Union Commerce, Industry and Textiles unveiled a new Foreign Trade Policy 2023.
Features of New Foreign Trade Policy 2023:
It replaced the extant policy that had been in place since 2015.
Aim: New policy aims to almost triple India’s goods and services exports to 2 trillion dollars by 2030, from an estimated 760 billion dollars in 2022-23.
No Sunset date:
The new policy will have no sunset date and will be tweaked based on the emerging world trade scenario and industry feedback.
While the policy will be open-ended, the schemes sanctioned under it will be time bound.
One time Amnesty: The new FTP is introducing a one-time Amnesty Scheme for exporters to close the old pending authorizations and start afresh.
New growth areas: Opening up a new area of potential exports, the policy has included “merchanting trade” within its ambit.
Exporters in India can source goods from another country and send them to a third country without touching Indian shores.
This will also enable exports of restricted goods.
Advance authorization Scheme:
A Special advance authorisation scheme is being launched for the clothing and apparel sector so that they can react to market demands and fashion trends faster.
Other mechanisms like star ratings to recognise exporters will be rejigged to lower qualification thresholds.
Towns of Export Excellence:
Four towns in Uttar Pradesh — Faridabad, Moradabad, Mirzapur and Varanasi — were announced as centres of export excellence for their performance in the apparel, handicrafts, handmade carpets and handlooms, respectively.
The new trade policy will make all the PM Mitra textile parks eligible to get benefits as common services providers.