Govt. to ease exporting rules so etailers can sell more

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Back in March this year, online exporters claimed there were too many limits. This makes selling globally a complex task. The government has been paying careful attention to complaints from ecommerce exporters because it plans to revamp the export framework governing foreign retail by etailers. This will be part of its National Action Plan for Trade Facilitation. To assist Indian ecommerce entities like Myntra, Snapdeal and others specializing in handicraft and garments with global selling the government is considering measures like:

  • Including a complete switchover to online filing systems
  • Doing away with the cap of Rs.25,000 on a purchase

Easing online retail exporting

In Mumbai, the government has already launched a pilot that will be extended to other customs ports. But, etailers can expect more. A senior finance ministry official said,

“A number of steps have been identified to make it easier for the ecommerce sector to trade.”

Exports carried out through online marketplaces usually depend on couriers and in spite of small packages being shipped, tons of paperwork needs to be filled out and submitted. This makes the whole process cumbersome.

The couriers are aggregators for online retailers. And, with multiple little packages up for delivery, unlike in case of traditional bulk exporting, there is a lot of paperwork required ports. And the forms and documents for each product need to be done separately.

The revised rules may allow – a single submission for all their packages. This can help speed up the trade process.

The official mentioned earlier said, “The idea is to simplify the process and take it online.” He also stated that the Rs.25,000 per package cap may be substantially enhanced to even removed shortly.

This limit is applicable on goods sent through courier companies which lobbied government issues on these issues. Presently, these are being sent out as samples from the handloom and garment sectors. These are eligible for export incentives under the commerce and industry ministry.

Other pressing issues on hand are pending payments and inconsistent charges. Is the government prioritizing ecommerce problems appropriately online sellers? 

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