MUMBAI: In the next two weeks, DGFT will hold a series of interactions with exporters to understand their concerns and grievances in adopting the Goods and Services Tax (GST), said Dr. Sonia Sethi, IAS, Additional Director General of Foreign Trade, Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Mumbai during an Open House Meet organized at World Trade Centre Mumbai on August 18, 2017. The Open House Meet was organized jointly by World Trade Centre Mumbai and All India Association of Industries (AIAI).
“Enhancing India’s share in world exports is the top priority of Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), she said. “This Open House Meeting is a timely opportunity for DGFT to invite actionable suggestions from exporters to address the key issues on GST.
I assure that your suggestions will be considered by the Ministry of Commerce before releasing the mid-term review of Foreign Trade Policy (2015-20) in September 2017,” she added. Allaying the fears of exporters, Dr. Sethi remarked, “GST will make our exports competitive in the long run. There may be some teething troubles in the short term. All the Ministries of Government of India are working overtime to address these operational issues.”
Dr. Sethi also mentioned the recent initiatives taken by DGFT to address issues faced by exporters. “In the last one year, DGFT has maintained ‘zero pendency’ of work by clearing all the files of importers and exporters within reasonable timeframe. In the immediate future, all the functions of the DGFT will be digitized to improve performance efficiency and reduce human interface. DGFT is holding Open House Meeting every Wednesday to address the concerns of traders. Our Grievance Redressal Committee at the Mumbai zonal office is functioning efficiently in this matter.”