India’s Food Safety Regulator Eases Business Policies

To facilitate ease of doing business, state-owned Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) put in place procedures to simplify licensing and registration processes:

  • It developed an online Food Licensing and Registration System in all states, (except in Nagaland) as also at airports, seaports and in India’s railway systems.
  • Working in collaboration with the national Center for Good Governance, FSSAI developed forms  that are now much simpler than before.
  • Inspection of premises before issuing licenses has been waived by the authority.
  • FSSAI will strengthen its customer care cell and make it available throughout the day for consumer complaints, food import clearance issues, food registration and licensing issues, and any other related queries.
  • FSSAI approved a policy to accept Codex standards where there are no government guidelines in place, while concurrently initiating the exercise of aligning its standards with Codex.
  • FSSAI simplified food import clearances: It integrated its Food Import Clearance System with the Indian Customs and Central Excise gateway, enabling a food importer to file an application on the Single Window Interface to Facilitate Trade or SWIFT System.

Food Import Clearance Process:

File Application on SWIFT ->Document Scrutiny->Inspection & Sampling->Samples to Lab->Lab Test Report-> No Objection or Non Conformance Certificate ->Transmit NOC/NCC online to SWIFT->Authorities decide on release of consignment

  • For importing food into India the importer must have a valid FSSAI License and the Import-Export Code from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade.
  • Currently FSSAI is present at 6 places in India: Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin and Tuticorn.
  • In the case of food items with a very short shelf life, (such as fresh fruit and processed cheese) FSSAI will issue a Provisional No Objection Certificate immediately.
  • To eliminate the current practice of multiple sampling and testing from the same cargo, and to facilitate import clearance, FSSAI now allows one homogeneous sample to be drawn from commingled cargo of pulses, cereals and oils for multiple importers at the first port of discharge. The analysis report of the sample at the first port of discharge will remain valid at other ports of discharge.

FSSAI Logo

October 23, 2017   No Comments

India’s Zoomcar to Launch Bicycle Sharing Service

Ford-backed car rental service Zoomcar based in Bangalore, India, is set to start a bicycle sharing business. Founder, American  expatriate  Greg Moran, said that the company will have its own fleet of cycles and will start the service in Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata.

“We have observed a huge market gap for trips shorter than 5 kilometers (3 miles)  and we believe that the cycle is best positioned to serve these cases. We are starting with a fleet of 500 cycles but we will take it to 10,000 within this year. We have worked heavily on the technology aspect of this business,” said Moran.

Bicycles

Zoomcar partners with a number of locations, such as retail stores and other small businesses in each city, to keep and manage the cycles. When a user requests for a cycle on the app, the nearest location will show up. The user can pick up a cycle from the location, and after using it, can leave it pretty much anywhere. The partner that is nearest has to arrange to pick up the cycle. The cycles will have GPS to indicate its location, reports the Economic Times.

October 16, 2017   No Comments

USTDA to Work with Airports Authority of India

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency signed a memorandum of understanding with the Airports Authority of India to support a 20-year master plan aimed at expanding the operational capacities of the Kolkata and Lucknow international airports, two of the fastest growing airports in India.

State-owned Airports Authority of India selected the Cincinnati-based company Landrum & Brown to conduct the master planning, and modernize these vital transportation hubs.

Jet Plane

“We are pleased to support this important project that will support India’s rapid aviation growth, while connecting U.S. businesses with new export opportunities,” said Thomas R. Hardy, Virginia-based USTDA’s Acting Director.

As the world’s ninth largest aviation market, India’s civil aviation sector is on a high growth trajectory, poised to be the third largest national market by 2020 and, potentially, the largest by 2030, reports Money Control.

September 22, 2017   No Comments

“Co-Working” Catches on in India

Co-working, a concept where individuals or startups share a common workplace environment, is slowly catching on across prime property markets in India. Across the country, co-working space of 0.73 million sq ft was tenanted last year.

“Though still nascent, this category could prove to be a disrupter as bigger co-working players such as WeWork enter India and more such facilities pop up across cities,” said Ramesh Nair, CEO of JLL India.

With 9,600 seats available at co-working facilities across the country, Mumbai records the highest absorption nationally, followed by Delhi-NCR, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad, reports the Economic Times.

Inside an Office

Sumit Lakhani, CMO at Awfis Space Solutions said, “Companies can make savings of up to 20-30% by working in a co-working space.” The firm’s clientele includes small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups, freelance professionals, consultants, and corporations.

May 30, 2017   No Comments

Warehousing Sector Surges in India

In anticipation of the national Goods and Services Tax roll-out in July, warehousing facilities will increase by 18 percent to 132.5 million sq ft, and this sector is likely to see investments of about $700 million, according to industry experts

Delhi-NCR had the maximum warehousing stock in 2016 at 29.3 million sq ft, followed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai  Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad.

A warehouse

Ramesh Nair, CEO, JLL India, told BusinessLine that in 2016, the Grade A and B warehousing stock touched 111.9 million sq ft from 96.8 million sq ft in 2015, and that the GST roll out will “up-grade warehousing infrastructure.”

According to Nair, Pune and Chennai lead the way in Grade A and B warehouse rentals due to their proximity to manufacturing hubs, and local market dynamics.

 

May 30, 2017   No Comments