than Container Load (LCL) and (ii) a container having both eligible and ineligible category of cargo. Further, no TMA is available where the cargo is shipped in bulk/break bulk mode. A forty feet container will be treated as two TEUs.

(g)        Assistance for products exported by air would be based on per ton freight charges on net weight of the export cargo, calculated on the full ton basis, ignoring any fraction thereof.

(h)        The assistance will be provided at the rates as notified in Annexure 3.

7.         Categories of export ineligible for TMA

The following exports categories / sectors shall be ineligible under this scheme:

i. Products exported from SEZs/ EOUs/ EHTPs/ STPs/ BTPs/ FTWZs

ii. SEZ/EOU/EHTPs/STPs/BTPs/FTWZs products exported through DTA units

iii. Export of imported goods covered under paragraph 2.46 of the FTP;

iv. Exports through trans-shipment, i.e. exports that are originating in third country but trans- shipped through India;

v. Items, which are restricted or prohibited for export under Schedule-2 of Export Policy in ITC (HS), unless specifically notified.

vi. Export products which are subject to Minimum Export Price or export duty, unless specifically notified.

vii. Export of goods through courier or foreign post offices using e-Commerce

8.         Procedure for Availing Assistance under the Scheme

TMA would be reimbursed through the Regional Authorities of DGFT as per the procedure laid down in Chapter 7(A) of Handbook of Procedures (2015-2020). 

9.         Mechanism for Scrutiny of the claims, audit, recovery and penal action.

DGFT will lay down procedure for scrutiny of the claims, audit of the payments made, recovery of the ineligible/excess paid assistance, interest on such recoveries.  The defaulters shall be liable for penal action under the provisions of Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act, 1992, Rules and orders made thereunder.

Annexure (2)

List of Export destinations/countries in each region under TMA

List of Regions and Export destinations/countries in each region eligible for assistance under TMA are as under:


Country Name

West Africa

Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Niger, Cape Verde, Nigeria


Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City


Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

North America

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America


Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Russia & CIS

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Far East

Japan, North Korea, South Korea


Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


PRC China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

South America

Argentina, Bolivia,      Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,      Guyana, Peru, Paraguay, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

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