Saturday, 22 June 2013

Olive Oil Import

Olive oil and Olive Pomace oil imports to India rose 66% in 2012-13 to 11,916.8 metric tonnes (MT) compared to 7163 MT in 2011-12.

With a growth of 66%, India is ranked No. 1 in the world for olive oil import growth. Data for the last six months of the last fiscal (October, 2012 - March, 2013) shows India outstripping Japan placed at No.2 with 29%, China at No.3 with 17% and Brazil at No.4 with 16%.

The growth rate comes despite a price increase of more than 40% during last year in producer countries. 

Indian Tea Export Problems and Solutions

Foreign buyers can now rest assured about the quality of Indian tea. Tea Board of India has put in place a system of random testing of teas meant for exports to ensure that only the varieties that comply with the standards set by Food Safety & Standard Authority of India enter global markets. The measure comes at a time when Indian tea is facing competition in the world market from Kenyan tea.

Tea Board has taken firm steps to protect and enhance the image of Indian tea globally, and to ensure that the tea worthy of the tagline 'Indian tea' is exported. This comes on the backdrop of various quality issues that have cropped up in recent years

In 2012-13, India exported 220.46 million kg of tea at a total consideration of Rs 3,962.92 crore. The country imported 17.88 million kg of tea in FY13.

Tea Board of India has established two councils -- one for north India and the other for the south that will monitor the online tracking system of all exports and imports and ensure that quality norms are enforced. 

According to the scheme, a permanent exporter or importer will have to log on to a web address designed by NSE.IT two days ahead of the shipment date. In the case of a temporary exporter or importer, the person will have to log in 10 days ahead of the shipment. The system will randomly select the application and an inspection agency will inspect the samples. The inspection agency, which in this case is the Tea Research Association, will take a call on the quality.

Kenyan production is almost up by 50 million kg and the African country is offering tea to the world market at a cheaper price

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Why exporters love DEPB

Why exporters love DEPB
Business Standard
A K Bhattacharya / New Delhi July 5, 2011, 0:38 IST

The exporting community has made no secret of its opposition to the government’s plan to discontinue the duty entitlement passbook (DEPB) scheme from October 2011. Its opposition now has the added strength of the consistently healthy growth rates India’s merchandise exports have recorded in the last several months, in spite of a slowdown in the developed markets. Is the government justified in scrapping the DEPB scheme at a time when the move may adversely affect India’s merchandise exports?

This is not the first time the government has set a date for terminating the DEPB scheme and then extending it for a year or a few more months. The United Front government in 1997 introduced the DEPB scheme, essentially a method by which the government compensates exporters for the customs duty they pay on their shipments abroad. It was a simple scheme and an instant hit with exporters. The government would fix a rate on the value of an export consignment, subject to a ceiling. It would then enter the entitlement value according to the rate into a passbook that an exporter maintained. In future, the exporter would get customs duty exemption equivalent to the entitlement value recorded in the passbook. This entitlement was even transferable subject to conditions.

The unstated as well as unpublicised reason it became so popular with exporters was that the commerce ministry, and not some other body under a different ministry, operated the DEPB scheme. There was no way the finance ministry, which would forego revenue because of the scheme, could come in the way. Once an entitlement value was entered in the passbook, the Customs authorities under the finance ministry had to exempt the duty payment of an equivalent amount provided there were no restrictions on the imported goods in question.
Not surprisingly, therefore, persistent and powerful lobbying by the exporting community saw the expansion of the scope of the DEPB scheme over the years and it began covering almost half the country’s merchandise exports. In other words, half of India’s exports of $246 billion last year benefited from the coverage of the DEPB scheme. The revenue, thus, foregone was estimated at Rs 8,000 crore or less than a per cent of total export earnings. Yet, the finance ministry would periodically object to the scheme citing revenue loss.

There is, of course, good logic for discontinuing the DEPB scheme, simply because the government can no longer defend it under the existing rules stipulated by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). A scheme that is not fully compliant with the WTO rules should ideally be discontinued without any delay and before the exporting community becomes over-dependent on it. So, the sooner the government scraps the scheme, the better it would be for India’s exports in the long term.

The government’s argument is that exporters’ concern over the proposed termination of the DEPB scheme is not fully justified because they will continue to get the benefit of the duty drawback scheme that the finance ministry operates. The duty drawback scheme allows refund of all indirect taxes paid by an exporter on all shipments abroad and this is permissible under the WTO rules. In contrast, the DEPB scheme did not appear to refund the indirect taxes levied on export production, though the customs duty remission allowed on exports was somewhat related to the incidence of various duties on exports, and no exporter could avail himself of both the DEPB and duty drawback schemes at the same time.

It is this argument of which exporters are wary. None of them wants to come back to a regime that the finance ministry will be operating. They distinctly remember the manner in which the duty drawback directorate under the finance ministry functioned before the DEPB scheme became popular, making the duty drawback scheme almost redundant. Not only were the rates often contestable and unfair, there were delays in the announcement of the rates — the all-industry rates as well as the specific rates known as brand rates. The finance ministry had fixed June 1 every year as the date for the announcement of the new drawback rates after the new Budget levies were enforced. This was a delay of more than three months — since the Budget gave immediate effect to the indirect taxes on the date of its presentation on the last day of February and the new drawback rates took effect only from June 1. There is no reason why the duty drawback directorate cannot announce the new refund rates within a week or 10 days of the announcement of the Budget.

There is also the jurisdiction issue. The commerce ministry is always more sympathetic to the woes of exporters and issues they raise, while the finance ministry invariably has a revenue-centric perspective of exporters’ problems. If the duty drawback scheme in lieu of the DEPB scheme has to succeed and be effective, the government must address this concern by beefing up the infrastructure for disbursement of exporters’ refund claims by the duty drawback directorate. There will also be a need for finance ministry bureaucrats in charge of this directorate to become friendly towards exports.

Exporters see surge in Christmas orders

Exporters see surge in Christmas orders

Namrata Kath Hazarika 05 Jul, 2011 / SME TIMES

The US and European markets are gaining back the confidence which was hurt due to the global crisis, said Indian exporters while adding that they are witnessing demand surge due to potential placement of new orders for the Christmas season.Raj Kumar Malhotra, Chairman, Asian Handicrafts Pvt Ltd and Immediate Past Chairman of Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) told SME Times, "We are witnessing demand rise of 20 percent for handicraft products from the US and European markets as compared to the last fiscal."He said, "The crisis in both the markets which continued for the last three years have been stabilizing now. Handicraft products are witnessing demand rise and sales also pick up during the November and December season due to the Christmas as these are gifting products."He further added that the best time of the year for handicraft exports is July, August and September. There is the growth as things are improving to some extent in the US, which is the main market for Indian handicraft products.While, the European market will be a challenge as many countries like Greece and Spain are still debt-ridden but orders are flowing at the moment although the quantum of orders are less as compared to the last fiscal, Malhotra mentioned.In fact, Raseeque Ahmed, Chairman of the Council for Leather Exports (CLE) also added that buyers have already placed the Christmas season's order in the month of March-April. At present, the production is taking place and by the end of July the shipping of goods will take place.There has been 20 percent demand rise for leather products as compared to the corresponding year, he said.When asked on how much increase in profit he is expecting this year, he mentioned, "As we know that the raw material prices are going up, the energy is so expensive and above all other things are also expensive, it would be difficult for me to tell but after July it would be possible to tell on the profit margins.""We are just watching the situation but the demand flow has increased as compared to last fiscal," Ahmed added.The demand in labour-oriented sectors such as textile, apparel, and carpets are still expected to pick up as the buyers are currently asking for samples before placing orders, said Subhash Mittal, Chairman, Payal International Ltd and member of Indian Silk Export Promotion Council.He said for the textile and apparel products, the buyers are still watching the market. Also, the new orders for the apparel products come in the month of September. And, he predicts that this year the quantum of orders might be less due to the European crisis as compared to the corresponding year.But, he said the confidence level of buyers in the US and Europe to some extent have increased this year.He clarified that the placement of orders will be there. "I am hopeful that the orders will be there especially in cotton product exports but the profit margin will be less. And, with inflation it is obvious that raw materials and other things will get expensive as well as the labour costs will also increase," Mittal pointed out.

Friday, 23 July 2010

2010-11 exports to cross USD216 billion

India's exports are projected to grow by about 22 per cent to $216 billion in the current fiscal on the back of recovery in global trade. Great.. crossing 200 billion USD itself is an achievement.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

India Export News

This blog is an attempt to get india related export news at one place.