Industry body demands export hub in Udaipur

The Udaipur Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UCCI) has submitted a detailed proposal to the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and the state government for the development of an export hub here.

“Udaipur is a gateway to the export of goods from southern Rajasthan, including the nearby districts like Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh, Sirohi, Banswara and Dungarpur. The demand for goods from Udaipur is quite consistent in the global market. Items such as lead & zinc metals, electrical & electronic equipment, fabricated goods, plastic products, HDPE woven sacks, marble & granite, soapstone & other mineral-based products, quartz & other dimensional stone products, textile, handicrafts, etc., are some of the categories which have high volume of exports,” manufacturers and business magnates claimed in the proposal sent to the authorities.

Development of export hub in each district has been in the pipeline and recently it was announced by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman that such export hubs will be developed soon.

“We understand that 2020-21 has begun on a disappointing note but we should set aside the worries and focus on recovery.

As such government should start with the process of development of export hubs so that exports can push their production and cover the losses,” said UCCI president Ramesh Kumar Singhvi.

Chartered accountant Pawan Talesara, who drafted the export plan proposal, said in the report, we have given some important policy suggestions for the growth of the exports in all categories. One suggestion is to custom notify the inland container depot at Khemli so that it can be used as a dry port. Also we have suggested the government that more container depots may be setup for better facilitation.

Among other suggestions include freight subsidy, development of handicrafts and stone clusters, notification of Maharana Pratap International Airport for custom clearances, to dispose of the old cases of IGST (integrated goods and service tax) which have been pending for a long time and simplification of export policy for marble.