Bikky Khosla | 14 Aug, 2018
Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu last week launched a mobile app 'Niryat
Mitra', developed by exporters' association Federation of Indian Export
Organisations (FIEO). The app--available both on Android and IOS--is designed
to provide exporters a wide range of information required to operate
international trade. This is a welcome step. No doubt, such a platform can
prove very useful for the Exim community.
Lack of crucial trade, tariff, policy and market related information
often acts as a big obstacle in operating export-import business. On my
Facebook page 'Voice of SMEs', I'm often contacted for a range of such
information. Most of the times, it turns out very difficult to find out such
information in one single place. It is also a time-consuming and tedious
thing to do. But now the 'Niryat Mitra' app can really come in handy.
So, what can you search for using this app? This includes a wide range of
information, like policy provisions for export and import, applicable GST rate,
available export incentives, tariff/preferential tariff, market access
requirements--SPS/TBT measures, etc. One interesting feature of 'Niryat Mitra'
is that it works internally to map the ITC HS code of 87 countries (currently)
with that of India and provide all the required data without the users
bothering about the HS code of any country.
It also deserves mention that the app makes available the export
promotion programmes organised by FIEO and provides opportunity to the industry
to participate in them. No doubt, the feature will help to create export
awareness among our businesses, particularly SMEs. It is however important to
note that success of the platform will largely depend on how efficiently it can
be handled, and I hope FIEO will be able to meet this challenge.
I invite your opinions.