DPIIT seeks views of e-commerce firms on mentioning ‘country of origin’ on each product

DPIIT seeks views of e-commerce firms on mentioning ‘country of origin’ on each product

NEW DELHI: The division for promotion of trade and inner commerce (DPIIT) on Wednesday sought views of e-commerce corporations like Amazon and Flipkart on mentioning the ‘nation of origin’ on every product offered via their platforms, in line with sources.

The problem was mentioned intimately throughout a gathering, held via video-conferencing, between officers of the DPIIT and representatives of e-commerce firms together with Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Tata Cliq, Paytm, Udaan and Pepperfry.

This comes in opposition to the backdrop of calls to boycott Chinese language items following border clashes between India and China in Ladakh.

The federal government procurement portal GeM has made it obligatory for suppliers/sellers to specify the nation of origin whereas registering new merchandise on the portal.

Based on the sources, mentioning the nation of origin would assist consumers take an knowledgeable determination whereas buying the merchandise.

“E-commerce firms’ views had been sought on this situation and likewise about native content material points,” a supply added.

One other firm supply stated there was no disconnect with the thought, however the corporations should {check} with their know-how groups to determine how lengthy it can take to get this completed.

The businesses steered to the division to additionally take sellers’ views on the matter as compliance could be wanted from their aspect as effectively.

“The DPIIT will maintain one other assembly on this in a couple of days, likely in July,” a supply stated.

Home merchants’ physique CAIT has demanded making it obligatory for e-commerce corporations to say the ‘nation of origin’ on every product offered on their platforms.

CAIT secretary common Praveen Khandelwal claimed that the majority e-commerce platforms are promoting Chinese language items and shopper aren’t effectively conscious of this reality.

The confederation has launched a marketing campaign to boycott Chinese language items.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) too has urged the federal government to make it obligatory for e-commerce corporations to say the nation of manufacture or origin of a product so that folks can establish if the products are made in China.

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