Dear fellow exporters,
First & foremost, I am hugely delighted to inform you all that I have assumed the role and responsibility ofChairman of CHEMEXCIL effective 14thFebruary, 2019.
It may be pertinent and interesting to note thatas part of revamping and revitalizing India’s export initiatives, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India is currently working on a strategy with key exporting Ministries to formulate sectoral, commodity and territory specific export strategy. Several meetings with concerned Ministries have already been held where different Ministries and stakeholders have been taken into confidence, post which a wide spectrum and matrix of specific action points have been prepared sector wise, commodity wise and territory wise. As a natural corollary therefore, regular meetings are being held with sectoral ministries Export Promotion Councils and exporters. Specific issues which were impacting and hampering growth of exports have been highlighted and taken up with Department of Revenue and Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, in order to bring a amicable solution to the same
In line with the recent initiatives to streamline and smoothen procedures for exporters, the Commerce Ministry has made most of the processes and procedures online. The DGFT is in the process of overhauling its IT network so as to avoid wastage of time for online submission of documents.
In the meantime, I am extremely happy to inform my colleagues that as part of its export promotional activities, CHEMEXCIL, jointly with Plastic Export Promotion Council(PLEXCONCIL), Chemicals & Allied Products Export Promotion Council(CAPEXIL) and Shellac & Forest Products Export Promotion Council(SHEFEXIL) under the aegis of Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, supported by the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India, had successfully organised the 4th edition of CAPINDIA 2019 Exhibition from 26th to 28th March, 2019 at Mumbai. This mega event was inaugurated by Dr.AnupWadhawan, IAS, Commerce Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry along with ShyamalMisra, IAS, Joint Secretary, EP (CAP), Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, SmtMeetaRajivlochan, IAS, Additional DGFT, Mumbai and the Chairmen and ED of CHEMEXCIL,PLEXCONCIL, CAPEXIL and SHEFEXIL
I amfully aware and conscious of the fact that there is an issue of exporters being denied ITC/ IGST refund as they had mistakenly ticked on higher rate of DBK even though the Higher/ Lower DBK rate in chemicals is the same, as it only accounts for customs part. Taking cognizance of the same, the Council has made apt and timely representation to CBIC for accepting such cases as the higher/ lower rate in chemicals is identical and we are expecting a resolution of the same.
It goes without saying that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) worldwide play a major and important role in propelling growth engine, sustaining livelihood and promoting equitable regional development. The MSME sector in India continues to prove remarkable resilience in the face of rambling global and domestic economies. Significance of MSMEs can be observed in the developing economies where this sector constitutes over 90% of total enterprises and greatly to industrial production, exports and employment generation. With regard to the exemption of MSME units for environmental clearance, it is understood from the MoEF&CC that they are in the process for streamlining of environmental clearance process and for this purpose, an expert committee has also been constituted who will examine the same.
You may be aware that as part of ‘ease of doing business initiative’, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) vide its Circular No 35/2018-Customs dated 01/10/2018 has introduced Single Window Interface for facilitating Trade (SWIFT) as part of ease of doing business initiative to integrate Customs and other Participating Government Agencies (PGAs) for seamless processing of import and export clearances.
One of the component of SWIFT is e-SANCHIT, which allows a trader to submit all supporting documents for clearance of consignments electronically with digital signatures. This obviates the need for the trader to approach different regulatory agencies with hardcopies of the documents, thereby making the entire process of consignment clearance faceless and paperless. It has been made mandatory that all the importers are required to upload the documents relating to regulatory compliances electronically from 01st April, 2018 onwards. Shortly e-SANCHIT facility will be extended to exports also, for which a pilot is underway.
Council also organized awareness seminars on GST in association with Service Tax Commissioner, Ahmedabad on 9th June 2017 at hotel Ramada, Ahmedabad. Shri Aseem Kumar Vaibhav, IRS, Deputy Commissioner, ServiceTax, was a Key speaker of this Seminar. The officer covered important topics such as -Introduction to GST, Overview of GST, Registration, Returns, Refunds, GSTN etc.
Again as part of its export promotional activities, CHEMEXCIL has been organizing for the benefits of its members, participation in various Exhibitions & Buyer Seller Meets both in India and abroad, as also Awareness Seminars. In order to increase exports of your products, I would request all of you to actively take part in these events, details of which are being uploaded in our website from time to time.
With warm regards,
SHRI AJAY K. KADAKIA