Commerce Minister urges exporters to strictly adhere to food safety norms

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 01-11-2017        Tweet

NEW DELHI: The Commerce Ministry has asked exporters to strictly adhere to sanitary and phyto-sanitary norms, saying that non-compliance could damage the image of the Country.

In a trade notice, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) also said that action would be taken against exporters for non-compliance of these rules which pertain to food safety and animal and plant health requirements.

The warning follows a complaint received from the Agriculture Ministry with regard to non-compliance with global norms.

The action for not following these rules could include monetary fine or suspension and cancellation of trade licence.

Sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures came into force with the establishment of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on January 1, 1995.

The Directorate advised exporters to seek requirement of importing Country along with export order.

"And, while exporting goods, they must provide certificate(s) from designated agencies along with export documents indicating the observance of the norms mandated by the importing Country," the trade notice of the DGFT has said.

It has also asked the Department of Revenue to advise the field formations of customs to ensure that exporters adhere to the norms of the importing Country.