India wants China to simplify pharma export process

India is keen on China simplifying the registration and procurement process to boost pharma exports.

Following China’s removal of import duties on 28 essential drugs, India is hopeful of increasing generics export to China. But it wants Beijing to also simplify the registration and procurement process to ensure that the move actually helps to make more business.

Meanwhile, after hitting a historic high of $84.44 billion last year, China’s trade with India saw a robust growth in the first quarter of 2018, with bilateral trade netting $ 22.1 billion, up 15.4 per cent year-on-year, reports said.

Source: Exim News Service: New Delhi

Commerce Minister calls on Ministries to prepare action plan for boosting exports

The Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Mr Suresh Prabhu, addressed secretaries and senior officers in the first inter-ministerial meeting on Sectoral Export Promotion Strategy this week. The meeting was attended by Secretaries to the Government of India from Department of Commerce, DIPP, Electronics and IT, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and MSME, besides senior officers from about 14 other administrative Ministries/Departments including Agriculture, Textiles, Petroleum, Food Processing Industries, Pharma, Chemical and Petrochemical, Defence Production and MEA which are concerned with various product groups that comprise a substantial part of India’s merchandise exports.

The Commerce Minister emphasised that exports are strategically important and that sustained growth in exports is critical for India. It is, therefore, imperative to promote exports as a combined and joint mission, which requires the effort of all ministries and departments of the government.

Mr Prabhu asked all officers to prepare an action plan on boosting exports of products being handled by their respective Ministries and send it to the Department of Commerce within the next fortnight. The action plan should also have short-term targets which are achievable in the next two months. The Department of Commerce will take the assistance of the Ministry of External Affairs to implement the action plans through India’s commercial missions abroad.

The Minister informed that the Union Cabinet has accorded approval of Rs 5,000 crore to promote export of services in champion sectors, and the Department of Commerce (DoC) is organising the next global exhibition on export of services in Mumbai on May 15, 2018. He stated that the DoC is now actively associating with state governments for promoting exports, recognising the fact that states are the key stakeholders in export growth. Regional authorities of the Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) have been assigned enhanced roles and responsibilities to liaise with state governments to assist in the formulation and implementation of state export policy and strategy and to represent the Department of Commerce in the State and Union Territory governments. Officers have been asked to identify a few districts under their jurisdiction to assess and prepare a dossier on their export potential and initiate measures to realise the full potential of actual exports from that area, he said.

He added that on the external front, the DoC has engaged with about 150 countries in the last few months. A task force on SEZs has also been set up to ensure that export potential from these zones is utilised fully. He informed the respective Ministries and Departments that DoC as well as the ITPO can organise road shows and exhibitions for their sectors and products. He said that a holistic approach to manufacturing and exports is the need of the hour, as a protectionist approach may actually have a negative impact on value-added items of export. There is need to look for new markets as well as export new products. Ministries should work out the strategy, and after receiving the plans, DoC will organise further meetings with export promotion councils, trading houses as well as major exporters. A ‘Best Exporting Ministry/Dept. Award’ will also be announced, he disclosed.

The Minister advised the EXIM bank to prepare an action plan to alleviate the financial difficulties being faced by exporters. Similarly, the FPI sector can take the help of NABARD for financing their projects. He announced that the arrangement for having inter-ministerial meetings to boost exports with the concerned administrative ministries will be institutionalised by DoC, said a release.

Source : Exim News Service - New Delhi, May 9


Mega heavy lift cargo loaded on MSC container vessel at JNP

JN Port authorities opened a heavy lift counter on container vessels last week. Floating crane Rijaloaded a 100-t piece of cargo on MSC Sola.

Floating crane Rija is owned and operated by Link Shipping & Management.

The floating crane was taken from Mumbai Port to Nhava Sheva using JNPT tugs. She was brought alongside DP World’s CB4 where the 100-t piece was loaded on Rija’s deck. She was then shifted alongside MSC Sola and the cargo was landed gently on a specially created flat rack platform under deck. The entire operation was completed within a few hours and Rija returned to Mumbai Port on the same day.

This operation has started a flood of inquiries from various main line carriers who want to encash this hitherto untapped business opportunity. The trade likes this idea because containerships provide quick transit time compared to conventional heavy lift carriers and cost-wise there is not much difference. Furthermore, container carriers provide greater frequency of calls. The port expects a number of such operations taking place at all its terminals, said a release.

Source: Exim News Service

Seafood exports jump 13.7 pc in April-Jan. 2017-18

Seafood exports during the first 10 months (April-January) of the last fiscal registered a year-on-year growth of 13.7 per cent in terms of volume and 10.1 per cent in terms of value largely due to higher exports of frozen shrimps, the Marine Products Export Development Authority (Mpeda) said.

During this period, India exported 10,85,378 tonnes of seafood valued at Rs 35,916.60 crore as against 9,54,744 tonnes worth Rs 32,620.03 crore a year ago.

In dollar terms, exports were pegged at $ 5.64 billion between April 2017-January 2018 as compared to $ 4.98 billion during the same period the previous fiscal, thus registering a growth of 13.27 per cent.

After China, India is the second-largest fish producer in the world, accounting for nearly 6 per cent of the global production.

The US, South-East Asia and the European Union (EU) continued to be the three major importers of seafood while the demand from Japan saw substantial increase during the period.

Frozen shrimp continued as the top export item of marine products with a share of 42.05 per cent in volume and 69.95 per cent of the total earnings in dollar, said a release.

Source: Exim News Service: Mumbai