Hyderabad, Sep 4 : In a major relief to 400 plus registered exporters from the state of Telangana, the Export Inspection Council (EIC) has reversed its decision to close down the sub-office here, thanks to the unrelenting efforts of Telangana Chief Secretary S K Joshi and The Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( FTCCI).
The EIC in its June 2019 order have instructed closure of 3 offices in South India which among others included Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Nagercoil. Export Inspection Agency (EIA) is a designated Government Authority that certifies and clears documentation for Export of enlisted fruits & vegetable products where all Exporters from the state of Telangana avail this facility and enduring exports.
With the closure of Hyderabad office Exporters will be forced to go the nearest EIA office which is in Bhimavaram in Andhra Pradesh, 350 kms from Hyderabad and from Chennai it will be 700 kms. Expressing concern, Mr Joshi wrote to Commerce Secretary, Department of Commerce and Industry stating that “ On the one hand Government of India is placing emphasis on doubling the exports from each state and on the other hand closing its facilitating offices will create barriers for exporters from the state. Hence we request to reconsider the order for closure ”
FTCCI in its correspondence with the concerned officials and ministries urged against the closure of the sub-office at Hyderabad. Karunendra S Jasti, President , Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTCCI) in his correspondence said , “ In the entire Telangana. Hyderabad EIA is the only sub-office and closure of the same will result in no EIA office in the state resulting in hardship to Exporters and irreparable Loss to Agro farmers & entrepreneurs and Exporters.
The closure of sub-office abruptly affects execution of exports as the Exporters need to depute their staff to neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh state wherein 3 EIA offices located at Bhimavaram, Visakhapatnam & Nellore for certification and it is not practical as they could not hold perishable goods for longer period. ”
The Export Inspection Council after aggressive persuasion and follow ups has now deferred the closure of Hyderabad office. The same has been communicated to all the stakeholders.
Expressing happiness at the decision Ms Khyati Naravane, CEO, FTCCI thanked Mr Joshi for their support in reaching out to the concerned officials in protecting the interest of the state of Telangana, a FTCCI statement here said on Wednesday. (UNI)