Social welfare surcharge (SWS)

Chennai Customs has raised an audit query that ‘Social Welfare Surcharge (SWS)’ cannot be debited in the MEIS/SEIS Licence. They have started issuing notices to importers demanding payment of SWS duty. 

But the Customs EDI System itself does not have the option to debit only the Basic Duty in MEIS/SEIS Licence. This point has been raised with the Chennai Customs & they have put up with ‘Director General Systems’ to make the necessary amends in the Customs EDI System. 

Other Custom Houses may follow suit & start issuing notices to importers, demanding payment of SWS Duty.