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Exporters to benefit from Interest Equalization

Timely support for MSMEs, says Gupta

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Timely support for MSMEs, says Gupta

 

The extension of Interest Equalization benefit to merchant exporters will help in increasing country’s exports, said Ganesh Kumar Gupta, President, FIEO.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal of the Department of Commerce for including merchant exporters under the Interest Equalisation Scheme (IES) for Pre and Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit.

This allows exporters interest equalisation rate of 3% on such credit for export of products covered under 416 tariff lines identified under the scheme. These products are largely in MSME and labour intensive sectors such as Agriculture, Textiles, Leather, Handicraft, machinery, etc.

Merchant exporters contribute to about 35% of country’s exports and high cost of credit equally blunts their competitive edge, observed Gupta in welcome the government’s latest support for exporters in the New Year.

The support to merchant exporter is most timely as interest rates are moving northward in the country and the 3% subsidy will reduce their cost of operation significantly, he said in reaction on 2 Jan 2019.

This will help the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector as most of exports by the merchant exporters are in respect of products manufactured by MSME.

Therefore, the benefit will give a push to manufacturing in MSME creating job opportunities as well, said Gupta.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal of the Department of Commerce for including merchant exporters under the Interest Equalisation Scheme (IES) for Pre and Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit by allowing them interest equalisation rate of 3% on such credit for export of products covered under 416 tariff lines identified under the scheme. These products are largely in MSME and labour intensive sectors such as Agriculture, Textiles, Leather, Handicraft, machinery, etc.

The proposal will entail benefits of around Rs 600 crore to exporters on interest equalisation, for the remaining period of the scheme.

Inclusion of merchant exporters in the scheme is expected to make them more competitive, encouraging them to exports more products manufactured by MSMEs adding to country’s exports. Additional exports by them will increase production by MSME giving a fillip to employment generation as MSME are generally in the employment intensive sectors.

The present scheme, which is in-force from 1.4.2015 for five years, provides interest equalization rate of 3% on Pre and Post Shipment Rupee Credit tor all manufacturing exporters exporting identified 416 ‘four-digit’ tariff lines and 5% on all merchandise products manufactured and exported by MSMEs.

Merchant exporters were hitherto not covered under the scheme.

Exporting community has been persistently demanding inclusion of the merchant exporters also in the ongoing scheme.

Merchant exporters play an important role in finding overseas markets, getting export orders, communicating to MSME manufacturers the current preferences, trends and demand for products in international export markets.

Merchant exporters also play a pivotal role in exports of MSME manufacturers as MSME manufacturers export significant quantity of products through merchant exporters.

High cost of credit equally impacts their competitiveness also as they factor the high interest costs in their export costing. fiinews.com

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