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STREAMLINING OF PROCEDURES RELATING TO THE EXPORT OF PERISHABLE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE

APPENDIX 40 - Appendix - DGFT - APPENDIX 40 - APPENDIX - 40 1. Policy There is a need to streamline the export process for perishable agriculture produce with a view to enhancing its competitiveness in the international market. The export facilitation is being effected through a series of measures, significant amongst which are : a) Streamlining of documentation and processes; b) Setting up of a system of multi-functional nodal agencies to operate single window system for expeditious clearing of .....

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shable Agricultural Produce; ii. Export Document means and includes a Certificate, Test report, packing list or any other documents set out in Schedules A & B of this Appendix required to be issued by various agencies under the present laws of India or the laws of the importing country, which could hereafter be issued by a nodal agency to facilitate the export of the Perishable Agricultural Produce through Single Window Clearance; iii. Known Shipper means a person or a body of persons involv .....

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icultural Produce means all produce and commodities that are of nature, and are likely to be subjected to natural decay, spoilage or destruction, whether processed or unprocessed, of agriculture, horticulture, apiculture, livestock, marine produce, forest produce and or as declared through by notification from time to time; ii. Single Window Clearance System means and includes a system of performing multiple functions of export documentation and collection of charges related to it, of one or mor .....

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rgo for exports. The definitions specified under Section 2 of the FTDR Act, 1992 and under Chapter 9 of Foreign Trade Policy, would apply mutatis mutandis under this Appendix. 3. Single-Window Clearance System The system will involve creation of multi-functional Nodal Agencies, which will be required to be mandatorily accredited by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). The accreditation would enable them to function as a single window for clearance of per .....

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sted in Schedule A to this Appendix. Some of the agencies, which could be hired by the exporters for the purpose, are as under: (1) Nodal Agency acting as a Single Window for performing all functions; (2) Nodal Agency in combination with other Regulatory Agencies (performing core functions); (3) Nodal Agency in combination with other Regulatory Agencies (performing non-core functions); (4) Known Shipper performing through self declaration; and (5) Regulatory Agencies performing core functions in .....

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owing : a) Control and regulation of the service levels, charges, terms and conditions that may be levied upon exporters of Perishable Agricultural Produce by nodal agencies; b) Prescribing the criteria for accreditation of Nodal Agencies; c) Accreditation, renewal, modification, suspension or cancellation of such accreditation of Nodal Agencies; d) Levy of charges for carrying out the purpose of this Appendix. e) Calling for information from, undertaking inspection of, conducting enquiries and .....

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owers and functions of Nodal Agencies shall include the following: a) The nodal agency shall perform all or one or more than one of the following functions required for the export of Perishable Agricultural Produce through a Single Window Clearance System: I. Issue Export Documents as per the notified procedure; II. Collection and remittance of notified charges for issue of export document; and III. Any other function as APEDA may prescribe. b) The Nodal Agency shall be accountable and answerabl .....

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ses of the documents as specified in the Schedule A to this Appendix. The documents specified in Schedule B shall only be facilitated by the Nodal agencies. The Nodal agency acting as facilitating agency will compile and consolidate the information and submit Single Export Document (SED) along with Shipping Bill, SDF / GR Form, Commercial Invoice and the Phytosanitary Certificate (as listed out in Schedule B) to Custom Authorities for Let Export Order . The format of SED is specified in Schedule .....

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heard in the matter, suspend or forfeit the accreditation granted to the said agency of the shipper. However, no such action shall affect the validity of any contract entered into or made before the date of such action, and APEDA may make such provision as it deems fit in the suspension or forfeiture order for the due performance of any contract outstanding on that date; (ii) If any Nodal agency, which is required under this Appendix or any rules made there under: (a) Fails to furnish any docume .....

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or a person who is in charge of, and responsible to a nodal agency to conduct the business of the nodal agency obstructs any officer of APEDA or any other person authorized by it to conduct inspection or to discharge any other function assigned by the APEDA, such persons as well as the nodal agency shall be liable to penal action as prescribed by APEDA; (iv) If any nodal agency, after having been called upon by APEDA in writing to redress the grievances of exporters, fails to redress such grieva .....

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A, under this Appendix. 8 Amendment of schedule The addition/ deletion of any document(s) in the schedule may be carried out through notification by the DGFT without prejudice to any of the provisions contained in The Customs Act 1962, The Shipping Bill and Bill of Export (Form) Regulations, 1991 and The Plant Quarantine Act & Notification 8-97/91-PP.I, dated 26th November 1993. SCHEDULE A LIST OF DOCUMENTS TO BE ISSUED BY NODAL AGENCIES S.No. Document Ministry Involved Act Chapter Section 1 .....

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