The Customs Act, 1962
28A. POWER NOT TO RECOVER DUTIES NOT LEVIED OR SHORT-LEVIED AS A RESULT OF GENERAL PRACTICE. –
1[28A. Power not to recover duties not levied or short-levied as a result of general practice.—2[(1)] Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, if the Central Government is satisfied—
(a) that a practice was, or is, generally prevalent regarding levy of duty (including non-levy thereof) on any goods imported into, or exported from, India; and
(b) that such goods were, or are, liable—
(i) to duty, in case where according to the said practice the duty was not, or is not being, levied, or
(ii) to a higher amount of duty than what was, or is being, levied according to the said practice,
then, the Central Government may by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that the whole of the duty payable on such goods, or, as the case may be, the duty in excess of that payable on such goods, but for the said practice, shall not be required to be paid in respect of the goods on which the duty was not, or is not being, levied, or was, or is being, short-levied, in accordance with the said practice.]
3[(2) Where any notification, under sub-section (1) in respect of any goods has been issued, the whole of the duty paid on such goods, or, as the case may be, the duty paid in excess of that payable on such goods, which would not have been paid if the said notification had been in force, shall be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 27:
Provided that the person claiming the refund of such duty or, as the case may be, excess duty, makes an application in this behalf to the 4[Assistant Commissioner of Customs or Deputy Commissioner of Customs], in the form referred to in sub-section (1) of section 27, before the expiry of six months from the date of issue of the said notification.]
1. Ins. by Act 25 of 1978, sec. 7 (w.e.f. 1-7-1978).
2. Section 28A re-numbered as sub-section (1), thereof by Act 29 of 1988, sec. 3 (w.e.f. 1-7-1988).
3. Subs. by Act 40 of 1991, sec. 11, for sub-section (2) (w.e.f. 20-9-1991). Earlier sub-section (2) was inserted by Act 29 of 1988, sec. 3 (w.e.f. 1-7-1988).
4. Subs. by Act 27 of 1999, sec. 100, for “Assistant Commissioner of Customs” (w.e.f. 11-5-1999). Earlier the words “Assistant Commissioner of Customs” were substituted by Act 22 of 1995, sec. 50, for the words “Assistant Collector of Customs” (w.e.f. 26-5-1995).