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Indian Standards are now available Free of Cost

50% Reduction in the Minimum Marking fee for Micro industry and start-ups and women entrepreneurs, old licensees will also get additional 10% rebate

Major incentive for “Start Ups & Women Entrepreneurs”

Entire process of certification, including grant of license, renewal of license, and inclusion is automated through Manak Online Portal of e-BIS

Automatic renewal of licenses, Mobile App based surveillance system

Integration of ICEGATE of Customs with Foreign Manufacturers certification Module of e-BIS for surveillance of imported goods

Mobile App based system of Market Surveillance and audit of Assaying and Hallmarking Centers

Secretary, DoCA and DG, BIS addressed Virtual Press Conference, launched Booklet on BIS Reforms

Posted On: 13 APR 2021 6:03PM by PIB Delhi

Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Smt. Leena Nandan and Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards Shri Pramod Kumar Tiwari virtually addressed a press conference about the New Initiatives of BIS today.

While addressing the media about BIS initiatives, Secretary DoCA, Smt. Nandan said that BIS have achieved many milestones in its journey of development and played important role in the growth of our country. She said that the BIS has taken up many new initiatives and these new initiatives will improve efficiency of our manufacturing sector, standardisation and Quality of products. She said that BIS is working very closely with many ministries in developing and coming out with many new standards. A booklet on BIS reforms was also launched on this occasion.

Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards, Shri P.K.Tiwari, in his address to media said that the services of BIS standards are now available free of cost for everyone. In the area of Standardization, this is planned to be achieved through a   combination of processes engineering, automation and manpower augmentation. Some of the initiatives are like Quarterly meeting of Sectional Committees, Stage-wise timeframe for every Standard under development or revision, Action Research to be an integral part the process, Broad-banding of consultation process through Standardization Cells in Ministries and Industry Associations, Better provisioning of Human Resources to ensure that one Scientific Officer does not deal with more than 30 standards in a year and Initiation of revision of standards parallel to formulation or revision of corresponding ISO/IEC standards for prompt harmonization.

He informed that BIS have nearly 21000 Indian Standards. The objective is to ensure genius standard for every product relevant for the national economy and consumers. He said for the benefit of industry, particularly the MSME sector, Indian Standards are now available free of cost, and can be downloaded from the Standardization Portal of e-BIS.

He further informed that the Scheme of One Nation One Standard has been launched to harmonize the standard formulation work happening in various organizations. Process of consultation is on with SDOs like RDSO, Indian Road Congress, and Directorate of Standardization under Ministry of Defence etc.

As regards Conformity Assessment, he informed that several steps have been taken to ease the compliance burden on the stakeholders like Automation of entire process of certification, including grant of license, renewal of license, and inclusion is automated through Manak Online Portal of e-BIS, Strict timelines for the disposal of applications and real-time basis  monitoring of compliance, Introduction of the system of automatic renewal of licenses, Substantial reduction in the Minimum Marking fee i.e 50% for Micro industry and start-ups and women entrepreneurs and old licence holders will also get additional 10% rebate, More than 80 percent products being brought under Simplified Procedure. This means license for the manufacturing of these products will be granted within a period of one month, System of consultation with applicants introduced at the stage of Scrutiny of Application to avoid delay in processing. He informed that as a result of these initiatives, it has been possible to dispose of more than 90 percent applications within the prescribed timeframe.

Further briefing the media, he said Factory and Market Surveillance are critical to creating Quality Consciousness in the country and following initiatives have been taken to strengthen the surveillance system:

•           Engagement of five NABCB accredited agencies for carrying out Factory Surveillance.

•           Engagement of two outside agencies to carry out Market Surveillance.

•           Development of Mobile App based surveillance system for greater speed and transparency.

•     Integration of ICEGATE of Customs with Foreign Manufacturers Certification Module of e-BIS for surveillance of imported goods.

•           Module for regular feeding of production and consignee details introduced in Manak Online.

Briefing about the LIMS system, he said to make the laboratory operations more efficient, following steps have been taken like Development of LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) to automate the entire process of testing of product samples in BIS and recognized private labs, LIMS ensure tracking of the progress of each and every sample on real-time basis, Integration of LIMS with Manak Online and CRS portals, Automation of Laboratory Recognition Scheme, Integration of the accreditation and recognition processes of NABL and BIS, Renovation of BIS lab infrastructure, Plan of action for expansion and upgradation of testing facilities based on a scientific gap analysis. DG BIS also briefed about the guidelines issued for setting up cluster-based laboratories and satellite laboratories.

Further in his briefing about the initiatives, he said to make Hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts a credible and transparent process, BIS has taken following steps like Online and automatic system of jeweller registration, Automation of the entire process of the assaying and Hallmarking, Mobile App based system of Market Surveillance and audit of Assaying and Hallmarking Centres and Launch of Certificate Course in Hallmarking to ensure the availability of qualified manpower.

In his address, he further informed about the creating quality consciousness in the country, among the consumers, industry, Govt. departments, academic and research institutions, is of primary importance to create demand for standards. He further informed that several steps that have been taken includes Standardization Cells in Ministries and Industry Associations, Focus on increased consultation with Industry in a structured manner, MoUs with premier educational institutions like IITs, IIMs and NLUs, Creation of an Expert Group for integration of standards with the curricula of engineering and professional institutions, Creation of Standards Clubs in High Schools and colleges. Development of Consumer Engagement and Training Portals as part of  eBIS, Development of educational videos under the title BIS TALKS, Direction to Govt. organizations and PSUs to use only Indian Standards and certification by BIS and List of standards shared with Ministries to bring more products under Quality Control Orders (QCOs).

In his concluding remarks DG, BIS said that the BIS is alive to the need of the emerging needs of the national economy and  the interests of the consumers, and has a roadmap in place to address these needs.

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Trade facilitation App is READY for Industry 4.0; Making governance easy, economical & accessible, “DGFT Trade Facilitation App” for Providing instant access to Exporters/Importers any-time any-where;

Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Shri Piyush Goyal launches “DGFT Trade Facilitation App” for Providing instant access to Exporters/Importers any-time any-where;

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Shri Goyal says Trade facilitation App is READY for Industry 4.0;

App is a symbol of India’s Idea of Aatmanirbharta – Making governance easy, economical & accessible

Calls for developing Governance Apps in various regional languages

Posted On: 12 APR 2021 5:31PM by PIB Delhi

Commerce & Industry Minister Shri Piyush Goyal today launched DGFT ‘Trade Facilitation’ Mobile Appduring the online video conference, for promoting ease of doing business and providing quick access to information to importers/exporters.

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Speaking on the occasion,Shri Piyush Goyal said that very often, the simple trade-related process becomes cumbersome, and when they are available with a touch of a button, like with a mobile app, we will ensure the Ease of doing business and the speedy growth in international trade. “We desire to move towards paperless, automated processing systems, simple procedures for trade players, online data exchange between departments & digital payments & acknowledgements.”, he added

Shri Goyal said that in the post-covid world, tech-enabled governance will play a key role in determining India’s growth and competitiveness. He said that a Single-window approach has enabled tech transformation of service delivery in India. It has liberated last-mile beneficiary from location based constraints, and enhanced ease of doing business.   He said that Progress in technology helps develop the economy and strengthen Indian firms in the competitive global market.

Lauding the initiative of DGFT, Shri Goyal said that the new Trade Facilitation App is a step in the right direction as it provides easy, omni-channel access to various trade related processes and enquiries at the touch of button.He said that truly imbibing Prime Minister’s vision of Minimum Government, Maximum Governance, DGFT is standing up for businesses as a true leader with e-issuance of certificates, QR scan process to validate documents. It will reduce transaction cost and time for imports and exports related processes, and usher in transparency. He said that ‘Trade Facilitation Mobile App’ is a symbol of India’s idea of Aatmanirbharta – Making governance easy, economical & accessible, as it symbolises shift in traditional thinking.

Shri Goyal said that Trade facilitation App is READY for Industry 4.0, as it provides

  • Real-time trade policy updates, notifications,application status alert, tracking help requests

· Explore item-wise Export-Import policy & statistics,Track IEC Portfolio

· AI-based 24*7 assistance for trade queries

· DGFT services made accessible to all

· Your Trade Dashboard accessible anytime &anywhere

The Minister said that ‘Mobile’ India creates an international trade opportunities for MSMEs and Foreign players. It will enable creation of a quality conscious and cost-competitive domestic industry. Further, it will significantly contribute to export target of $1 Trillion by 2025 and GDP target of $5 Trillion. He said that for advanced App development, more inputs & ideas of all stakeholders should be invited for further refinement which will help in expediting our technological transformation.  Shri Goyal also called for engagement with technology and language specialists to develop Governance Apps in various regional languages, which will support the spirit of oneness amongst our citizens.

The new Mobile App of DGFT provides the following features for ease of the exporters and importers –

  • Real-time Trade Policy Updates and Event Notifications
  • Your Trade Dashboard Anytime Anywhere
  • Access all services offered by DGFT in App
  • Explore Item-wise Export-Import Policy and Statistics
  • 24×7 Virtual Assistance for Trade Related Queries
  • Track your IEC Portfolio – IEC, Applications, Authorizations
  • Real-time Alerts on status of applications
  • Raise and track help requests in real-time
  • Share Trade Notices, Public Notices easily

The App will be available on Android and iOS platforms. The App can also be downloaded from theDGFT Website (https://dgft.gov.in). It has been developed by the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),as per the directions of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

Late cut for MEIS applications for exports made in the Financial Year 2019-20

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Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020 extended for 6 months till September 2021

The Union Commerce and Industry Ministry today announced extension of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) of Government of India. The present Policy which came into force on 1st April 2015, was for 5 years and was extended thereafter upto 31st March, 2021. In view of the unprecedented situation arising out of the pandemic Novel COVID-19, which is persisting, the Government has decided to continue benefits under various export promotion schemes by extending existing Foreign Trade Policy by another six months i.e. up to 30th September, 2021 which will provide continuity in the policy regime. Similar extension is made in the related procedures, by extending validity of HandBook of Procedures.

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Exemption from payment of IGST and Compensation Cess on the imports made under Advance/EPCG Authorisations and by EOUs etc. has also been extended up to 30.09.2021. Similarly, validity period of the Status Holder Certificates is also extended. This will enable the Status Holders to continue to avail the specified facilities/benefits.

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A notification for extending the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 and a Public Notice for extending the validity of the existing Handbook of Procedures 2015-20 has been issued today.

source: Press Information Bureau, Govt. of India

Water taxis and ROPAX Ferries will be part of Mumbai’s transportation soon

Water taxi on 12 routes and ROPAX services on 4 new routes will start soon

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Customs (Verification of Identity and Compliance) Regulations, 2021

the Govt has notified Customs (Verification of Identity and Compliance) Regulations, 2021 w.e.f. 05th April , 2021

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FIRST TIME EVER IN A MONTH, INDIAN EXPORTS CROSSED US$ 34 BILLION IN MARCH 2021

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Non Ferrous Metals Import Monitoring System (NFMIMS)

the Gove of India has notified Amendment in Import Policy of Copper and Aluminium under Chapter – 74 and Chapter – 76 of ITC (HS), 2017, Schedule-I (Import Policy) – reg.

COPPER IMPORT MONITORING SYSTEM & ALUMINIUM IMPORT MONITORING SYSTEM

• Import under 43 HS codes of Chapters 76 of ITC (HS), 2017, Schedule − I shall require compulsory registration under the Non Ferrous Metals Import Monitoring System (NFMIMS) as per DGFT Notification .

• Import Policy of specific iron & mines items appearing in Chapter 76 of ITC (HS), 2017, Schedule − I as given in Annex to DGFT Notification no 17 dated 5th September 2019 was changed from ‘free’ to ‘free subject to compulsory registration’ under Non Ferrous Metals Import Monitoring System (NFMIMS).

• Non Ferrous Metals Import Monitoring System (NFMIMS) shall require importers to submit advance information in an online system for import of items in the Annex. On submission of online data/information, the system will generate an automatic unique Registration Number. No manual documents are to be submitted to any public authority for this purpose.

• Importer can apply for online registration not earlier than 60th day and not later than 5th day before the expected date of arrival of import consignment The automatic Registration Number thus granted shall remain valid for a period of 75 days

• A registration fee of Rs 500 is prescribed

• Importer shall have to enter the Registration Number and expiry date of Registration in the Bill of Entry to enable Customs for clearance of consignment

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• Implementation date for additional HS codes covered under registration under Non Ferrous Metals Import Monitoring System (NFMIMS) vide Notification No. 33/2020−21 dated 28.09.2020 shall be 16th October 2020 i.e. Bill of Entry on or after 16.10.2020 shall require compulsory registration under NFMIMS. [Public Notice No. 19 dated 28.09.2020]

• Other related information
– On registration, a Unique Registration Number (URN) starting with ‘NFS’ will be sent to the IEC holders mobile/email id (as given in IEC database)
– NFMIMS also has the facility to view earlier online registrations. In addition, incomplete applications which have not been submitted for registration on the DGFT portal are also available in the NFMIMS for review and further action
– Any change in applicant’s mobile/email id will need to be first amended/updated in DGFT IEC database through the online IEC modification system
– Importers who fail to register their information/data on notified mines items in advance or are found to furnish incorrect data in the Online NFMIMS module will attract punitive action including action under FTDR Act, 1992
– Online Non Ferrous Metals Import Monitoring System (NFMIMS) is available on a 24X7 basis. However, in the interest of trade/importers, it is suggested that registrations are filed/obtained fairly well in advance to avoid disruptions in the business activity of the firm.

• Import under 43 HS codes of Chapters 76 of ITC (HS), 2017, Schedule − I shall require compulsory registration under the Non Ferrous Metals Import Monitoring System (NFMIMS) as per DGFT Notification .

• Import Policy of specific iron & mines items appearing in Chapter 76 of ITC (HS), 2017, Schedule − I as given in Annex to DGFT Notification no 17 dated 5th September 2019 was changed from ‘free’ to ‘free subject to compulsory registration’ under Non Ferrous Metals Import Monitoring System (NFMIMS).

• Non Ferrous Metals Import Monitoring System (NFMIMS) shall require importers to submit advance information in an online system for import of items in the Annex. On submission of online data/information, the system will generate an automatic unique Registration Number. No manual documents are to be submitted to any public authority for this purpose.

• Importer can apply for online registration not earlier than 60th day and not later than 5th day before the expected date of arrival of import consignment The automatic Registration Number thus granted shall remain valid for a period of 75 days

• A registration fee of Rs 500 is prescribed

• Importer shall have to enter the Registration Number and expiry date of Registration in the Bill of Entry to enable Customs for clearance of consignment

• Implementation date for additional HS codes covered under registration under Non Ferrous Metals Import Monitoring System (NFMIMS) vide Notification No. 33/2020−21 dated 28.09.2020 shall be 16th October 2020 i.e. Bill of Entry on or after 16.10.2020 shall require compulsory registration under NFMIMS. [Public Notice No. 19 dated 28.09.2020]

• Other related information
– On registration, a Unique Registration Number (URN) starting with ‘NFS’ will be sent to the IEC holders mobile/email id (as given in IEC database)
– NFMIMS also has the facility to view earlier online registrations. In addition, incomplete applications which have not been submitted for registration on the DGFT portal are also available in the NFMIMS for review and further action
– Any change in applicant’s mobile/email id will need to be first amended/updated in DGFT IEC database through the online IEC modification system
– Importers who fail to register their information/data on notified mines items in advance or are found to furnish incorrect data in the Online NFMIMS module will attract punitive action including action under FTDR Act, 1992
– Online Non Ferrous Metals Import Monitoring System (NFMIMS) is available on a 24X7 basis. However, in the interest of trade/importers, it is suggested that registrations are filed/obtained fairly well in advance to avoid disruptions in the business activity of the firm.

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