Ports, airports to remain open 24X7

The government has decided to keep a close vigil on the sector and provide all facilities including 24-hour working ports and airports in the country for smooth shipment.

After reviewing the export performance with the export promotion councils and leading chambers of commerce and industry on Tuesday, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma also said that there would be trade facilitation meetings every month between the Commerce Secretary, Director-General of Foreign Trade, regional DGFT offices and the export councils.“We will be monitoring this very closely,” Sharma said.

Commerce Secretary S R Rao has already held consultations in Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai and similar consultations have already been held in Ahmedabad and Cochin. A sectoral assessment was made on the sectors that are facing critical slowdown.

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