DGFT, Revenue Department working on dedicated centres to boost e-commerce exports

DGFT, Revenue Department working on dedicated centres to boost e-commerce exports


Santosh Kumar Sarangi, Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). File

Santosh Kumar Sarangi, Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). File | Photo courtesy: Kamal Narang

In order to boost India's e-commerce exports, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in collaboration with the Department of Revenue is working on setting up designated e-commerce hubs across India to streamline the process of online export shipments.

According to industry sources, the country's e-commerce exports currently stand at $2 billion, while China's exports are $350 billion. They said the government aims to bridge this gap by setting up a supportive e-commerce ecosystem.

Director General of Foreign Trade Santosh Kumar Sarangi said, “A lot of simplification is required in this regard. We are working with the Revenue Department to create an e-commerce hub so that the clearance of goods can be faster.” PTIThese centres will have facilities like dedicated customs and security checks, allowing cleared parcels to proceed through the green channel at airports, eliminating the need for further checking, he said.

Mr Sarangi said this approach reflects best practices adopted in other countries. He also pointed out that the e-commerce hub will be built and maintained by private entities while the government will oversee security and customs clearance.

The proposed hubs will also provide warehousing facilities, returns processing, labelling, product testing and repackaging services besides expediting clearances. The official said the aim of this public-private partnership is to create a robust infrastructure for efficient e-commerce exports.

These centres can function like bonded zones and facilitate e-commerce exports, said Ajay Sahai, director general of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).

A report has estimated that with policy restructuring, India’s e-commerce exports could reach $350 billion by 2030. Experts noted that streamlining the export process through dedicated centres is an important step in this direction.


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