05th December, 2020
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDE BIG RELIEF TO INDIAN FOOTWEAR TRADE & INDUSTRY
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) today expressed its gratitude to Union Commerce Minister Shri Piyush Goyal for accepting the demand of CAIT for extension of last date for compliance of BIS standards by the footwear sector of the Country. In compliance of the order of Shri Goyal, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, has issued three gazette notifications yesterday late night amending three important Notifications pertaining to Footwear trade and Industry which are , ” Personal Protective Equipment-Footwear (Quality Control) Order , 2020, Footwear made from Leather and other materials (Quality Control) Order,2020 and Footwear made from Rubber and all polymeric material and its components (quality Control) Order,2020 ” With three above notifications the applicability of compliance with BIS Standards by Footwear Trade & Industry has been extended to 1st July,2021.
CAIT National President Mr. B.C.Bhartia & Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal said that the said three notifications issued yesterday amend the earlier order issued on 28th October,2020 ,Goods or articles specified in above orders were made to bear compulsory the Standards mark under a licence from the Bureau as per schedule of Bureau of Indian Standards ( Conformity Assessments ) Regulations,2018 effective from 29th October,2020.
India is the second largest global producer of footwear after China, accounting for 13% of global footwear production of 16 billion pairs. India produces 2065 million pairs of different categories of footwear (leather footwear – 909 million pairs, leather shoe uppers – 100 million pairs and non-leather footwear – 1056 million pairs).India exports about 115 million pairs. The India’s footwear industry is still dominated by firms that cater largely to the domestic market through the artisanal production system whereas the BIS standards prescribe usage of certain standards and for that the manufacturing units have to be upgraded. Domestic Footwear Industry in India is valued at approximately US$ 3200 million, projected growth at 11 – 12% p.a.
Mr. Bhartia & Mr. Khandelwal said that since the footwear trade & industry was not having the capacities and capabilities and other required facilities to comply with the BIS Standards and upon requests and memorandum of various Footwear Associations across Country, the CAIT took the matter with Union Commerce Minister Shri Piyush Goyal to extend the date to a reasonable time to enable the footwear manufacturers and traders to equip themselves with required facilities for compliance of BIS Standards, the DPIIT has issued another notification of date 4th December,2020, the date has been extended to 1st July,2021. With this step of the Government and during the time in between, the footwear trade and industry in India will make itself capable of producing high standards quality goods which will also enhance the exports of footwear to other Countries.
Both Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that the CAIT will actively work with pan India Associations of Footwear Manufacturers and Traders and will support them to set up dedicated Footwear Complex and Footwear Components Part in places where footwear clusters are located across the Country. The CAIT will also provide its assistance in procurement of required machinery, technical know-how, footwear designing centres and setting up of testing laboratories and if need arises, the CAIT will also seek support from the Government.