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Simplification and rationalisation of export documentation for reducing transaction time and cost

Ref. MR/CIR/1554                                                11th January, 2018

To: Members of the Council

Sub: Simplification and rationalisation of export documentation for reducing transaction time and cost

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Council has received a communication from the Department of Commerce (DOC), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GOI regarding documentation in connection with exports both at the state and central levels.

As you are aware, minimisation of transaction cost and transaction time is essential for gaining competitiveness in the global market. However, apart from the mandatory documents like Shipping bill, bill of lading/Airway bill and Commercial invoice cum packing list, sometimes exporters are made to file several auxiliary and sector/product specific documents which often cause delay and unnecessary expenditure. Keeping that in view, an effort is being made by the Logistics Division of the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GOI, to identify and remove the repetitive and redundant documents and to ensure expeditious documentation through maximum digitalisation and minimum human intervention. This is an important step taken by the DOC, MOC & I, GOI for successful implementation of the “ease of doing business” initiative for boosting exports, hence our inputs are necessary. 

Member-exporters are therefore requested to provide the information concerning the various mandatory and auxiliary documents (Product/Sector Specific) that are insisted by the various authorities (both at State and Central levels) in the course of exports from the point of production till the point of dispatch, along with scanned copies of all such documents and a flow chart. You may also kindly inform the Council how many copies of each document are insisted by which authority and at what level.

The desired information as mentioned above should be sent on or before 16th January, 2018 (Tuesday) to the Council at,, and for sending a suitable representation to the Department of Commerce, GOI.

Thanking you.



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