EIC gets ISO-9001:2000 status by Netherlands DNV

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New Delhi, Jul 7 (UNI) Export Inspection Council (EIC), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry which is providing services to the Indian exporting community, has been granted the status of an ISO-9001:2000 organisation by Netherlands DNV.

Due to the efforts of EIC, which has been implementing an Integrated Computerisation Project (ICP) to automate all its activities particularly online submission of Certificate of Origin (CoO) activity, an important exporter-centric activity, facility of online submission of CoO application has been provided to exporters all over the country.

About one million certificates are issued to the exporters annually.

EIC has developed schemes for different export products for a hassle free entry into export markets in view of necessary certification requirements of Indian exports.

New schemes have been developed for various export products such as non-genetically modified food; Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani Products; feed additives and premixtures; gelatine; groundnut/non-basmati rice and sesame seed.

Continuous monitoring and surveillance undertaken by the EIC/EIAs of the fish and fishery products establishments for export to the European Union has reulted in the considerable reduction in the number of complaints/rejections of export consignments over the past four years.

EIC's certification has been recognised by Korea (in 2004 for frozen marine products, processed spice goods, jam, honey, tea, preserved goods and sugar); by Turkey (in 2004 for food products and food packaging materials); by Sri Lanka (in 2004 for more than 100 products under its Import Inspection Scheme); by Singapore (in 2004 for food and agriculture, electric and electronic, telecommunication and drugs and pharmaceuticals); by Japan (in 2005 for poultry and marine products), by Italy (in 2005 for marine sector) and by China (in 2006 for iron ore).

Major progress has been achieved similarly in negotiation of Agreement/Recognition with many other countries like Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Bangladesh, Libya, Pakistan, Malaysia and New Zealand.

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