“Khadi” gets exclusive HS code to boost its export

New Delhi (NVI): In a bid to make export of “Khadi”, an exclusively categorized fabric from the general league of textile products, the government has finally allocated separate Harmonized System (HS) code for this signature fabric of India.

The Harmonized System is a six-digit identification code which was developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and custom officers to clear every commodity that enters or crosses any international border.

The exclusive HS code bracket was allocated to Khadi by the ministry of commerce and industries on November 4.

Speaking on the occasion, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said, “This decision of government will open a new chapter in the field of Khadi export. Earlier, Khadi did not have its exclusive HS code.”

“As a result, all the data regarding the export of this signature fabric used to come as a normal fabric under the textile head. Now, we will be able to keep a constant eye not only on our export figures but it will also help us in planning our export strategies, ” he added.

Khadi and Village Industries products are eco-friendly and natural, and are in great demand in the International Markets. Recognizing its potential to generate exports and its eco-friendly importance, the Ministry of Commerce had accorded deemed Export Promotional Council Status (EPCS) to KVIC in 2006, to boost the export of Khadi products, said an official statement.

However, in the absence of separate HS code, the export of Khadi products was difficult to categorize and calculate, the statement added.

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