A guide to Letter of Undertaking (LUT) and its role in exporting from India

Exporters are required to furnish Letter of Understanding (LUT) on the GST portal to export their products from India without the payment of IGST. Here’s a complete guide for exporters on LUT under GST.
Letter of Undertaking
In export trade, one of the key documents that is required before selling internationally is Letter of Undertaking (LUT). All registered exporters who are currently exporting or intend to start their export journey are required to submit Letter of Undertaking on the GST portal. This enables them to export their products without the payment of IGST (Integrated Goods and Services Tax).

What is a Letter of Undertaking (LUT)?

An exporter requires a Letter of Undertaking, which acts as a guarantee given by the bank of the importer to the bank of the exporter. This enables the exporter to conduct transactions involving zero rated supply to SEZ without payment of IGST and export of goods to a country outside India without payment of IGST1.

What is a Letter of Undertaking (LUT) in GST?

When an exporter wants to export products and claim a GST refund, it becomes mandatory to submit an LUT, as per the Central Goods and Service Act 2017. Once filed, the Letter of Undertaking is valid for that particular financial year2. Hence, unlike the refund process, an exporter does not need to go through the procedural requirements every time an export consignment is carried out.

Benefits of using a Letter of Undertaking in GST

1. A Letter of Undertaking eliminates blocking of funds by way of tax payments, and thus, exporters do not have to apply for refunds.
2. By filing an LUT, an exporter can export goods or services without the burden of immediate tax payment.
3. Exporters filing for a Letter of Undertaking are not required to provide additional bank guarantees to the importer.

Documents required to file Letter of Undertaking (LUT) under GST

Some of the documents required are4:

• PAN card of export business
IEC certificate
• GST registration certificate
• Two witnesses with their address proof and PAN
• Cancelled cheque of the exporter’s current account
• Aadhar card of exporter
• GST RDF 11 form
• Copy of GST registration
• KYC of the authorized person
• Authorized letter

Step-by-step process to file a Letter of Undertaking

1. Login to the GST portal.
2. Click on the services tab. Select ‘users services’ and then, select furnish ‘Letter of Undertaking (LUT)’.
3. Select the financial year for which the Letter of Undertaking is applied for from the ‘LUT Applied for Financial Year’ drop-down list.
4. Fill the required details on the form.
5. Check preview and ensure all the details filled are appropriate.
6. Post this, you are required to sign and submit the form. You can sign the application using the registered Digital Signature Certificate of the selected authorized signatory. You can also sign and file with EVC (you will receive OTPs to the registered mobile number and email address).
7. Once done, submit the form. You will see an acknowledgement on the screen. You can download it for future reference2.
Once you have obtained LUT, it is important to check and obtain other required export documents and certificates depending on your product category and destination country or marketplace. Post that, you can easily export across the world using ecommerce without having to setup a physical store or establishment internationally.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of Letter of Undertaking?
Letter of Undertaking is a document that exporters file to export products without having to pay taxes – Integrated Goods & Services Tax (IGST). Under GST, all exports are subject to IGST, which can later be reclaimed via a refund against the tax paid. However, by obtaining an LUT, an exporter can avoid paying tax and thus, there is no requirement of claiming returns.
What is the validity of the Letter of Undertaking?
The validity of an LUT is one year – the financial year in which it has been filed.
What happens if a tax official does not process a LUT application?
If a LUT application is not processed by a tax official, or the tax official does not issue any notice for clarification within three working days, then the application will be deemed approved. The status of the LUT application changes to ‘Deemed Approved’1.
Published on May 13, 2022.


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