implement the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to convert each district
into an export hub as announced by him in his Independence Day Speech in 2019
To implement the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to convert each
district into an export hub as announced by him in his Independence Day
Speech in 2019, the Government of India is working with the State / UT
Governments towards the achievement of these objectives through an
institutional mechanism being created at the district level.
Department of Commerce through the Director General of Foreign Trade
(DGFT) is engaging with State / UT Governments to take forward this initiative
in the districts and enable its implementation in a phased manner, with the
objective of mobilizing the potential of each district of the country to achieve its
potential as an export hub.
Objectives of the District as Export Hub initiative is as under
The envisaged initiatives in the District as Export Hub include the
As part of this initiative, an institutional mechanism is being set up in each
District in the form of District Export Promotion Committees (DEPCs) that may
be headed by DM/Collector/DC/District Development Officer of the District
and various other stakeholders as its members. The primary function of the
DEPC will be to prepare and act on District Specific Export Action Plans in
collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders from the center, State and the
The preliminary exercise will include an assessment of a district to identify the
current export profile, its further potential in the district, quantifiable targets to
increase export performance from the District. This involves identifying and
promoting products, which are currently being exported from there, and also
identifying and promoting new products in the district with export potential.
These efforts are to be taken forward through an institutional mechanism to
undertake a baseline study across goods and services, to map current export
activities and the future potential along with the infrastructure and other
constraints and bottlenecks that would need to be addressed to achieve this
All key officers related to agriculture, horticulture, livestock, fisheries,
handicrafts, handlooms and industry in the district and also the Lead Bank
Manager will work towards the participation of key Export Promotion Councils,
Quality and Technical Standards Bodies, Government of India departments like
MSME, Heavy Industry, Revenue and Textiles will be part of the initial
meetings. The initial meetings in the identified Districts are being conducted by
the DGFT Regional Authorities in collaboration with the District and State
DEPC will focus on the specific actions required to support local exporters /
manufacturers in producing exportable products in adequate quantity and with
the requisite quality, and reaching potential buyers outside India.The primary
function of the DEPC will be to prepare and act on District Specific Export
Action Plans in collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders from the Center,
State and the District.
Effort shall be made by the DEPC in each District to identify the issues of local
exporters and industries and take it up with the concerned
departments/ministries at the State or Centre for quick resolution. Support in the
form of product/sector specific training and development needs of local
industries, dissemination of information through outreach activities including
buyer-seller meets, trade fairs, workshops etc. shall be provided in each District.
The role/functions of the District Export Promotion Committee
1. Prepare a time-bound, detailed District Export Action strategy / plan for the
district to develop as an export hub.
2. Benchmarking baseline export performance of the district, including
identification of products and services currently exported with export
volumes, destinations etc. and additional products/services with good
promise of targeting export markets.
3. Comprehensive analysis of the strength of each district and the gaps in
product quality/design, production efficiency/competitiveness, infrastructure,
logistics, utilities, enforcement of standards etc. with a view to identifying
interventions to enhance export of existing goods and services being
exported and achieving the potential available for export of new goods and
4. Goods and services being manufactured/produced in the district, identify the
export potential of items available in such districts (including GI products).
5. Map the existing trade infrastructure available for thrust sector in the
6. Identify major bottlenecks and challenges hindering export of thrust sector in
7. Identify thrust Items/GI Products/Agricultural items from export perspective
for further in-depth analysis.
8. Identifying training and development needs of District industries and
coordination for training with other departments.
9. The exercise will be carried out through interaction with a wide array of
district based stakeholders ranging from producers, exporters etc. and
relevant stakeholders outside the district also. Towards this end consultation
meetings, seminars, workshops may be organized.
10.Entry of all district level data/ information/progress into the portal being
developed by DGFT and through the portal activate a virtual
engagement/interaction forum for involving evolving and reaching out to all
stakeholders in the district, by enabling/facilitating them to come on board.
11.Act as a grievance redressal forumfor exporters and follow up with the
concerned Central and State agency.
12. Facilitate in organising buyer-seller meets, exhibitions, trade fairs etc. in
the District to encourage the industries to showcase their products to the
13.Implementing the District Export Action Plan in a phased manner to ensure
the District achieves the targeted export growth.
The District Export Action Plan will include clear identification of products
(goods and services) with export potential in the District. The plan may include
institutional/other responsibilities, specifics of policy, regulatory and
operational reform, and infrastructure/utilities/logistics interventions required
across the entire chain from producer/farm to the export destination, to cover
aspects like production, productivity/competitiveness, improvements required in
design, tie up of producers with exporters, aggregation, sorting, testing,
certification, packaging, transportation through cold chain or otherwise, import
export formalities, fulfillment of destination countries standards etc. It will also
include Identifying bottlenecks/Issues in GI production, registration, marketing
and its exports.
The plan will also include the support required by the local industry in boosting
their manufacturing and exports with impetus on supporting the industry from
the production stage to the exporting stage. Informative material on various
incentives provided by the Government of India and the respective State
Government of exporters will be disseminated to the industry and other
The Plan will also include strategy to enhance logistics and infrastructure at the
district level and better utilization of the Market Access Initiative (MAI)
Scheme of the Department of Commerce for inviting foreign buyers under
reverse buyer-seller meets at the District level, suitably gathering district level
commodity and services exports data including through GSTN and Customs
A District Export Action Plan may include the following:
State/ UTs Government will be assisted by DGFT in preparing an annual
“Export Ranking Index” of different districts in a particular State/ UT to rank
each district on its export competitiveness.
On 5th February, 2020, CBIC vide circular No 09/2020 has issued instructions
for incorporating additional attributes in the Shipping Bill from the
15th February, 2020 to capture District and State of origin of goods exported.
This will assist in compiling District level export data for determining the
export performance of each District.
To ensure export data from the District is accurately captured without relying
entirely on the submission by the exporter at the time of export (Shipping bill),
Department of Commerce hasengaged with Ministry of Finance to find out
ways to gather data at the level of GSTN and ICEGATE. ICEGATE has
started generating District wise export data from September 2020 onwards.
This data will act as a baseline indicator for measuring export performance
in the Districts.
The outcome will be dependent on the implementation of District Export Action
Plans (DEAP) that will lead to improvement in trade specific ecosystem within the districts.
This will support and enhance export logistics and infrastructure, disseminate information to
support scaling up of local businesses and provide ease of access to the exporters in the form
of branding, packaging, testing, certification etc. to make them export competitive.
The quantifiable targets identified in the DEAPs will guide the various
government agencies both at the Center and the State/UT to work collectively to resolve issues
faced by the exporters of the District.
In the next 5 years, it is targeted that export growth of double digits is
registered from 350 Districts of the country, with significant growth in the exports of
identified products/services from each District.