Government seeks duty-free access for ODOP products in trade deals

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To promote exports, the government plans to obtain duty-free access for various products, identified under the One District One Product (ODOP) initiative.

Piyush Goyal, Union minister for textiles, trade and industry, said ODOP products like handicrafts, looms and jewelry offer huge opportunities.

Addressing the launch of the ODOP giveaway catalog and showcase on the GeM procurement portal here, the Minister said: “We are entering into FTAs ​​where we are looking at duty free access for all of these products. So we can create international acceptance of these products.

States take a range of measures to promote properties under the ODOP. Notably, states like Uttar Pradesh have products like garments and handicrafts under ODOP.

Experts believe that there are many opportunities for these products. E-commerce platforms also sell these products.

In a free trade pact, two or more countries significantly reduce or eliminate tariffs on the maximum number of goods traded between them to boost bilateral trade.

The Department of Commerce is engaging with state and central government agencies to promote the initiative. The objective is to convert each district of the country into an export hub by identifying products with export potential, addressing bottlenecks for the export of these products, helping local exporters/manufacturers scaling up manufacturing and finding potential buyers outside India.

On this occasion, the Minister also insisted on a five-point approach for the success of the ODOP and which includes the development of unique gift destinations with high quality suppliers; involving students from institutions such as the National Institute of Design; and in-depth training sessions for artisans.

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