KCCI alleges export hitch on some products by Customs Dept

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) has alleged the Customs and Excise department creating hurdles in export of some products, barring them under Documents against Acceptance (D/A)- a GOI regulation followed in some exports wherein exports need to be covered either by a Bank Guarantee or ECGC Guarantee.
Addressing a press conference here president KCCI, Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the department is “deliberately making obstacles in the export of many Kashmiri handicrafts by clubbing these under the DA regulation.”
Ashiq claimed that the GoI notification does not cover certain handicraft products from Kashmir that can still be traded on DA more, but the authorities are not allowing this.
“Their officials claim that the goods and products fall under the DA notification,” he said.
He said the notification of Ministry of Commerce and Industry is being misinterpreted by the officials in the Srinagar who are not allowing the export of products invoking DA.
“We are not able to ship our products to different countries abroad,” he said, adding that we fail to understand when the similar products can be exported from Delhi and other cities why not from Kashmir.
He also claimed that they tried to meet the Deputy Commissioner Customs and Excise to apprise him about the hardship faced by the traders but it has not matured.
Other KCCI members also said there are some deliberate attempts to discourage the exports from Kashmir due to which the trade is showing downward trend.