Govt unveils export sops in trade policy

Category: International Trade Sub-category: Export Import Procedures
Document type: news

18-Oct-2011 | 18:15 IST | Edited by: Abhishek Sikdar

SPECIAL BONUS BENEFIT SCHEME: Concession on duty rates on imports to the tune of 1% of export value (freight on board) to 50 products in engineering, pharma and chemical sectors

SPECIAL FOCUS MARKET SCHEME: Concession of 1% of value of freight-on-board exports for exporting to countries in South America, Africa and Confederation of Independent States

SUPPORT TO APPAREL SECTOR: Apparel sector exports will get benefits to the tune of 2% of their exports to the US and EU

FOCUS PRODUCT SCHEME: Concession of 2% of freight-on-board value of exports

MARKET-LINKED FOCUS PRODUCT SCHEME: Scrip to the tune of 2% of freight-on-board value of exports

Given apprehensions of a slowdown in exports due to foreign headwinds, the government on Thursday announced a slew of measures to boost exports from the high-value engineering, pharma and chemical sectors as well as traditional textile items.

The measures, declared by commerce minister Anand Sharma at a review of the Foreign Trade Policy, will have revenue implications of Rs 800-900 crore this fiscal. Along with a two per cent interest subvention on rupee export credit to some labour intensive sectors announced by the Reserve Bank two days back, these measures together will hit the exchequer by Rs 1,700 crore this fiscal.

Commerce secretary Rahul Khullar said "I have taken up the issue of extending a scheme for the import of capital goods at zero duty for exports of certain items and the status-holder incentive scheme beyond March 31, 2012 with the finance minister."

Sharma said the finance minister had agreed to the idea and a decision is expected soon. He said a committee was set up to address the issue of dollar availability for exporters. The committee comprises the secretaries of finance, commerce and financial services.

The measures annnounced on Thursday include providing scrips to the value of one per cent of the freight-on-board value of exports, which could be used while importing goods. The special bonus benefit scheme will be provided to the engineering, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors.

The scheme would be effective from October 1 to March 31, 2012. Engineering goods were the success story of robust exports during the first six months of this fiscal, growing 103 per cent at more than $42 billion.