The consultative meeting will also discuss quality and cost of services provided by intermediaries in the customs environment.
By Kirtika Suneja, ET Bureau
NEW DELHI: A working group set up by the government is set to meet exporters of traditional goods such as leather, apparel, handicraft, carpets and seafood on Monday to discuss ways to resolve customs-related bottlenecks and improve the competitiveness of Indian exports.
The consultative meeting will also discuss quality and cost of services provided by intermediaries in the customs environment, like customs brokers, shipping lines, forwarders and custodians.
“There is round-the-clock customs clearance on paper, but that is not happening even in major ports because of shortage of staff. We want the government to clearly say whether this facility can be made available in reality or not,” said an apparel exporter who is likely to attend the meeting.
India’s merchandise exports grew 9% to $331 billion in 2018-19, helped by higher shipment of engineering goods, pharmaceuticals, petroleum products and chemicals.