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Govt seeks higher trade position in boosting exports

Having hit a month-to-month document of $35.7 billion in October, merchandise exports dropped beneath the $30-billion mark in November. Exports nonetheless registered a 26.5% rise in November from a 12 months earlier than however it was the bottom progress fee this fiscal.

The commerce ministry has requested state-backed export councils and key trade our bodies to work extra carefully with varied authorities departments and abroad missions, and recommend, by way of analysis and research, “relevant areas for intervention”, as a part of its broader effort to grasp the lofty $400-billion export goal for FY22.

Having efficiently weathered the injury brought on by two Covid waves, Indian exporters face recent uncertainties now from the emergence of a brand new Covid variant in Africa that may additional disrupt the already-burdened international provide chains.

For its half, the ministry is planning to herald a brand new set of reforms to invigorate particular financial zones (SEZs), as soon as thought-about to be drivers of export progress in future, underneath an “SEZ-plus” initiative, an official supply advised FE. The new plan may embody revised norms for SEZs to promote within the home market at decrease duties and simpler exit route for loss-making companies in these duty-free enclaves.

The ministry additionally needs trade to benefit from varied production-linked incentive schemes and establish areas of advantages from potential free commerce agreements with key economies. It additionally needs export our bodies to boost the problem of non-tariff limitations posed by any nation in order that New Delhi can put in place applicable retaliatory measures. At the identical time, it has requested trade our bodies to be “vocal about local” and extra proactive of their strategy to bolster exports.

Commerce and trade minister Piyush Goyal, who has already held scores of conferences with varied state-run in addition to trade our bodies, has additionally proposed to scale back the compliance burden of India Inc, which is able to assist enhance exports as properly.

In September, the federal government additionally determined to launch `56,027 crore to clear all of the pending dues owed to exporters till FY21 underneath varied schemes to ease any liquidity crunch. A significant a part of the funds can be launched within the final quarter of this fiscal.

Merchandise exports fluctuated between $250 billion and $330 billion since FY11; the very best export of $330 billion was achieved in FY19. In the primary eight months of this fiscal, exports hit as a lot as $262.5 billion. However, a slowdown in export progress in November, amid persistent bottlenecks within the international supply-chain akin to elevated transport prices and container scarcity, brings to the fore new dangers.

Having hit a month-to-month document of $35.7 billion in October, merchandise exports dropped beneath the $30-billion mark in November. Exports nonetheless registered a 26.5% rise in November from a 12 months earlier than however it was the bottom progress fee this fiscal.

Adding to exporters’ woes, some international locations in Europe, a serious market, have already imposed journey and different curbs within the wake of the emergence of the brand new Covid pressure, which final week led the World Trade Organization to defer its ministerial assembly. China, one other key marketplace for India, has additionally seen a surge in Covid instances of late. While some consultants have steered towards undue anxiousness over the ferocity of the brand new variant, some others have suggested a cautious strategy.

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