The Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with the Oriental Bank of Commerce, organised an export-import seminar here.

Inaugurating the seminar, K. N. Raghavan, Commissioner of Customs, Kochi, said the department is taking all efforts to minimise the problems faced by exporters and importers. Long queues for getting Customs clearance for goods have become a thing of the past with the introduction of online applications for goods clearances, he said.

He also stressed the need for constant interaction with the Customs and trade organisations to analyse problems and find remedial measures to foster Exim trade in the country.

M.P. Deepak Kumar Shetty, Vice-Chairman, KCCI, presided over the programme.

C.V. George, General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Kochi, emphasised the need for interaction between the key authorities of Exim trade and trading community for better trade facilitation.

Significant changes in foreign trade policy with special reference to incentive schemes for exporters/importers, schemes available for exporters and importers, salient features of ECGC, role of DGFT as facilitator in foreign trade, issues of export and import while rooting consignments through Vallarpadam terminal, were discussed at the seminar.

(This article was published on August 7, 2012)
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