The Commerce Ministry sets up a task force to resolve trade barrier issues for Exporters

Syllabus: GS-III;

Subject: Economic Development 

Topic: effects on industrial growth

Issue: Trade Barriers.

Context: India’s commerce ministry forms a task force to address trade barriers faced by exporters abroad, aiming for greater market access.


  • Aim to enhance market access by tackling issues like lengthy registration requirements and unreasonable standards/rules.
  • Focus on improving mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) with different countries to align product standards with importing nations’ requirements.
  • Emphasis on ensuring that global standards promote trade and don’t act as non-tariff barriers.
  • Global Trade Research Initiative recommends India’s swift action on the removal of non-trade barriers for achieving the one trillion dollar outbound shipment target by 2030.
  • Key Indian exports facing high barriers include chilies, tea, rice, meat, fish, and chemicals in various countries.
  • Non-tariff measures (NTMs) like regulations, standards, and testing are identified as barriers when arbitrary and beyond scientific justification.


What is mutual recognition agreement (MRA)?

·          A Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) is a formal agreement between two or more countries or trading partners. It allows them to recognize and accept each other’s standards, regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for specific products or services.

·          By doing so, MRAs aim to facilitate trade and market access by reducing redundant testing, certification, and inspection requirements.

Conclusion: The Commerce ministry’s task force targets swift resolution of trade barriers for Indian exporters, promoting global trade and market access.

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