Exporters in tier 2 and tier 3 cities who send engineering goods abroad approach officials for information after the export-related event is over, said J. V. Raja Gopal Rao, Senior Assistant Director, EEPC India, sponsored by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. He was speaking to reporters following a meeting to raise awareness on incentives to exporters held at the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) the city on Friday.

He said his role was to create awareness about government incentives to exporters of engineering goods, especially in tier 2 cities. Though information is available on the organisation’s website, he said that it was not easy to understand. “They are not aware. They come to us only when there is an import duty concession,” he said. The government supports exporters in various ways. It includes financial support to those who want to exhibit their products at international expos. This year, Indian Engineering Exhibition (Imdee), the international goods exhibition is being held at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Sixty per cent of the exporter’s cost can be shouldered by the government. He told the audience about the agencies (such as Customs, Excise, ECGC), required certifications, and exhibitions.

The EEPC has as members 900 exporters from Karnataka. Of them, a bulk (more than 400) is from Bangalore. They include 45 to 50 from Belgaum, 15 to 17 in Mangalore, 100 from Mysore and 150 from Shimoga. From Mangalore, 15 to 17 exporters are registered with EEPC.

Uday Pandit, Branch Manager, Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd. (ECGCI), Mangalore, said the ECGCI covers the cost for the exporter, and considers the risk taken by the exporter while sending goods to another country. It supports exporters in sending goods to countries with difficult markets to access. There are three to four exporters of engineering goods from Mangalore.

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