No. CEPC/SEC/P&P/2015/ Dated: 10th April, 2015
All Members of CEPC.
Sub.: 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 –
1. The undersigned alongwith the delegation of Committee Members met Mr. Damu Ravi, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce on 25th February, 2015, who also took up the matter with Indian Ambassador in Turkey.
2. The undersigned alongwith the delegation of Committee Members met Dr. S.K. Panda, IAS, Secretary (Textiles), Ministry of Textiles on 25th February, 2015 apprising him about this issue.
3. The undersigned alongwith the delegation of Vice-Chairmen & Committee Members met Mr. Vural Cekinmez, Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Turkey in New Delhi on 26th February, 2015 and expressed our deep concern and anguish over the hike in import duty on Indian Handmade Carpets.
4. The undersigned alongwith the delegation of Committee Members met Mr. Ajit Seth, IAS, Cabinet Secretary on 27th March, 2015 in this regard.
5. The undersigned alongwith the delegation of Committee Members met Mr. Rajeev Kher, IAS, Secretary (Commerce), Ministry of Commerce on 29th March, 2015 also apprising him of this grave problem.
6. A meeting with Turkish Importers who visited India Carpet Expo, was held on 29th March, 2015 who suggested us to take up the matter at the ministerial level for a solution to this problem.
7. Mr. Rahul Kulshreshtha, Indian Ambassador in Turkey also took up the matter with Mr. Adnan Yildirim, Deputy Minister of Economy, Government of Turkey.
8. The undersigned alongwith Mr. Shiv Kumar Gupta, Executive Director, CEPC visited Mumbai on 8th April, 2015 and had a fruitful meeting with Mr. Adnan Yildirim, Deputy Minister of Economy, Government of Turkey on the issue. The undersigned explained the problem of Member-Exporters in detail as well as informed that Indian Handmade Carpets and other floor coverings, do not, in any case disturb the Machine Made Carpet Manufacturers of Turkey, as Indian Carpets are Handmade and are meant for different clientele which do not affect the sale of machine made carpets in any case. It was also informed that India and Turkey enjoy a very cordial business and other relations, and have always welcomed the import of Turkish products to India without any restrictions and have not hiked any duty for imports of Turkish products. The undersigned requested the Hon’ble Minister of Turkey to withdraw the notification or atleast keep the same in abeyance till December, 2015/ till the same is reviewed for withdrawal by Turkish Government.
The Hon’ble Minister listened patiently and assured that the matter will be considered by the Turkish Government keeping in view the livelihood of the thousands of weavers from weaker section of the society involved in Indian Handmade Carpet Industry.
We hope that the Turkish Government shall consider our request sympathetically and will yield positive results.
Kuldeep Raj Wattal