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Foreign Trade is gaining importance in India day by day. It has become a national priority as it is a vehicle to economic development/growth. With the formulation of WTO and advent of globalization, whole world has become one market. Therefore, becoming a major player in trade is not only desirable but is utmost necessary. Increase in exports is vital for growth whereas imports stimulate our economy. In backdrop of the above scenario, Govt. of India is committed to take all necessary steps to double our percentage share of merchandise trade within the next five years. For this, the Govt. formulates and implements policies which also act as an instrument to provide thrust to employment.

For this purpose, Ministry of Commerce through its attached offices of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, formulate and implement foreign trade policy. Such policy is announced under the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) rules, 1992 read with Foreign Trade (Regulation) Act, 1993.

One regional licensing office of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) is set up in Ludhiana. It caters to the needs of the entire state of Punjab except district of Amritsar. This office is second largest in northern India and handles an export of around 2 billion dollars per year. The main functions of this office are to implement Foreign Trade Policy as announced by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Commerce from time to time and to act as a bridge between trade and industry and the Central Govt.

Foreign trade policy contains various schemes and steps formulated by the Govt. to effectively regulate imports and to promote exports. Although quantative restrictions have been removed allowing free flow of imports of all the major items but some items still require control for which regulations are made in the foreign trade policies. A plethora of schemes have been provided to facilitate increase in exports. Such schemes include the following:-

  1. Assistance to states for infrastructure development for exports
  2. Financial assistance to export promotion councils, industry and trade associations, agencies of State Govt. Indian Commercial mission abroad and other persons as Market Access initiative.
  3. Financial assistance for marketing development.
  4. Providing financial assistance for meeting the legal expenses for Trade related matters.
  5. Recognising towns of export excellence and providing special facilities to such towns.
  6. Recognising the exporters contributing substantially to the export kitty of the country and providing them special benefits.
  7. Providing assistance to service sector by recognizing their efforts and extending them additional benefits.
  8. Providing duty free imports of raw materials consumables etc. meant to be used in exports.
  9. Neutralising the incidence of customs duty loaded in the export product.
  10. For building a good technological industrial base, the foreign trade policy also provides for imports of capital goods at concessional rate of customs duty.
  11. Recognising export oriented units, electronic hardware technology parks, Software technology parks and Bio-technologic parks and to grant them special status.
  12. Providing assistance for setting up and maintenance of special economic zones and using them as an effective instrument for export promotion.
  13. To create trade related infrastructure by providing for creation of free trade and warehousing zones.

Apart from the above, Ludhiana regional licensing office of the DGFT acts as a trade facilitator. It also deals with the quality complaints of the foreign buyers. It works in close coordination with other related economic offices like Customs Commissionerates, Central Excise authorities, DRI authorities and Enforcement Directorate.

The office is situated at 133-136, Green Field, Ludhiana-141002. The official website of can be approached at http://dgft.gov.in and our telephone Nos. are 2430474, 2401754 Fax No.2421280 and E.Mail address is ludhiana-dgft@nic.in