May 15, 2021

Joe Biden: US President-elect Joe Biden urged to deliver jewelry exports from India underneath GSP

Kolkata: Indian gem and jewelry exporters need the US President-elect Joe Biden to deliver jewelry exports from India to the US underneath GSP (generalised system of preferences) to offer India a aggressive edge over China.

“The council will as soon as once more elevate the problem of India’s inclusion in GSP for gems and jewelry in order that we are able to have a aggressive edge over our Chinese language counterparts,” mentioned Colin Shah, chairman, Gem & Jewelry Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).

Below President Donald Trump, the US had withdrawn its preferential remedy to Indian exports underneath the GSP granted to India and another growing international locations in 1976 that allowed some Indian exports to get duty-free entry into the US, permitting Indian exporters to export extra and develop sooner. The withdrawal of GSP turned efficient from June 5, 2019.

An optimistic Shah mentioned Biden has been a vp underneath Obama for eight years and has been a buddy and supporter of India throughout that interval and he expects his stance in the direction of India to replicate in financial and commerce insurance policies.

“We hope that there might be one other financial stimulus and better infrastructure spends which can increase the GDP of the US and in flip will increase consumption of gems and jewelry,” Shah mentioned.

GSP profit was withdrawn on exports of 45 gem and jewelry commodities from India valued $86.54 million. Crisil had noticed that the withdrawal of GSP will have an effect on exporters of gems & jewelry essentially the most as a result of 15% of such exports availed of its advantages in calendar 2018.

“Now there might be a further responsibility of seven% on exports of treasured metal-based and imitation jewelry. That may cut back competitiveness of home exporters and put strain on margins,” the ranking company mentioned final yr instantly after the GSP was withdrawn.

The 45 gadgets on which GSP has been withdrawn embrace treasured stones (aside from diamonds) and semiprecious stones, silver unwrought (aside from bullion and dore), gold (together with gold plated with platinum) in semi-manufactured varieties (besides gold leaves) amongst others.

Indian gem and jewelry exports suffered when the US withdrew GSP in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and thereby began attracting essentially the most favoured nation (MFN) price of round 5-6 per cent on the USA customs territories. The merchandise from which GSP was withdrawn have been silver articles of jewelry and elements, gold rope necklaces and neck chains, gold combined hyperlink necklaces and neck chains amongst others.

In keeping with GJEPC statistics, the gem and jewelry exports from India within the first half of the present fiscal stood at Rs 51,897.73 crore from Rs 1,06,871.37 crore in H1 of 2020, a drop of 37 per cent.