EICI fa­cil­i­tates MSME sec­tor

Vi­jay Ku­mar, COO, Express In­dus­try Coun­cil of In­dia, high­lights the role of EICI and how ECCS is ben­e­fi­cial for the MSME sec­tor.

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How ECCS is driv­ing the In­dian cus­toms to­wards trans­parency, speed and ef­fi­ciency in the cus­toms clear­ing prac­tice?

Express Cargo Clear­ance Sys­tem is an EDI sys­tem for cus­toms clear­ances of courier ship­ments. The sys­tem is a joint de­vel­op­ment of In­dian Cus­toms and in­dus­try body Express In­dus­try Coun­cil of In­dia (EICI). The pri­mary ob­jec­tive of the sys­tem is to in­tro­duce ex­pe­dited cus­toms clear­ances for trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion, trans­parency in gov­er­nance as well as en­sure reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ances are met. ECCS is a to­tally pa­per­less cus­toms clear­ance process and dove­tails with In­dia’s com­mit­ment to lower car­bon foot­print.

How does this model work?

This pro­ject is a joint pro­ject of EICI and In­dian Cus­toms. The pro­ject is funded by EICI and the de­vel­op­ment of the mod­ule is con­trolled by In­dian Cus­toms. This is among the few gov­ern­ment projects where a high de­gree of col­lab­o­ra­tion was un­der­taken be­tween trade stake­hold­ers and the gov­ern­ment in de­vel­op­ing a gov­ern­ment sys­tem – lead­ing to trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion in its truest form as well as en­sur­ing com­pli­ance re­quire­ments of the reg­u­la­tor. Due to high in­volve­ment of re­spec­tive stake­hold­ers the ECCS pro­ject has be­come a unique sys­tem among Cus­tom ad­min­is­tra­tions.

How are small and medium en­ter­prises set to gain most from ECCS?

The ma­jor seg­ment that express in­dus­try serves are from the mi­cro, small and medium seg­ment of the In­dian econ­omy. In­dia’s mi­cro ex­porters and im­porters al­most ex­clu­sively rely on the express in­dus­try to ful­fil their lo­gis­tics needs to con­nect to global trade. With cross bor­der e-com­merce gain­ing strength, express de­liv­ery ser­vices pro­vide an im­por­tant link­age to our mi­cro and small ex­porters and im­porters. Hence, with in­tro­duc­tion of ECCS trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion gets a ma­jor fil­lip. It also aligns closely with Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s ini­tia­tives in ‘Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness’ as well as ‘Make in In­dia’.

Would you like to throw some light on the hur­dles be­ing faced by im­porters and ex­porters and how is ECCS help­ing in re­duc­ing the same?

ECCS en­sure trans­parency in gov­ern­ment deal­ings lead­ing to bet­ter gov­er­nance.

ECCS en­sures a 100 per cent pa­per­less clear­ance en­vi­ron­ment.

ECCS en­sures faster cus­tom clear­ances lead­ing to trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion and im­prov­ing the ease of do­ing busi­ness for the small and mi­cro sec­tor of the econ­omy.

Other than MSME, which sec­tors are be­ing aimed to get fa­cil­i­tated with ECCS?

All sec­tors hav­ing lo­gis­tics needs and im­porters and ex­porters will ben­e­fit greatly from ECCS. The reg­u­la­tors will ben­e­fit be­cause of bet­ter trans­parency and com­pli­ance.

With in­tro­duc­tion of ECCS, trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion gets a ma­jor fil­lip. It also aligns closely with Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s ini­tia­tives

Vi­jay Ku­mar COO Express In­dus­try Coun­cil of In­dia

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