AEPC engages with its stakeholders to address concerns related to GST
New Delhi, June 30, 2017: To create awareness among its stakeholders about the implications of GST and to allay their concerns before its rollout on 1st July, 2017, AEPC with the support of National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN), successfully conducted a one day GST orientation programmes at nine different locations-Gurgaon, Mumbai, Tirupur, Kolkata, Jaipur, Bangalore, Ludhiana, Chennai and Noida.
The daylong event was designed to provide an overview of the GST framework with an emphasis on the related provisions applicable to apparel manufacturers and exporters as per their documentation and compliance requirements.
NACEN has been mandated to conduct GST training across India for all stakeholders. For this programme, NACEN provided the services of its trainers and resource persons to AEPC. Over 1500 participants attended the orientation programme through instructor lead sessions, videos, case study and examples. Apart from this, 48 AEPC officials have also been given training on GST matters through these programmes.
Exporters raised their concern related to post GST Export linked incentives, stock and inventories not sold, e bill, and dual matching of invoices. The officers present on the orientation programme solved many of the concerns and confusion on spot. AEPC will raise the issue with the government on the concerns which could not be addressed at the orientation programme.
In another major step, to assist garment exporters in GST compliances, AEPC in partnership with National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) have established a help desk to answer the queries of exporters on the functionalities related to GST. Through this helpdesk, AEPC would be providing the complete GSTN compliance right from providing of interface to upload / download APIs in the format prescribed by GSTN to conversion of data to the required formats as desired by GSTN through their GSP as well as ASP (Application Serviced Provider) for facilitating GST compliance. The services will be provided to AEPC members at concessional rate, under this arrangement.
Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Ashok G Rajani, Chairman Apparel Export Promotion Council said, “AEPC has been proactively engaging with its stakeholders to sensitise them about GST, a landmark indirect tax reform. Keeping in view the technology-driven GST compliance requirements, which could pose a challenge to exporters in the coming days, AEPC has initiated a series of measures to help stakeholders navigate these issues. We have already organised GST orientation programmes with the help of NACEN at nine apparel clusters for exporters and have received very encouraging feedback from them. We have also established a help desk in partnership with National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) -which is a GSTN approved GST Suvidha Provider (GSP) - to help exporters with the compliance of the new tax regime. Apart from this, AEPC officials who have been trained on GST matters will be ready to provide support for the compliance solution.
For technical queries related to GST specially online registration, filing of returns, claiming of refunds, validation of funds and other GST compliances, AEPC has set up a help desk at various regions across India through its regional offices which will be providing support to the exporters in regional languages also. AEPC has also come out with a FAQ booklet for apparel exporters. The complete profiles, services of NSDL and helpdesk details are placed at www.aepcindia.com
About Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC)
Incorporated in 1978, AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/ international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments. In recent years AEPC has worked tirelessly in integrating the entire industry - starting at the grass root level of training the workforce and supplying a steady stream of man power to the industry; identifying the best countries to source machinery and other infrastructure and brokering several path breaking deals for its members and finally helping exporters to showcase their best at home fairs as well as be highly visible at international fairs the world over. With AEPC's expertise and all the advantages that India has, it makes for a truly win-win situation - Indian exporters grow stronger each year in their achievements, skills and proficiency, while international buyers get superior solutions for their garment imports.
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