CAIT seeks ‘country of origin' info on all goods sold in India

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CAIT seeks ‘country of origin' info on all goods sold in India

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Intensifying its movement to boycott Chinese goods, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has written to Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and demanded that all products sold in India through e-commerce or offline shops or by any other method should mandatory having the mention of country of origin and content of valued addition in a particular item.

It is worthwhile to mention that accepting an earlier demand of the CAIT, the Union Government has declared to have mandatory inscription of all goods that are to be sold on government e-market portal and in furtherance of the same, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, the traders’ body said in a statement. 

CAIT national president B C Bhartia said that in the wake of several goods import from China and other countries are reported to be sold in India after pasting made in India has prompted the CAIT to demand the Commerce Minister Goyal not to limit this provision only for e-commerce but make it a mandatory provision for all the products that are sold in India either by e-commerce, offline shops, corporate showroom, direct Selling or by any other method.

The CAIT further demanded that products not carrying the above description should not be sold in the country and in the event of violation of this provision, the manufacturer, producer, importer or marketer as declared on the packing of such product should be held responsible and action must be taken against them.

Both Bhartia and Khandelwal said that the concept of value addition will contain the details about the composition of the products whether the product is 100 per cent made in India or imported or assembled in India by a combination of imported and Indian material or otherwise and will let the customer know about the exact percentage of contents of all goods.

 "We are of the considered opinion that provision of mentioning country of origin and value addition will make the customers fully understand as to what they are purchasing and will obliviate all confusions. Such a provision will also strengthen the “Make in India" concept of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will also demolish the unethical designs of certain sections to sell imported goods  by wrongly labelling " Made in India" on such goods"-said the trade leaders.

The Union government has begun the process of mentioning both above provisions on products sold on GeM from the date of the declaration then there should be no reason for delay from other e- commerce companies and they must implement the same with immediate effect, he said.

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