India Export Incentives

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The Indian government has fixed a ambitious target of earning $900 billion annually by 2020. As India started its path as an emerging economy with a consumer hungry market, it naturally spends foreign exchange more than the amount it earns. To keep the country’s currency stable and to keep considerable amount of foreign currency reserve, the Indian Government is trying at various levels to improve its export business horizons.

One of the key initiative is to provide the exporters with incentive bonus for the exports they make. Previously incentives were provided only for the export of goods. Now the government of India started to provide incentives for service exports also. It has been classified as MEIS and SEIS. MEIS is Merchandise Export Incentive Scheme and SEIS is Service Export from India Scheme.

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Depending upon the product which has been exported and the country to which it has been exported, the incentives varies from 3-7% on the entire forex earned by the exporter. Apart from this, government bodies like Spices Board for Exporter, Coir Board, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, Export benefits from Engineering Export Promotion Council, Silk Board, Tea Board, Coffee Board for exporters, Spices Board of India and many others provide the exporters with various other incentive benefits.

These kind of schemes gives the Indian exporters a competitive advantage over the global exporters. In heavily competitive markets like textile export, Indian exporters sometimes work on zero margin and rely purely on the export incentives alone.

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