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Take steps to improve export competitiveness, boost shipments: Par panel

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Expressing concerns over rising trade deficit, a Parliamentary panel today asked the government to take steps to improve export competitiveness and give a fillip to shipments.

A parliamentary standing committee on commerce in its report said that export not only generate jobs but also boost

It expressed caution that the recent rally in would result into further widening of trade in the year ahead.

Trade -- the difference between imports and exports -- in January widened to an over three-year high figure of USD 16.3 billion.

"In spite of positive growth in exports, the problem of rise in trade continues. The concern has been further aggravated with a loss of competitive edge of our export basket and lack of an impressive growth in exports in labour intensive sectors," it said.

The report said that there is an urgent need for taking corrective measures in these areas and it is the right time that become an integral link in the global supply chain across all industries.

"All the factors that inhibit our export competitiveness must be addressed adequately and on urgent basis," it said adding the decline in export-GDP ratio is a matter of grave concern.

It suggested to promote exports through diversification of export basket, developing a world class and integrating with global

"Much needs to be done to provide real fillip to exports," it said.

The report also recommended to permit scrips provided to exporters under export incentive schemes for the payment of GST in case of domestic procurement of goods being manufactured for exports and also for paying IGST in case of outbound shipments.

On special economic zones, the report suggested the commerce ministry to hold consultations with its on "whether the country can afford SEZs or not".

"It serves no purpose to have SEZs if the minimum alternate tax and dividend distribution tax exemptions are not revised," it added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 18:45 IST
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