All Circulars

Sudden Demise of Mr. Pritam Khanna of M/s Pritam Khanna Rugs Pvt. Ltd., Varanasi
     
This is to inform with great sorrow the sudden demise of Mr. Pritam Khanna of M/s Pritam Khanna Rugs Pvt. Ltd., Varanasi on 29th September, 2017.
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Waiver of Late fee for delayed filing of return along with recent circulars & notifications
     
In order to have better adherence of GST, you are requested to kindly ensure that Payment of Tax is complete only when Amount of Tax payable is debited from electronic Cash/Credit ledger. Mere deposit into ledger is not enough.
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34th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
     
The 34th Annual General Meeting of the Carpet Export Promotion Council shall be held on 18th September, 2017 (Monday) at 10.30 A.M. in Hotel Radisson, L-2, Sector-18, NOIDA, Distt. Gautam Budh Nagar (U.P.) to transact the following business :
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Implementing Electronic Sealing for Containers by Exporters under self-sealing procedure
     
We are sending a copy of Circular No.36/2017-Customs dated: 28th August 2017 issued by Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue (Central Board of Excise and Customs) regarding procedures to be followed by the exporters for self-sealing of containers by using electronic seals as approved by the Central Board of Excise and Customs. Member-exporters are advised to adhere the procedures mentioned in the attached circular.
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The Government of Afghanistan and United States Agency for International Development invitation
     
We would like to inform that the Government of Afghanistan and United States Agency for International Development invite you to join their Trade and Investment Show aimed at developing stronger India Afghanistan relations by forging business deals for Afghan products including Carpets from 27-30 Sept., 2017 at New Delhi.
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Notification 20-2017 dated 22.08.2017 - Reduction on Rate on Job Works on Textiles and Textiles Products items falling under Chapter 50 to 63
     
In pursuant to the decision taken in GST council meeting dated 5th August , 2017 at New Delhi regarding reduction in rates on “Job work services in respect of the textiles and textile products MMF yarn, garments, made-ups, etc. falling in Chapters 50 to 63 from 18% to 5%”.
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Request for content for Social media posts from you.
     
Carpet Export Promotion Council has initiated a project to promote and publicize Indian Handmade Carpets around the world. Social media is the latest and fastest method to reach international audience. Hence, we have opened accounts on all major social media websites. We are collating information about Indian Handmade carpets and we need more content for creation of posts to be shared on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Participation in “Coir Kerala 2017” from 5th to 9th October, 2017 in Alappuzha (Kerala).
     
We have been informed by the Kerala State Coir Corporation Ltd., Kerala that the Department of Coir Development, Government of Kerala are organizing their 7th edition of the annual Coir Kerala Fair – an international event on Kerala Coir and natural fibre products -“Coir Kerala-2017” from 5th to 9th October, 2017 at EMS Stadium, Alappuzha, Kerala.
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Export Promotion Capital Goods
     
We wish to seek your valuable feedback on EPCG (Export Promotion Capital Goods) schemes under Foreign Trade Policy (FTP). In case you have availed EPCG benefits in recent past preferably last 10 years and have faced any difficulty in meeting the Export Obligation (EO) criteria of duty saved.
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Clarification regarding exports under drawback claim at higher rates along with GST amendments in July,2017
     
Ministry of Finance has issued notification 73/2017-Customs (N.T) dated July 26, 2017 for providing clarification regarding exports under claim of Drawback in GST regime thereby amending its earlier notification No. 131/2016 - Customs (N.T.), dated the 31st October, 2016.
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GSTR-3B format for filing GST return for the month July'17 and Aug'17
     
With the objective of ensuring smooth rollout of GST and taking into account the concerns expressed by the trade and industry regarding filing of the returns in GST regime, it was decided that, for the first two months of GST implementation, the tax would be payable based on a simple return (Form GSTR-3B) containing summary of outward and inward supplies which will be submitted before 20th of the succeeding month.
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Extension of last date of booking - Domotex Intl. Trade Fair in Hannover (Germany) 12-15 January 2018.
     
In continuation to this Council below Circular dated: 14-06-2017 we would like to inform you that the last date of receipt of application mentioned in the circular was 31st July 2017 but due to requests made by some members of this Council, the Committee has decided to extend the last date for receipt of application for Domotex 2018 to 31st August 2017. Though the last date has been extended but the applications will be considered on first come first serve basis.
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Notice for convening extra ordinary general meeting
     
Notice is hereby given that Extra Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the members of Carpet Export Promotion Council will be held on Friday, the 11th August, 2017 at 10.30 A.M. in FIEO Auditorium, Niryat Bhawan, Rao Tula Ram Marg, Opp. Army R & R Hospital, New Delhi – 110057 to consider and if thought fit to pass with or without modification the following resolutions:
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Prompt Redressal of Environmental Compliances of Dyeing units
     
We are concerned that some of our Dyeing units/plants are facing difficultly in meeting the environmental compliances and its approvals. The delay in compliances has resulted in abrupt and untimely closure and sealing of some units without proper intimation and has affected the production of the Carpet Industry. The Council has taken up the matter with the relevant authorities for appropriate considerations.
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Suggestions and Clarifications Regarding Obtaining LUT/Bond etc
     
Regarding facing of problems with regards to obtaining LUT/Bond etc. by some exporters at some ports, we had raised the issue at many levels. The suggestions and clarifications we have received are as follows-
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Goods and Services Tax(GST) number
     
As you are aware that Goods and Services Tax(GST) has been implemented with effect from 1st July 2017. All member exporters are required to register themselves under GST rules for effecting exports to avail the benefits for refund of GST. Also the subscription paid to CEPC and the GST applicable on it also might be available for input credit.
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ASEAN-INDIA EXPO & FORUM (AIEF) In Bangkok, Thailand, 2-5 August,2017.
     
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi is organizing participation in ASEAN-INDIA EXPO & FORUM (AIEF) at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand from 2-5 August, 2017. The Govt. of Thailand is organizing one of the special projects i.e. ASEAN-India Expo and Forum. to celebrate India’s 25 years of multilateral relations with ASEAN and 70 years of our bilateral relations with Thailand, The list of exhibits includes Agriculture, Auto-components, Chemicals, Textiles including Carpets & Floor coverings. This event will be the largest and the only India-ASEAN Expo to be held during the commemorative year. Thailand has also invited Ministerial delegations from the nine ASEAN countries along with the trade delegation.
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Revised Annual Membership Subscription for the year 2017-18
     
This is to inform that Annual membership subscription of this Council is revised due to applicability of GST w.e.f. 1-7-2017 as under :-
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Format of Export Invoice, Decisions in regard to Services ( Job work) taken by GST Council and Furnishing LUT & Bonds as applicable
     
In continuation to our e-mail dated 06.07.2017, We are pleased to forward herewith additional following information for your kind consideration and convenience.
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Export Procedures under GST Regime with relevant Undertakings and Bonds Formats.
     
We are forwarding herewith some important Circulars/Undertakings/Bond Formats pertaining to changes in Export Procedures under GST regime.
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City wise List of Experts for GST and GST Training by Min. of Finance on DD-Live
     
Seeing the number of queries on GST, Ministry of Finance has shared List Nodal Officers can be reached for various GST related queries and/or if you face problems with the local offices. Please copy the CEPC office at cepc.nd@gmail.com and the Chairman at chairman@cepc.co.in also.
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Domotex Intl. Trade Fair in Hannover (Germany) 12-15 January, 2018. Dear Sirs,
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites application for participation in Domotex Intl. Trade Fair to be held at Hannover (Germany) from 12-15 January 2018. Domotex Intl. Trade Fair is the world’s most important and largest specialized Trade Fair for Carpets & Floor Coverings. This activity as of now has been approved under MAI Scheme of the Govt. and offers an opportunity to the small scale cottage based member-exporters to showcase their products to the potential customers from all over the world.
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Meeting on GST - 14th June, 2017 at 2.30 P.M. in the AICMA Hall, Kaleen Bhawan, Bhadohi.
     
This is inform you that Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) in association with All India Carpet Manufacturers Association (AICMA), Bhadohi is convening a meeting on the issue of GST on Handmade Carpets and other floor coverings on Wednesday the 14th June, 2017 at 2.30 P.M. in the Conference Hall of AICMA, “Kaleen Bhawan”, Maryadpatti, Bhadohi. Mr. Mahavir (Raja) Sharma, Chairman, CEPC will address and apprise the Members on the current status of the GST and to decide the future line of action regarding GST.
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Interactive Meet on Textiles India, 2017 on 3rd June, 2017 at Gulab Bagh, Hotel Gateway Ganges (Hotel Taj), Varanasi from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
     
Ministry of Textiles is organizing an integrative Meet on “Textiles India 2017” on 03.6.2017 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at at Gulab Bagh, Hotel Gateway Ganges (Hotel Taj), Nadesar Palace, Varanasi (U.P.)
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Road Show on Textiles India, 2017 on 3rd June, 2017 at AICMA Hall, Bhadohi from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
     
Ministry of Textiles is organizing a Road Show on “Textiles India 2017” on 03.6.2017 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at AICMA Hall, Kaleen Bhawan, Maryadpatti, Bhadohi (U.P.)
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Participation in Autumn Fair International 2017 at NEC Birmingham (UK) 3-7 September, 2017 under DC(H) Scheme.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites application from the registered member-exporters of this Council for participation in Autumn Fair International at NEC, Birmingham (UK) from 3-6 September, 2017 in anticipation of the financial assistance from the Govt. Autumn Fair International is organized by i2i Events Group, London (U.K.). This is the largest Home Decor Exhibition in UK and one of the largest in Europe. The fair is covering 13 key product areas in the home and gift industry including Home Furnishing & Carpets. Autumn Fair is held over four days in the month of September. It is held across a weekend and week days to give all the visitors the best possible chance to attend suitable venue at National Exhibition Center, Birmingham and allowing buyers to replace stock in preparation for the festive season as well as previewing new product launches in time. Autumn Fair was held 28th time and this will be the 29th fair held each September at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK. Autumn Fair attracts all the leading international buyer in UK.
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Caution Listing of Exporters by RBI for non-closure of Export Realization.
     
We would like to inform you that a meeting was held on 13th April 2017 under the Chairmanship of Smt. Rita Teaotia, Secretary Commerce with RBI, IBA, FIEO, FICCI and EEPC to discuss the various issues for redrssal of the grievances of the exporters . The following important decisions were taken in the above meeting :
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Reminder for Annual Membership Subscription for the year 2017-18
     
We invite kind attention of our Member-Exporters to this Council’s circular dated 22nd March, 2017 regarding Annual Membership Subscription for the year 2017-18. We would like to inform you that as per records of this council, some members have not paid their annual membership Subscription for the year 2017-18 so far and while some of the members have paid membership subscription for the year 2017-18 but they have not furnished Chartered Accountants Certificate showing their export performance during 2016-17 to assess their actual membership dues . We are , therefore unable to clear their membership fee account.
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Participation in “Textiles India 2017” from 30thJune to 2ndJuly, 2017 in Gandhinagar (Gujarat)
     
As you are aware that Ministry of Textiles is organizing a mega international event ‘Textiles India – 2017’, from 30th June 2017 to 2nd July 2017 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The event will, for the first time, mark the positioning of an annual textile trade event in the country on the annual calendar of global trade events. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has kindly agreed to inaugurate the event.
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Business Meet of Rajasthan State Industrial Development & Investment Corporation Limited (RIICO) at Delhi on 12th May,2017
     
We are pleased to inform you that Rajasthan State Industrial Development & Investment Corporation Limited (RIICO), an apex industrial development organization of Govt. of Rajasthan is organizing a Business Meet in association with FICCI as per the following details:
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Participation in the HGH INDIA 2017 from 4-6 July, 2017 at Mumbai.
     
We would like to inform that this Council is organizing participation of its Member Exporters from 4-6 July, 2017 in 6th HGH INDIA 2017 for Home Décor, Gifts, House-ware and Home Textiles being organized by Texzone Information Services Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (East), Mumbai. The Council has fixed facilitation charges @ Rs. 3,000/- per sq. mtr. + Service Tax of 15% for a built up stand with minimum of 12 sq. mtr. subject to Government approval for financial assistance.
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Invitation to visit “TEXTILES INDIA - 2017” from 30th June to 2nd July, 2017 at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat (India).
     
We are pleased to inform that Ministry of Textiles, Government of India is organizing a mega international event “Textiles India – 2017”, from 30th June 2017 to 2nd July 2017 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has kindly consented to Inaugurate the Event. The three day event is expected to attract around 1,000 international and domestic exhibitors and 2,500 buyers from various countries. More details are available on www.textilesindia2017.com.
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Participation in “Textiles India 2017” from 30thJune to 2ndJuly, 2017 in Gandhinagar (Gujarat).
     
As you are aware that Ministry of Textiles is organizing a mega international event ‘Textiles India – 2017’, from 30th June 2017 to 2nd July 2017 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The event will, for the first time, mark the positioning of an annual textile trade event in the country on the annual calendar of global trade events. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has kindly agreed to inaugurate the event.
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Activities Undertaken by the Council from 1st January 2017 to 31st March,2017
     
We are forwarding a brief Report of the Activities Undertaken by the Council from 1st January 2017 to 31st March,2017 for information please.
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All Members of the Council.
     
This is to inform that Mr. Shiv Kumar Gupta has retired from the services of the Carpet Export Promotion Council on the 31st of March 2017 and Mr. Subodh Kumar Gupta has taken over the charge of Executive Director-cum-Secretary of the Council for the time being.
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Participation in “Textiles India 2017” from 30thJune to 2ndJuly, 2017 in Gandhinagar (Gujarat).
     
We would like to inform that Ministry of Textiles is organizing a mega international event ‘Textiles India – 2017’, from 30th June 2017 to 2nd July 2017 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The event will, for the first time, mark the positioning of an annual textile trade event in the country on the annual calendar of global trade events. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has kindly agreed to inaugurate the event.
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The 2017 China (Qinghai) International Carpet Exhibition in Xining (China) from 2nd to 6th June, 2017.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites application from registered member-exporters for participation in the 2017 China (Qinghai) International Carpet Exhibition at Xining (China) from 2nd to 6th June, 2017. We are proceeding in anticipation of the Govt. approval and receipt of financial assistance from the Ministry of Textiles, O/o. the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) as the MDA Scheme of the Ministry of Commerce has been discontinued. This is the largest retail Carpet & Floor coverings fair in Xining, China organized by the China Tibetan Carpet Association (CTCA). This Show provides an opportunity to the Indian Carpets Exporters to showcase their wide range of products before the potential buyers. The Organizers have informed that exhibitors from seven major handmade carpet producing countries, such as India, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal & Afghanistan, Turkey & Turkmenistan will show case their products and buyers from more than 30 countries and regions including European countries, United States, Japan, Russia, Canada, Indonesia, Brazil etc. will be visiting this fair. It is expected that participation of Indian carpet exporters may fetch encouraging results.
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Annual Membership Subscription for the year 2017-18
     
This is to inform that Annual Membership Subscription of this Council has already been revised w.e.f 1st April, 2016 as under:
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Awareness Interactive Session on E.P.F Scheme on 28th February, 2017 at Bhadohi.
     
We are pleased to inform you that Carpet Export Promotion Council in association with All India Carpet Manufacturers’ Association (AICMA) is organizing an “Awareness Interactive Session on EPF Scheme” in the Conference Hall of AICMA “Kaleen Bhawan”, Maryadpatti, Bhadohi on Tuesday, the 28th February, 2017 at 2.30 P.M. This also gives a platform for interaction with EPF officials and possible solutions to the issues if any subject to prior information to CEPC/AICMA in this regard. We request all members of CEPC & All India Carpet Manufacturers’ Association (AICMA), within the district of Bhadohi, Mirzapur, Varanasi and Jaunpur to participate in the Awareness Interactive Session.
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India Sourcing Fair, Colombo (Sri Lanka) 24th to 26th March 2017.
     
India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) is organizing India Sourcing Fair in Colombo (Sri Lanka) from 24th to 26th March 2017. The Fair is being held alongwith Lifestyle Fair 2017 which is stated to have a very good footfalls among the event being held in Colombo. ITPO have informed that the products on display will include Textiles & Home Furnishings, and carpet & its related products companies may participate in this fair. The participation charges fixed @ Rs.8,000/- per sq.m. by the ITPO. Total cost of a standard 9 sq.m. constructed stall will be Rs.72,000/- only.
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Council’s Election – 2015-16
     
The 33rd Adjourned Annual General Meeting was concluded on 16th February, 2017 in Hotel Radisson MBD, NOIDA (U.P.) wherein the following were declared elected :
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European Union (EU’s) Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scheme of Self Certification –Version of 24.01.2017
     
As you are aware that EU's "Generalised Scheme of Preferences" (GSP) allows developing countries to pay less or no duties on their exports to the EU. This gives our member exporters vital access to EU markets and contributes to India’s economic growth. The procedure of self certification (rather than by the approved agencies) for consignment value greater than € 6000 (Euro Six Thousand Only) has been institutionalized from 1st January,2017 onwards.
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Notice for Adjourned 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Council on 16th February, 2017 at Hotel Radisson MBD, NOIDA.
     
A notice is hereby given that the Adjourned 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Council will be held on Thursday, the 16th February, 2017 at 10.00 a.m. in Hotel Radisson MBD, L-2, Sector, 18, NOIDA (U.P.) to transact the pending agenda i.e. Conduct of Election of First Vice-Chairman, Second Vice-Chairman and 1/3rd Members of the Committee of Administration of this Council through web-based Electronic Voting System and declaration of results.
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Amendment in Duty Drawback Rates on Carpets and other Floor coverings of Man Made Fibres for the year 2016-17 effective from 15th January, 2017.
     
Carpet Export Promotion Council submitted representation on the basis of submissions from the Panipat Carpet Industry and also submitted the required Duty Drawback Data to the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance for revision of All Industry Duty Drawback Rates on Carpets and other floor coverings of Man Made Fibres. The Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance vide Notification No. 03/2017-CUSTOMS(N.T.) dated 12th January, 2017 make the following amendments effective from 15th January, 2017
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Availing Benefit under Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojna (PMRPY) Scheme of Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Govt. of India
     
We are pleased to inform you that Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojna (PMRPY) portal has been activated for registration of employers and members for the implementation of the above mentioned scheme. PMRPY portal has been designed to incentivise employment generation.
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Forthcoming Council’s Elections 2015-16
     
We find from our records that some of the Member-Exporters have not paid their Annual Membership Subscription alongwith C.A. Certificate to ascertain their exact amount of Membership dues based on the export performance of the concerned Members. As you are aware, the Annual Membership Subscription has been revised with effect from 01.04.2016 which has been intimated to all Members of the Council from time to time. We are giving below for ready reference the revised Annual Membership Subscription
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On 21st December, 2016, 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Carpet Export Promotion Council
     
On 21st December, 2016, 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Carpet Export Promotion Council for the year 2015-16 was held in which Shri Kuldeep R. Wattal, Chairman, CEPC expressed his willingness to handover the charge of the Office of the Chairman, CEPC to 1st Vice-Chairman, CEPC and accordingly in the meeting of the Committee of Administration held immediately after postponement of AGM for want of a decision on retirement and Elections of Vice-Chairmen and 1/3rd Members of the Committee of Administration from various categories, Shri Kuldeep R. Wattal handed over the charge of the Office of the Chairman, CEPC to the undersigned, therefore, I Mahavir Pratap Sharma assumed the charge of the Office of the Chairmanship of CEPC with effect from 21st December, 2016 (afternoon).
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Participation in Spring Fair International 2017 at NEC, Birmingham (UK) 05-09 February 2017.
     
Please refer to this Council earlier circulars dated: 24-8-2016, 19-9-2016 & 22-11-2016 inviting applications for participation in Spring Fair International 2017 at NEC Birmingham (UK) from 5-9 February 2017. At present few stands are available for the above fair. Interested member-exporters are requested to please avail this opportunity and send enclosed application form duly filled in and signed alongwith facilitation charges of Rs.1,10,000/- for 12 sq.m. built up stand by RTGs to this Council as per details given below latest by 26th December 2016.
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Training module in Hindi USSD on Mobile Banking
     
We are forwarding you in Hindi a better training module for digital payment through *99# USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) with a request to please inform you members to tell their associated artisans and other related persons for use the same on their mobiles. This application can work without internet on the normal mobile phones.
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Domotex Asia Chinafloor, Shanghai 21-23 March 2017.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites applications from the registered member-exporters of this Council for their participation in the Domotex Asia Chinafloor at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai (China) from 21-23 March 2017. The Domotex Asia Chinafloor is the leading flooring trade exhibition in Asian Pacific and the second largest flooring trade exhibition worldwide. As part of the DOMOTEX show group, Domotex Asia/Chinafloor is mainly targeting the ‘burning’ Asian markets. Carpet Sector has historically been a large segment of DOMOTEX asia Chinafloor and at the upcoming 19th edition, running from March 21-23, 2017. The fair is held over 60,000 sq.m. in the total six halls. The carpet sector follows the general trend of the show this year with an increasing demand for participation from brands outside of China. For the first time, a national pavilion hosting carpet manufacturers from the United Kingdom is planned by the Overseas Fair Division of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce o­n behalf of UK Trade & Investment Department. The United Kingdom pavilion will join other national pavilions from Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and the USA. During the Domotex Asiafloor at Shanghai the Exhibitor can meet with their existing and new potential customers in a short period of time. Visitors will have the opportunity to outsource the most up to date masterpieces and designs from the hand-made carpet world in the hall dedicated to hand-made carpet manufacturers.
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UAE: A Business Manual
     
You may be aware that India & UAE has emerged as one of the leading trade partners with bilateral trade exceeding US$50 billion. The economic forecasts and trends indicate significant potential exists in UAE despite some slump in oil prices. The handmade carpets and Floor coverings products have always found a special place in UAE markets.
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Digital Payment Methods through Mobile Banking Service for employees and others.
     
You are well aware that Government of India is stepping ahead for digitalization of payments through Mobile Banking Service. In this regards, the Members were requested vide this office email dated- 25th November, 2016 to take necessary steps for opening of accounts of their employees and others related to them. The Government of India now developed an mobile application viz; *99# USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) Mobile Banking Service which can be used on a simple phone without any internet connectivity. In this regards, Ministry of Textiles set a target of 3,00,000 downloads/usage for Carpet Export Promotion Council for mobile banking service.
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33rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
     
The 33rd Annual General Meeting of the Carpet Export Promotion Council shall be held on 21st December, 2016 (Wednesday) at 10.30 A.M. in Hotel Radisson, L-2, Sector-18, NOIDA, Distt: Gautam Budh Nagar (U.P.) to transact the following business:

1. To receive and adopt the Annual Report of the Council for the year ended 31st March, 2016 as required under Article-41 of the Memorandum & Articles of Association of the Carpet Export Promotion Council.

2. To receive and adopt the Audited Balance Sheet and Income & Expenditure Accounts of the Council for the year ended 31st March, 2016 along with the Report of the Auditors thereon, as required under Article-41 of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Carpet Export Promotion Council.
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32nd India Carpet Expo from 3rd to 6th October, 2016 in Varanasi.
     
You are aware that the next India Carpet Expo (ICE) shall be organized by this Council from 3-6, October, 2016 at Sampurnanand Sanskrit University Ground, Varanasi, U.P. with an aim to promote the exports of “Indian Handmade Carpets & other Floor Coverings”. This Council has already invited applications for booking of space as per our letter dt. 6th July, 2016. A copy of the same with all the details is again sent herewith for ready reference.
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Guidelines for implementing SOLAS Convention into force with effect from 1st July 2016 concerning verified gross mass of the container.
     
Office of Directorate General of Shipping has issued MS Notice No.4/2016 dated: 11th May 2016 regarding guidelines for implementing SOLAS convention verified gross mass of the container which would be effective from 1st July 2016. We are sending herewith a copy of the M.S. Notice No.07 of 2016 for your information.
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Domotex Intl. Trade Fair in Hannover (Germany) 14-17 January, 2017.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites application for participation in Domotex Intl. Trade Fair being held at Hannover (Germany) from 14-17 January 2017. Domotex Intl. Trade Fair is the world’s most important and largest specialized Trade Fair for Carpets & Floor Coverings. This activity has been approved under MAI Scheme of the Govt. and offer an opportunity to the small scale cottage based exporters to showcase their products to the potential customers from all over the world.
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Japantex in Tokyo (Japan) 26-28 October, 2016
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites application from the registered member-exporters of this Council for participation in Japantex at Tokyo (Japan) from 26-28 October 2016. Japantex is the largest annual trade fair of Interior Decoration, Home Textiles including Carpets & Floor coverings organized by Nippon Interior Fabrics Association in Tokyo Big Sight , East Hall, 4+5, Tokyo (Japan). The Organizers have informed that they are organizing Japantex jointly with another Exhibition i.e. Japan Home & Building Show in Tokyo Big Sight East Hall 1, Tokyo (Japan).
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32nd India Carpet Expo from 3rd to 6th October, 2016 in Varanasi.
     
We would like to inform that the next India Carpet Expo will be organized by this Council under the aegis of Govt. of India from 3rd to 6th October, 2016 in the Ground of Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi. Over the years the India Carpet Expo has established itself as a sourcing platform for the buyers from all over the world. The Council is making all possible efforts to invite Buyers of Handmade Carpets & Rugs from all over the world for attending the Expo to generate business.
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“Participation in “Textiles India 2016” schedule from 6-8 October 2016
     

This is to inform that Ministry of Textiles has decided to organize “Textiles India 2016” from 6-8 October 2016 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway, Greater Noida, U.P.


CEPC has been asked to mobilize the participation of its member exporters and also to intimate the exact requirement of space for the participation of CEPC for its Member exporters.


“Textiles India” is a specialized business-to-business Fair for the “Indian Textile Sector” and shall showcase the latest trends in the value chain of the Textile Industry from entire India and foreign countries like China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South East Asian Countries. The show is being promoted by the Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India as one of the leading exhibitions for the Indian Textile and Carpet Industry in India with the changing global styles and demands of international buyers.

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Annual Membership Subscription for the year 2016-17
     
This is to inform that Annual membership subscription of this Council is revised w.e.f 1-4-2016 as under
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The 2016 China (Qinghai) International Carpet Exhibition in Xining (China) from 2nd to 6th June, 2016
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites application from it’s registered member-exporters for participation in the 2016 China (Qinghai) International Carpet Exhibition to be held at Xining (China) from 2nd to 6th June, 2016. This is the largest retail Carpet & Floor coverings fair in Xining, China organized by the China Tibetan Carpet Association (CTCA). This Show provides an ideal platform to the Indian Carpets Exporters to showcase their wide range of products before the potential buyers. The Qinghai Intl. Carpet Exhibition first launched in 2004 with an increasing scale and improving standard and has attracted exhibitors from the five major handmade carpet producing countries, such as India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan and buyers from more than 30 countries and regions including European countries, United States, Japan, Russia, Canada, Indonesia and Brazil etc.. It is expected that participation of Indian carpet exporters may fetch encouraging results. We have submitted proposal to the Govt. for this event and application has been invited in anticipation of the Govt. Grant.
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37th India Garment Fair & 27th India Home Furnishing Fair 2016 - July 20-22, 2016, Osaka (Japan).
     
India Trade Promotion Organization is organizing 37th edition of India Garment Fair and 27th edition of India Home Furnishing Fair at Osaka (Japan) from 20-22 July, 2016. The ITPO have informed that the twin event will be organized in a gross area of 3800 sq.m. at a prominent exhibition venue – Mydome, Osaka with the support of Embassy of India, Tokyo and Consulate General of India, Osaka alongwith M/o Foreign Affairs, Osaka Prefectural Government and other local Chambers of Commerce, Promotional Bodies and Associations and JETRO.
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NOTICE FOR CONVENING EXTRA ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
     
Notice is hereby given that Extra Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the members of Carpet Export Promotion Council will be held on Friday, the 26th February, 2016 at 2.30 p.m. in FIEO Auditorium, Niryat Bhawan, Rao Tula Ram Marg, Opp. Army R & R Hospital, New Delhi – 110057 to consider and if thought fit to pass with or without modification the following resolutions:
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30th Surajkund Mela, 2016 - Exporters/ Buyers Meet on 11th Feb., 2016
     
In continuation to this Council below Circular we would like to inform you that, at present, few stands are available for allotment in the above fair. Interested member may send the below application form duly filled in and signed, if not sent, alongwith facilitation charges of Rs.75,000/- by D/D in favour of this Council at the earliest.
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Domotex Asia Chinafloor in Shanghai (China) 22-24 March 2016
     
In continuation to this Council below Circular we would like to inform you that, at present, few stands are available for allotment in the above fair. Interested member may send the below application form duly filled in and signed, if not sent, alongwith facilitation charges of Rs.75,000/- by D/D in favour of this Council at the earliest.
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Expression of Interest – Domotex International Trade Fair, 16-19 January, 2016 at Hannover (Germany)
     
Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) invites Expression of Interest (EOI) for engagement of a reputed agency having experience to execute the job for designing, construction and other allied work relating to fairs/exhibitions on Turnkey Basis for Domotex Intl. Trade Fair to be held in Messe Fair Ground, Hannover (Germany) from 16th to 19th January 2016.
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Exhibition cum Sale of Handmade Carpets, rugs & other Floor Coverings at Shilpi Haat, New Delhi from November 01 to 15, 2015
     
We have the pleasure in informing that Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing 3rd Exhibition-Cum-Sale at Rajeev Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan, (2nd Floor - Shilpi Haat), Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Opp. Hanuman Mandir, in Connaught Place, New Delhi from 01-15 November, 2015, under the aegis of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), and would like to allot build up stalls to the small entrepreneurs, as it on where is on basis, for the above duration (1 to 15 November 2015) on very nominal charges i.e. @ Rs. 1000/- per sqmt. Shilpi Haat comprises of around readymade 50 small stalls in different sizes (with the facility of table, chairs, wall racks etc), spread-over in two air-conditioned adjoining halls at 2nd floor, Rajeev Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan (above Bikaner House) and well connected with trading facilities.
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Relaxation inDeclaration of intent under MEIS Scheme – Yes/ No.
     
With the introduction of MEIS Scheme in Foreign Trade Policy (2015-2020) read with reference to para 3.14 of Handbook of Procedures of FTP 2015-20, Members were facing problem that many Custom House Agents of exporters have inadvertently ticked “N” in the reward item box while filing the shipping bills with Customs.
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Public Notice No. 16/2015 dated 10/09/2015 Registration of e-mail IDs with PNB for availing Monthly e-statement etc. – reg.
     
The Office of the Commissioner of Customs, Air Cargo Export, New Custom House, New Delhi has issued PN No. 16/2015 dated 10th September 2015, wherein it has been expressed, to avail net-banking facility and down loading of Bank Accounts statement, Exporters must get their e-mail ID registered with the Punjab National Bank, New Customs House, IGI Airport, New Delhi. A copy of the said Circular is reproduced below for the information of the Member exporters.
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India Trend Fair in Tokyo (Japan) from 27-29 Oct. 2015
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites applications from the registered member-exporters for participation in India Trend Fair in Tokyo (Japan) from 27-29 October 2015. India Trend Fair is being organized first time by Japan India Industry Promotion Association (JIIPA) at Bellesalle Shibuya Garden Hall 1F/B1F with the support of the Japan Apparel Importers Association, Nippon Interior Fabrics Association, Japan Chain Store Association, Japan Retailers Association and other Organizations. The Organizers have informed that 5,000 visitors will be visiting the fair. They are also organizing B to B Meetings with the Japanese buyers during the fair to bring together Indian and Japanese participants.
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32nd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
     
The 32nd Annual General Meeting of the Carpet Export Promotion Council shall be held on 30th September, 2015 (Wednesday) at 9.30 A.M. in Hotel Radisson, L-2, Sector-18, NOIDA, Distt: Gautam Budh Nagar (U.P.)
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30th India Carpet Expo and 11th in Varanasi (U.P.) from 11th to 14th October, 2015.
     
We would like to draw attention of our Members to this Council’s below circular dated 27th May, 2015 inviting participation of Members in 30th India Carpet Expo and 11th in Varanasi (U.P.) from 11th to 14th October, 2015. Since the last date for booking is 31st July, 2015, we would request our Members to send their space booking with requisite amount, if they have not booked the space so far.
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Home Furnishing Expo, Shenzhen (China) 7-9 August 2015 at China Shenzhen Exhibition & Convention Center– Last Opportunity.
     
Further to this Council below circular dated: 10-06-2015 we would like to inform you that the Council has negotiated with the Organizers who have agreed to provide the following complementary package to the Indian companies participating through CEPC.
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Participation in Autumn Fair International 2015 at NEC, Birmingham (UK) 6-9 September, 2015, under DC(H) Scheme.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites applications from the registered member-exporters of this Council for participation in Autumn Fair International at NEC, Birmingham (UK) from 6-9 September, 2015. Autumn Fair International is organized by i2i Events Group, London (U.K.). This is the largest trade Exhibition in UK and one of the largest in Europe. The fair is covering 13 key product areas in the home and gift industry including Home Furnishing & Carpets.
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Booths available for participation in Decorex 2015 from 06-10 August 2015 at Gallaghar Convention Centre, Johannesburg (South Africa).
     
In continuation to this Council below Circular we would like to inform you that at present few built up booths of 12 sq.m. each are available in the above fair. Interested Member-exporters may send attached application duly filled in and signed alongwith facilitation charges of Rs.1,40,000/- by D/D at the earliest. MDA Grant within the maximum ceiling of Rs.1,70,000/- will be admissible to the participants.
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Training for Carpet Weaving - Skill Development on Hand–knotted & Hand Tufted Carpets in Mirzapur-Bhadohi-Varanasi, under CHCDS Mega Carpet Cluster scheme of the Govt of India
     
As you are aware that Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) has taken initiative for imparting trainings in both the segments of hand-knotted and hand-tufted carpet weaving to the artisans with the aim of creating skilled manpower in carpet sector. The training programme will address the current lack of skilled weavers in the cluster as well as upgrade skills sets to enhance productivity and quality standards, thereby leading to increased production and export potential.
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Participation in Decorex Joburg from 06-10 August 2015 at Gallaghar Convention Centre, Johannesburg.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites application from the registered member-exporters of this Council for participation in Decorex Joburg from 6-10 August 2015 at Gallaghar Convention Centre, Johannesburg (South Africa). Decorex Joburg, Africas first décor design and lifestyle exhibition and remains the premier exhibition, which celebrates 20 years of stylish living organized by Thebe Reed Exhibitions, Johannesburg (South Africa). It is expected that this exhibition will attract large number of local and international visitors. South Africa is a Focus Market and having great potential for Carpets & Floor coverings. This exhibition will provide an opportunity to the Indian Carpet Exporters to showcase their products to the potential overseas buyer and it is expected that participation in this fair will generate good business and enquiry for the exhibitor.
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Observing World Day Against Child Labour on 12th June 2015.
     
We would like to inform that the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Child Labour Day in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12th June, the World Day brings together Governments, employers and workers’ organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight child labourers and what can be done to them.
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Participation in Australian Intl. Furniture Fair in Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 16-19 July 2015.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites application from the registered member-exporters of this Council for participation in Australian Intl. Furniture Fair in Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 16-19 July, 2015. Australian Intl. Furniture Fair is the largest Furniture and Furnishings Trade Fair in Australia which is co-located with other two fairs i.e. Decoration + Design Show and Flooring +Finishes 2015 organized by the Informa Exhibitions Australia. This fair featuring hundreds of exhibitors and is an exclusive Fair for the Australian furniture and furnishings industry. It is expected that this fair will attract thousands of local and international visitors. Australia’s premier interiors event, Decoration + Design, is under the same roof and will feature an impressive line-up. This fair will thus provide an ideal platform to the Indian Carpet Exporters to showcase their products to the potential overseas buyer and it is expected that participation in this fair will generate good business for the exhibitor.
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One Booth available for participation in Australian Intl. Furniture Fair in Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 16-19 July 2015.
     
In continuation to this Council below Circular we would like to inform you that one built up booth of 12 sq.m. is available in the above fair. Interested Member-exporter may send attached application duly filled in and signed alongwith facilitation charges of Rs.1,75,000/- by D/D at the earliest.
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Participation in the HGH INDIA 2015 from 14-16 July, 2015 at Mumbai.
     
We would like to inform you that this Council is organizing participation of its member exporters in the 4th edition of HGH India 2015 from 14-16 July, 2015 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (East), Mumbai. This trade show is being organized by Texzone Information Services Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai for Home Textiles, Houseware, Home Décor and Gifts. The Council has fixed facilitation charges @ Rs. 3,000/- per sq. mtr. + Service Tax of 14% for a built up stand with minimum of 12 sq. mtr. Subject to Government approval for financial assistance.
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Training for Carpet Weaving - Skill Development on Hand–knotted & Hand Tufted Carpets in Mirzapur-Bhadohi-Varanasi, under CHCDS Mega Carpet Cluster scheme of the Govt of India
     
Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) has taken initiative for imparting trainings in both the segments of hand-knotted and hand-tufted carpet weaving to the artisans with the aim of creating skilled manpower in carpet sector. The training programme will address the current lack of skilled weavers in the cluster as well as upgrade skills sets to enhance productivity and quality standards, thereby leading to increased production and export potential.
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Seminar 13th and 14th June, 2015 on Development and Promotion of Handmade Carpets of Jammu & Kashmir and Buyer Seller Meet & Thematic Exhibition of Carpets, Handicrafts, Handloom on 13th & 14th June, 2015.
     
We would like to inform you that Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing Seminar on Development and Promotion of Handmade Carpets of Jammu & Kashmir on 13th and 14th June, 2015 at Sher-e-Kashmir Convention Centre, Srinagar in association with National Centre for Design & Product Development (NCDPD) in coordination with Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry(KCCI). This Seminar is sponsored by Development Commissioner (Handicrafts).
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Skill Development on Hand–knotted & Hand Tufted Carpet Weaving to 5000 new artisans in Mirzapur-Bhadohi-Varanasi Carpet Belts under CHCDS Mega Carpet Cluster scheme of the DC (H)
     
Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) has taken initiative for imparting trainings in both the segments of hand-knotted and hand-tufted carpet weaving to 5000 new artisans with the aim of creating skilled manpower in carpet sector. The training programme will address the current lack of skilled weavers in the cluster as well as upgrade skills sets to enhance productivity and quality standards, thereby leading to increased production and export potential.
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Participation in Australian Intl. Furniture Fair in Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 16-19 July 2015.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites application from the registered member-exporters of this Council for participation in Australian Intl. Furniture Fair in Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 16-19 July, 2015. Australian Intl. Furniture Fair is the largest Furniture and Furnishings Trade Fair in Australia which is co-located with other two fairs i.e. Decoration + Design Show and Flooring +Finishes 2015 organized by the Informa Exhibitions Australia. This fair featuring hundreds of exhibitors and is an exclusive Fair for the Australian furniture and furnishings industry. It is expected that this fair will attract thousands of local and international visitors. Australia’s premier interiors event, Decoration + Design, is under the same roof and will feature an impressive line-up. This fair will thus provide an ideal platform to the Indian Carpet Exporters to showcase their products to the potential overseas buyer and it is expected that participation in this fair will generate good business for the exhibitor.
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Domotex Intl. Trade Fair in Hannover (Germany) 16-19 January, 2016
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invites application for participation in Domotex Intl. Trade Fair being held at Hannover (Germany) from 16-19 January 2016. Domotex Intl. Trade Fair is the world’s most important and largest specialized Trade Fair for Carpets & Floor Coverings under MAI Scheme of the Govt. and offer an opportunity to showcase your products to the potential customers from all over the world.
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Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS)
     
Members may be aware that in terms of Para 3.14 of Handbook of Procedures 2015-2020, ‘Declaration of Intent’ on all categories of Shipping Bills is required for claiming rewards under Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS).

In other words specified declaration that “We intend to claim rewards under Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS)” is required on all categories of Shipping Bills – even for export shipments under any of the Schemes of Chapter 4 (including Drawback), Chapter 5 or Chapter 6 of FTP.
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Pending Drawback Claims of Member-Exporters
     
I have received various representations from Member-Exporters regarding the problems faced by them in respect to the delay in release of their Drawback Claims. It has also come to my notice that some ports are asking unnecessary documents for release of pending Duty Drawback.
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Code of Conduct of Council for Elimination of Illegal Child Labour
     
Please refer to this Council’s circular of even number dated 21st January, 2015 & 23rd March, 2015 advising our Members not to get their carpets/durries woven on the looms, who have been deregistered/ blacklisted for violation of the Code of Conduct of this Council. It may also be mentioned here that this Council is regularly advising its members to follow the Code of Conduct formulated by this Council for total elimination of illegal Child Labour from the Carpet Industry.

Please note that the list of de-registered looms is available on the Web-Site of the Council (www.indiancarpets.com).
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Trained carpet personnel’s through IICT Bhadohi
     
Members are informed that Indian Institute of Carpet Technology (IICT) Bhadohi runs various skill development/ up gradation training schemes and also graduation course in Carpet and Textile Technology. We received the following lists of trained man power from IICT
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Annual Membership subscription of this Council for the year 2015-16 - Applicablity of Service Tax
     
We have sent bills to all Members of this Council in the month of March, 2015 for annual Membership subscription of this Council for the year 2015-16 with Service Tax @ 14% (as per the announcement made by Finance Minister in his Budget Speech).
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SAITEX & Africa Big Seven (AB 7), June 21-23 ,2015 in Johannesburg (South Africa).
     
The India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) will organize India Pavilion in 22nd edition of SAITEX & 10th edition of Africa Big Seven (AB 7) to be held from June 21-23, 2015 at Gallaghar Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. SAITEX is a multi product show focuses on Consumer goods, Houseware, Kitchenware, Textile and Apparel, Jewellery, Footwear,Leather Products, Carpets, DIY products, Tools & Garden equipment, office equipment etc. The participation charges fixed by ITPO @ Rs.14,000/- (approx) per sq.m. for 9 sq.m. built up booth.
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Progress on the issue of Hike in Import Duty by Turkish Government vide Supplementary Decree for the Import Regime Decree – 2014/7252 (Official Gazette No. 29271 of 18.02.2015).
     
We would like to inform you that CEPC on receipt of the above notification on 20th February, 2015 has taken up this issue of increase in import duty in Turkey from 8% to 50% with the following:
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Middle East Covering in Dubai (UAE) 18-21 May, 2015
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing participation of its registered member-exporters in the Middle East Covering in Dubai World Trade Centre (UAE) from 18-21 May, 2015. The Middle East Covering at INDEX 2015 is the Middle East’s number one Exhibition for Carpets & Floor coverings organized by DMG Event, Dubai and is being promoted by Comnet Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. in India. Middle East Coverings will fill the gap of carpet & Floor coverings in MENA region especially for Indian manufacturer. The Middle East Covering brings together the power of two Iconic events viz. The Big 5 and INDEX. This fair will thus provide an opportunity to Indian carpet exporters for their direct contact with professional trade buyers from the globe at the fair. It is expected that participation of Indian carpet exporters in this fair may fetch encouraging results. This Council has tentatively booked 10-12 booths in this show.
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We are once again forwarding you details of 57 units/ looms where 148 illegal children were found weaving of carpets during survey undertaken by an independent agency engaged by this Council.
     
Please refer to this Council’s circular of even number dated 21st January, 2015 advising our Members not to get their carpets/durries woven on the looms, who have been deregistered/ blacklisted for violation of the Code of Conduct of this Council.


We are once again forwarding you details of 57 units/ looms where 148 illegal children were found weaving of carpets during survey undertaken by an independent agency engaged by this Council.
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The 2015 China (Qinghai) International Carpet Exhibition in Xining (China) from 25-29 June, 2015.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing participation of its registered member-exporters in the 2015 China (Qinghai) International Carpet Exhibition in Xining (China) from 25-29 June, 2015. This is the largest Carpet & Floor coverings fair in China organized by the China Tibetan Carpet Association (CTCA). This Show provides an ideal platform to the Indian Carpets Exporters to showcase their wide range of products before the potential buyers. The Qinghai Intl. Carpet Exhibition first launched in 2004 with an increasing scale and improving standard and has attracted exhibitors from the five major handmade carpet producing countries, such as India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan and buyers from more than 30 countries and regions including European countries, United States, Japan, Russia, Canada, Indonesia and Brazil etc.. It is expected that participation of Indian carpet exporters may fetch encouraging results. We have submitted proposal to the Govt. for this event and application has been invited in anticipation of the Govt. Grant.
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Participation in Coir Kerala 2015 from 1st to 5th Feb 2015 in Alappuzah (Kerala)
     
The Department of Coir Development, Govt. of Kerala with the support of Ministry of Industries and Commerce, Government of India are organizing 5th edition of an international event on Coir and natural fibre products in Alappuzah (Kerala) from 1st to 5th February 2015. The expo is Co-ordinated by National Coir Research & Management Institute (NCRMI), Thiruvananthapuram.
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All Members of the Carpet Export Promotion Council,
     
You are aware that recently there has been a lot of negative press coverage and other news with regard to use of Child Labour in the Indian Carpet Industry. Initially, the Kara report was published and then aired by CNN. Subsequently the Government authorities have identified children working illegally on carpet looms in big numbers which received wide media coverage. Most recently the US Government has issued its Executive Order 13126 which intends to include Indian Carpets on the list identifying products made by Child Labour which are banned for purchase by the US Federal Agencies. In view of this the CEPC has decided to reinforce and increase its efforts for monitoring of looms and implementation of Code of Conduct of which all Members are signatories.

As in the past an independent professional organization has been engaged by this Council for Registration of Carpet Looms in craft concentration areas and also for conducting random inspection of the looms to detect illegal child labour. It has been reported by them that in most of the cases, no proper work-order is being issued by the exporters/manufacturers/contractors to the loom owners.
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Stand available for Spring Fair International 2015 at NEC, Birmingham (UK) 1-5 February, 2015 .
     
Please refer to this Council Circular dated: 13-11-2014 inviting applications for participation in Spring Fair International 2015 at NEC Birmingham (UK) from 1-5 February 2015.

We would like to inform you that still spaces are available in this fair. We would, therefore, request interested member-exporters to send enclosed application form duly filled in and signed alongwith D/D of Rs.95,000/- towards facilitation charges for 12 sq.m. built up stand latest by 31st December 2014.
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Revised - All Industry Drawback Rates on Carpets and floor coverings for the year 2014-15 effective from 22nd November, 2014
     
We are pleased to inform you that with the sustained efforts of Carpet Export Promotion Council and detailed presentation made before the Drawback Committee by the Chairman, CEPC, this Council succeeded in getting the Drawback value cap increased substantially.
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Participation in Spring Fair International 2015 at NEC, Birmingham (UK) 1-5 February, 2015 .
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council has decided to organize participation in Spring Fair International at NEC, Birmingham (UK) from 1-5 February, 2015 . Spring Fair International is organized by i2i Events Group. This exhibition is held each February at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK. Spring Fair International began in 1948 but was first held at the NEC in 1976 and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II. Spring Fair International is the largest trade exhibition in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. Covering 12 key products areas in the home and gift industry, the show spans across all halls of the Birmingham NEC. Spring Fair attracts leading international buyer and UK wholesalers, retailers, independent retailers and Departmental stores. Being the most important buying event of the season, Spring Fair is renowned for offering a huge quantity of products that are on trend, in stock and ready for delivery. This fair will thus provides an ideal platform to the Indian Carpet Exporter to showcase their products before the potential buyer and it is expected that their participation in this fair will generate good business.
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Japantex in Tokyo (Japan) 12-14 November, 2014
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing participation of registered member-exporters in Japantex 2014 in Tokyo (Japan) from 12-14 November 2014. Japantex is the largest annual trade fair of Interior Decoration, Home Textiles including Carpets & Floor coverings organized by Nippon Interior Fabrics Association in Tokyo Big Sight , East Hall, Tokyo (Japan).
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List of Valid Contestants - Council’s Election.
     
With reference to the Election notification dated 18th July, 2014 and the list of Valid Nominations notified on 11th August, 2014 after Scrutiny of Nomination Papers, this is to inform that today after withdrawal of Nominations by the candidates, the list of Valid Contestants for the Posts of Chairman, First Vice-Chairman, Second Vice-Chairman and Members of the Committee of Administration from various categories of this Council is enclosed
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List of Valid Nominations - Council’s Election.
     
With reference to the Election notification dated 18th July, 2014, this is to inform that today the Election Committee alongwith Returning Officer scrutinized 71 Nomination Papers received in the Council for the Posts of Chairman, First Vice-Chairman, Second Vice-Chairman and Members of the Committee of Administration from various categories of this Council. After Scrutiny the Committee found 25 Nomination Papers valid, as per list enclosed.
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Participation in the HGH INDIA 2014 from 5-7August, 2014 at Mumbai.
     
We would like to inform that this Council is organizing participation of its Member Exporters in 3rd HGH INDIA 2014 from 5-7 August, 2014 in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (East), Mumbai. The HGH is organized by M/s Texzone Information Services Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai for Home Décor, Gifts, House-ware and Home Textiles. The Committee of Administration has fixed facilitation charges @ Rs. 3,000/- per sq. mtr. + Service Tax for a built up stand against charges of Rs. 9,500/- per sq. mtr. + Service Tax of the organizers.
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Domotex Asia Chinafloor in Shanghai (China) 24-26 March 2015
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing participation of its registered member-exporters in the Domotex Asia Chinafloor in Shanghai (China) from 24-26 March 2015. The Domotex Asia Chinafloor is a specialized fair for Carpets & Floor Coverings in Shanghai (China) where all carpet producing countries participate and showcase various quality of Carpets & Floor coverings. Wholesalers and retailers from all over the world visit the show for placing orders to the Manufacturers of carpet producing countries.
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Participation in SOURCE NY 2014 in New York (USA) from 16-19 August 2014.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council has proposed to organize participation in Source NY 2014 which will be held at Pier 94, New York, NY (USA) from 16-19 August 2014. The George Little Management is organizing this Fair second time in New York (USA). This event is a production sourcing venue for overseas artisan enterprises to showcase their products and production capabilities at export terms from the country of origin. This fair is co-located with Artisan Resource TM. As a result of the Artisan Resource co-location, Source NY is convenient to the principals, owners, purchasing executives and product developers who exhibit in Source NY now. This includes more than 2,600 exhibiting companies, including importers, wholesalers, distributors and designers.
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Invitation to June 12th World Day Against Child Labor Event
     
We are forwarding a copy of below mail received from the Bureau of International Labour Affairs, US Department of Labour informing that each year on 12th June they commemorate World Day Against Child Labor.
We would like to request you to kindly observe 12th June as World Day Against Child Labor towards the commitment to eradicate any form of Child Labour from the Indian Carpet Industry.
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Home Expo India 2014 – A Preimum Expo, comprising three segmented shows on Housewares, textiles and furniture from 15-18 April 2014 at India Expo Center & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway, NCR Delhi.
     
We would like to inform you that the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts is organizing it’s next edition of Home Expo India 15-18 April, 2014 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater NOIDA. The Home Expo India is an integrated Expo comprising of the following three product segments - Ø Indian Furnishing Flooring and Textile Show (IFFTEX) Ø Indian Furniture & Accessories Show (IFAS) Ø Indian Houseware & Decorative Show (IHDS) This Council’s proposal for seeking financial assistance from O/o. the Development is under consideration.
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INDIA CARPET EXPO, 12-15 March, 2014 in NSIC Exhibition Complex, New Delhi - Increase in Participation Fee for above 24 sq. mtr. stands.
     
In continuation to this Council’s circular No. CEPC/ICE-MARCH-2014 dated 23rd October, 2013 regarding organization of 27th India Carpet Expo, from 12th to 15th March, 2014 in NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi.

This is to inform the Members that due to lesser Government Grant for holding India Carpet Expo, 12-15 March, 2014 at New Delhi it has been decided by the Council to increase the participation fee for the stalls above 24 sq. mtr.
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Inviting Advertisement in the Fair Directory of India Carpet Expo, 12th to 15th March, 2014
     
You are aware that the next India Carpet Expo (ICE) is being held from 12th to 15th March, 2014 in NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi under the aegis of Govt. of India. This fair has assumed great importance as it is invariably attended by all those connected with the Handmade flooring industry be in India or abroad. The Council brings out a Fair Directory detailing therein the profile of Exhibitors and is circulating the same to the overseas buyers, media etc., for their use as a reference book for locating new suppliers in India. The Fair Directory will thus provide an excellent opportunity for wide publicity of your company.
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Participation in “Coir Kerala 2014” from 1st to 5th February 2014 in Alappuzah (Kerala).
     
The Department of Coir Development, Govt. of Kerala, India are organizing 4th edition of an international event on Coir and natural fibre products in Alappuzah (Kerala) from 1st to 5th February 2014. The expo is Co-ordinated by National Coir Research & Management Institute (NCRMI), Thiruvananthapuram.
This Council has fixed Rs. 10,000/- as participation charges, in anticipation of financial support from O/o. the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), for stand of 10 ft. X 10 ft. Shell Scheme against the participation fee of Rs. 35,000/- fixed by the organizers which includes
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Inviting Participation in Tex Trends India, 20-22 January, 2014 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
     
We would like to inform that the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, in association with the textile based Export Promotion Councils is organizing the next Tex Trends India from 20-22 January, 2014 in Hall No. 7E, 7D, 8 to 12A at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) is the implementing and nodal agency for organizing the Tex Trends India
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DÉCOR SHOW 2014 in Singapore from 13-16 March 2014.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing participation of its registered member-exporters in the Décor Show 2014 in Singapore from 13-16 March 2014. The Décor Show is coinciding with the International Furniture Fair which is the largest specialized Fair for Furniture & Furnishing event in Singapore organized by the International Furniture Fair Singapore Pte Ltd., at Singapore Expo Center, Singapore. The Fair includes Home textiles, Fabrics, Decorative Item, Handicraft, Handloom products including Carpets & Floor coverings. This Show provides an ideal platform to the Indian Carpet Exporters to showcase wide range of products before the potential buyers. It is expected that their participation in this fair may fetch encouraging results.
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Domotex Asia Chinafloor in Shanghai(China) 25-27 March 2014.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing participation of its registered member-exporters in the Domotex Asia Chinafloor from 25-27 March 2014 in Shanghai (China) . The Domotex Asia Chinafloor is a specialized fair for Carpets & Floor Coverings in Shanghai (China) where all carpet producing countries participate and showcase their quality products. Wholesalers and retailers from all over the world visit the show for placing orders to the Manufacturers of carpet producing countries.
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INDIA CARPET EXPO, 12-15 March, 2014 in NSIC Exhibition Complex, New Delhi.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing 27th India Carpet Expo, from 12th to 15th March, 2013 in NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi. The India Carpet Expo a one stop sourcing show for carpets and floor coverings is now Asia’s biggest carpet show with its ever growing patronage from buyers all over the world. The business opportunities for participating manufacturers and exporters are tremendous as Council invites Overseas Carpet Buyers from all over the world and providing attractive complimentary package to Selected Buyers. The Council is confident that the Expo will provide more and more business avenues for the participants.
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Domotex Intl. Trade Fair in Hannover (Germany) 11-14 January, 2014.
     
This has reference to your application for participation in Domotex Intl. Trade Fair in Hannover (Germany) from 11-14 January 2014 in response to this Council circular dated: 19-3-2013 giving therein participation charges @ Rs.7,500/- for bare space and for built up stand @ Rs.9,500/- per sq.m.
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Annual Membership Subscription for the year 2013-14.
     
The Annual Membership Subscription of CEPC has become due from 1st April, 2013. This Council sent a Bill by post on 25 March, 2013 in the individual name of the Member-Exporter for payment of Membership-Subscription for the year 2013-14.
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HIGHLIGHTS OF ANNUAL SUPPLEMENT 2013-14 TO FOREIGN TRADE POLICY 2009-14.
     
Today Shri Anand Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce, Industry & Textiles announced Annual Supplement 2013-14 to Foreign Trade Policy 2009-2014. Some of the points as given in highlights are as under
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Domotex Intl. Trade Fair in Hannover (Germany) 11-14 January, 2014.
     
The Carpet Export Promotion Council invite applications for participation in Domotex Intl. Trade Fair in Hannover (Germany) from 11-14 January 2014. Domotex Intl. Trade Fair world’s largest specialized Trade Fair for Carpets & Floor Coverings enjoys no. 1 position as the leading international showcase and meeting place for the global market.
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Annual Membership Subscription for the year 2013-14.
     
The Annual Membership Subscription of CEPC has become due from 1st April, 2013. This Council sent a Bill by post on 25 March, 2013 in the individual name of the Member-Exporter for payment of Membership-Subscription for the year 2013-14.
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