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APPAREL CONNECT CONFERENCE 2019
Taking place on 16 May 2019 in New Delhi, this year’s APPAREL CONNECT, Apparel Logistics Conference will examine how manufacturers, suppliers, logistics service providers and infrastructure operators can stay competitive in these times of change and successfully manage the risks and opportunities ahead.
Easy Custom Clearance
Satya Prasad Sahu, Commissioner single window, Central Board of Excise and Customs while speaking in the conference addressed the issues being faced by the industry stakeholdersand said, “The first commitment that we have to make is the Cargo clearance process at the ports and the airports completely paper free. Some of you may have noticed that we have come up with a bill of entry, integrated decoration and paperless processing regulations 2018. Those regulations are designed in such a way that there is no assumption has to use of hardcopy paper in the clearance process. “Likewise, the single window initiative allows for the people work we filed electronically at a single point for clearance purposes and the decisions will be coming back to the exporter or the broker directly on their systems without the broker or the exporter having to approach any office. So, typically as a shipper, we do not expect you to budge from your office and let the Logistic Service Provider do the rest for you when it comes to Cargo clearance, that is the expectation which we have of ourselves and that is what we would like to see happening at your end as well, So, that is as far as logistics part is concerned,” concluded Sahoo.
The garment industry has seen a major transition that has forced retailers to be cost competitive and flexible, and to offer more variety than before, so that strategic decisions can be made within the industry regarding how to drive the supply chain from mass production to becoming agile. A number of new technologies have been incorporated into different stages of the garment supply chain; from manufacturing to distribution to retail that will assist retailers to stay in the lead by offering the right product at the right time and at the right place, with the right quantity and quality. Global factors such as free-trade agreements of competing nations with key markets like Europe, the UK and the US had already been posting a challenge to Indian ready-made garments (RMG) exporters. However, post Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation in July 2017, reduced export incentives coupled with delay in input credit refunds have further accentuated the industry's woes.