Union Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu on April 03, 2018 launched the digital initiatives by Export Inspection Council (EIC) for ease of export.
It is expected that these digital initiatives will give a great boost to India’s potential for agricultural and food export.
EIC is the official export certification body of Government of India and has launched this flagship project of Digital India Initiative to keep pace with changing dynamics of the world.
Key Digital Initiatives
In order to continue the vision for credible inspection and certification and to strengthen the confidence on Indian produce, three portals have been developed to reduce transaction time and cost in a transparent manner.
The portals not only provide an opportunity for ease of export but also plays an important role in the Go Green initiative by reducing paper usage and saving millions of trees.
To provide fast, efficient and transparent services for ease of doing business in all sectors the complete export food chain has been integrated into this digital platform. Primary production, chain catch, aquaculture pond, dairy farms and apiaries are all linked. Processing units, testing laboratories, official controls and exports have complete traceability.
‘One lab-one assessment’ portal provides a unified approach to all stakeholders like accreditation bodies, regulators and laboratories by bringing them together on a common platform.
Simplified procedures for granting joint certification and joint decisions helps in reducing cost, time and multiplicity of assessment.
The Export Alert Monitoring portal monitors non-compliances raised by importing countries. The portal will enable monitoring of alerts and action taken by multiple organizations involved in initial certification in the food safety & bio-security and analysing the trend, understanding the trade barriers to reduce the alerts and enhance the export trade.
About Export Inspection Council (EIC)
The Export Inspection Council (EIC) was set up by the Government of India under Section 3 of the Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963 (22 of 1963), in order to ensure sound development of export trade of India through Quality Control and Inspection and for matters connected thereof.
EIC is an advisory body to the Central Government, which is empowered under the Act to:
• Notify commodities which will be subject to quality control and/ or inspection prior to export,
• Establish standards of quality for such notified commodities, and
• Specify the type of quality control and/or inspection to be applied to such commodities.
EIC has worked towards building the analytical capability for the country by providing accredited Proficiency Testing (PT) providers at Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai by reducing dependency on foreign PT providers and ease of access.