CHAPTER-49

Printed books, newspaper, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans

Notes :

1. This Chapter does not cover :

(a) Photographic negatives or positives on transparent bases (Chapter 37) ;
(b) Maps, plans or globes, in relief, whether or not printed (heading 90 23) ;
(c) Playing cards or other goods of Chapter 95 ; or
(d) Original engravings, prints or lithographs (heading 9702), postage or revenue stamps, stamp-postmarks, first-day covers, postal stationery or the like of heading 97 04, antiques of an age exceeding one hundred years or other articles of Chapter 97

2. For the purposes of chapter 49, the term “printed” also means reproduced by means of a duplicating machine, produced under the control of an data processing machine, embossed, photographed, photocopied, thermocopied or typewritten

3. Newspapers, journals and periodicals which are bound otherwise than in paper, and sets of newspapers, journals or periodicals comprising more than one number under a single cover are to be classified in heading 49 01, whether or not containing advertising material

4. Heading 49 01 also covers :

(a) A collection of printed reproductions of, for example, works of art or drawings, with a relative text, put up with numbered pages in a form suitable for binding into one or more volumes ;
(b) A pictorial supplement accompanying, and subsidiary to, a bound volume ; and
(c) Printed parts of books or booklets, in the form of assembled or separate sheets or signatures, constituting the whole or a part of a complete work and designed for binding

However, printed pictures or illustrations not bearing a text, whether in the form of signatures or separate sheets, fall in heading 4911

5. Subject to Note 3 to this Chapter, heading 4901 does not cover publications which are essentially devoted to advertising (for example, brochures, pamphlets, leaflets, trade catalogues, year books published by trade associations, tourist propaganda). Such publications are to be classified in heading 4911.

6. For the purpose of heading 4903, the expression “Children’s picture books” means books for children in which the pictures form the principal interest and the text is subsidiary.

 

Supplementary Notes:

For the purposes of tariff item 49070030, “Information Technology software” means any representation of instructions, data, sound or image, including source code and object code, recorded in a machine readable form, and capable of being manipulated or providing interactivity to a user, by means of an automatic data processing machine.

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Exim Code

Item Description

Policy

Policy Conditions

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4901

Printed books, brochures, leaflets and similar printed matter, whether or not in single sheets

4901 10

In single sheets, whether or not folded :

 

 

4901 10 10

Printed books

 Free

 

4901 10 20

Pamphlets, booklets, brochures, leaflets and similar printed matter
Other :

 Free

 

4901 91 00

Dictionaries and encyclopaedias, and serial installments thereof

 Free

 

4901 99 00

Other

 Free

 

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4902

Newspapers, journals and periodicals, whether or not illustrated or containing advertising material

4902 10

Appearing at least four times a week :

 

 

4902 10 10

Newspapers

 Free

 

4902 10 20

Journals and periodicals

 Free

 

4902 90

Other :

 

 

4902 90 10

Newspapers

 Free

 

4902 90 20

Journals and periodicals

 Free

 

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4903

Children's picture, drawing or colouring books

4903 00

Children's picture, drawing or colouring books

 

 

4903 00 10

Picture books

 Free

 

4903 00 20

Drawing or colouring books

 Free

 

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4904

Music, printed or in manuscript, whether or not bound or illustrated

4904 00 00

Music, printed or in manuscript, whether or not bound or illustrated

 Free

 

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4905

Maps and hydrographic or similar charts of all kinds, including atlases, wall maps, topographical plans and globes, printed.

4905 10 00

Globes
Other :

 Free

 

4905 91 00

4905 99

In book form
Other:

 Free

 

4905 99 10

Geographical, hydrological, astrological maps or charts

 Free

 

4905 99 90

Others

 Free

 

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4906

Plans and drawings for architectural, engineering, industrial, commercial, topographical or similar purposes, being originals drawn by hand; hand-written texts; photographic reproductions on sensitised paper and carbon copies of the foregoing.

4906 00 00

Plans and drawings for architectural, engineering, industrial, commercial, topographical or similar purposes, being originals drawn by hand; hand-written texts; photographic reproductions on sensitised paper and carbon copies of the foregoing.

 Free

 

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4907

Unused postage, revenue or similar stamps of current or new issue in the country in which they have, or will have, a recognized face value; stamp-impressed paper; bank-notes; cheque forms; stock, share or bond certificates and similar documents of title.

4907 00

Unused postage, revenue or similar stamps of current or new issue in the country in which they have, or will have, a recognized face value; stamp-impressed paper; bank-notes; cheque forms; stock, share or bond certificates and similar documents of title.

 

 

4907 00 10

Unused postage, revenue or similar stamps of current or new issue in the country in which they have, or will have, a recognized face value

 Restricted

 

4907 00 20

Bank notes

 Restricted

 Import by banks and dealers authorised by RBI will not require a licence by DGFT. Other condition of RBI will apply.

4907 00 30

Documents of title conveying the right to use Information Technology Software

 Free

 

4907 00 90

Other

 Restricted

 

 

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4908

Transfers (decalcomanias)

4908 10 00

Transfers (decalcomanias), vitrifiable

 Free

 

4908 90 00

Other

 Free

 

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4909

Printed or illustrated postcards; printed cards bearing personal greetings, messages or announcements, whether or not illustrated, with or without envelopes or trimmings.

4909 00

Printed or illustrated postcards; printed cards bearing personal greetings, messages or announcements, whether or not illustrated, with or without envelopes or trimmings.

 

 

4909 00 10

Greetings or Wedding cards

 Free

 

4909 00 90

Other

 Free

 

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4910

Calendars of any kind, printed, including calendar blocks

4910 00

Calendars of any kind, printed, including calendar blocks

 

 

4910 00 10

Advertising Calender

 Free

 

4910 00 90

Other

 Free

 

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4911

Other printed matter, including printed pictures and photographs.

4911 10

Trade advertising material, commercial catalogues and the like :

 

 

4911 10 10

Posters, printed

 Free

 

4911 10 20

Commercial catalogues

 Free

 

4911 10 30

Printed inlay cards

 Free

 

4911 10 90

Other
Other :

 Free

 

4911 91 00

Pictures, designs and photographs

 Free

 

4911 99

Other:

 

 

4911 99 10

Hard copy (printed) of computer software

 Free

 

4911 99 20

Plan and drawings for architectural engineering, industrial, commercial, topographical or similar purposes reproduced with the aid of computer or any other devices

 Free

 

4911 99 90

Other

 Free

 

 

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