US, EU, Canada see red on India raising pulses tariff

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Feb 22, 2018

New Delhi: India’s decision to raise the import duty on pulses has irked top farm produce exporting countries, including Canada, Australia, the EU and the US. At the World Trade Organisation, they have raised questions over Delhi’s claims of achieving food security objectives.

According to a Geneva-based trade official, India has responded saying the recent increase in tariff was based on the demand-supply equation and that it did not breach WTO rules.

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Relief for exporters: Higher duty drawback rates to offset taxes

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Dec 06, 2017

New Delhi: Exporters hit by the sharp decrease in duty drawback rates on various items following implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime would soon get some relief as the government is finalising higher rates to compensate for embedded taxes.

“The GK Pillai committee has worked out the new structure of duty drawback which would take into account embedded taxes on inputs on which credit is not available. It will be finalised once the Finance Ministry approves it,” a government official told BusinessLine.

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Government tightens routes for trade based money laundering

Source: The Economic Times, Dec 02, 2016

NEW DELHI: The government has tightened an oft-used route for trade-based money laundering.a Issuance of remittances or opening of letter of credit in trade will now be done electronically involving the Reserve Bank of India, banks and customs authorities.

The move comes after the Directorate of Intelligence detected a major laundering case in which traders submitted same documents in multiple banks to transfer funds abroad against imports.

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Trade documentation simplified

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Mar 12, 2015

New Delhi: Exporters and importers will now need just three mandatory documents each to carry out their business, cutting down significantly on transaction time and cost.

The reduction in mandatory documentation requirement, notified by the government on Thursday, marks a huge improvement over the earlier dispensation. As many as seven mandatory documents were required for exports and 10 documents for imports in India, as per the World Bank’s 2015 Report.

The reduction in documentation is also expected to improve India’s ranking in the ‘trading across borders’ component of the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ report, where the country was ranked 126 of 189 countries last year, an official release of the Commerce Ministry said.

Exporters and importers will now be required to provide the bill of lading/airway bill and the commercial invoice cum packing list. The third compulsory document for exporters is the shipping bill or bill of export while for importers the third document is the bill of entry.

Government targets $340 billion exports this year

Source: The Economic Times, Nov 26, 2014

NEW DELHI: Government has fixed an export target of $340 billion for the current fiscal, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today.

Exports had registered a growth of 4.7 per cent at $314.4 billion in the previous fiscal.

Japan and the US contributed 1.84 per cent and 13.75 per cent respectively to total exports during April-September period of the current year, Sitharaman said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Growth rate of exports entered the negative zone after a gap of six months, declining 5.04 per cent in October due to a dip in shipments from engineering, pharma and gems and jewellery.

In a separate reply, she said that the long-term vision of the government is to increase India’s exports of merchandise and services from present level of $464.1 billion to about $900 billion by 2018-19 (CAGR of about 14 per cent) and take India’s share of global exports to above 3 per cent. “An aggressive product promotion strategy for high value items that have a strong manufacturing base is the main focus of the overall growth strategy.

“The core of the market strategy is to retain presence and market share in traditional markets, move up the value chain in providing export products in the developed countries’ markets; and open up new vistas, both in terms of markets and new products in these new markets,” she added. The focus sectors have been identified as pharmaceuticals, electronics, automobiles, leather, gems and jewellery and textile sectors to boost shipments.

“Focus of the strategy is to penetrate into the markets in Asia (including ASEAN), Africa and Latin America to strengthen our presence in newly opened up markets. At the same time our aim would be to deepen engagement in the older markets,’ she added. Top ten destinations of Indian exports during the first half of the fiscal are: USA, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, UK, Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands.

Apparel exports register growth of 17.6% in April-September 2014

Source: IBEF.org, Oct 29, 2014

New Delhi: The 22nd edition of India Market Days was inaugurated at Apparel House, Gurgaon, yesterday, by Mr. Shri Sudhir Sekhri, Chairman Export Promotion (EP), AEPC, along with, EC member and Shri Puneet Kumar, Secretary General, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), in the presence of international buyers, participants and AEPC officials.

Highlighting the export performance, Shri Virender Uppal, Chairman AEPC in his message stated that “garment exports are on the sustained path of growth and we have incurred 17.6% growth in this fiscal. Exports in dollar terms for the month of September 2014 stood 1.3 billion registering 16% growth. The cumulative April- September of the Financial Year 2014-15 has increased by 17.6 per cent over the same period of previous FY and reached to USD 8.3 billion, which is good performance.” He further noted that increasing labour cost in China, non-compliance of large number of factories in Bangladesh, high rate of inflation, currency appreciation, etc with the competing countries have provided India a big opportunity in view of its relative advantage.

A small push from the Government with its policy support may help India to get more business as overseas buyers are looking at India as safe and reliable option for the sourcing. But to capture the space in market left by China and Bangladesh, we have to be competitive in pricing, apart from meeting strict timelines, better quality delivery by Indian exporters, Shri Uppal added. Read the rest of this entry »

Centre asks states to appoint commissioners to boost exports

Source: The Economic Times, Aug 26, 2014

NEW DELHI: Seeking to involve state governments in boosting country’s exports, the Centre has asked them to appoint export commissioners to step up efforts to boost shipments.

The export commissioner would help in ensuring easing of bottlenecks and development of infrastructure through appropriate allocation of plan resources, an official said.

The Commerce Ministry has made several efforts in the past few months to mainstream the states so that they focus on boosting exports.

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