The UP government wants to boost exports of handlooms, carpets and brassware

Uttar Pradesh, which aims to double goods exports to Rs.3 trillion in the near future, aims to boost exports of handlooms, carpets and brassware from the landlocked country.

Varanasi, Bhadohi, Mirzapur and Moradabad are evidently known for the production and export of handlooms, carpets and brassware respectively. About a dozen UP cities are on the list of 43 export centers of excellence in India identified by the Narendra Modi government. These include Moradabad, Varanasi, Bhadohi, Malihabad, Kanpur, Agra, Firozabad, Saharanpur, Mirazpur, Noida, among others.

UP Industrial Development Minister Nand Gopal Gupta ‘Nandi’ said UP has great potential to become a major export center in India. “We are committed to developing UP as an export hub and the state government stands firmly with exporters and entrepreneurs in this regard.”

Meanwhile, a senior UP government official said that the notified export-oriented areas will have priority access to the export promotion corpus under the flagship Capital Goods Export Promotion (EPCG) program. “We have increased goods exports from 89,000 rupees to 1.57 trillion rupees over a period of 5-6 years. Now we aim to reach the export volume of 3 trillion rupees,” he added.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath places focus on exporting traditional products under the One District One Product (ODOP) program by improving the ease of doing business matrix.

With the construction of dry ports and the opening of a water route between Varanasi and Haldia, the government has created new prospects for investment, the official noted.

Also, the state is working on accelerating the implementation of nearly Rs.35 trillion rupees in investment projects, which were netted at the recent UP Global Investors Summit (GIS) 2023.

As UP aims to become a $1 trillion economy, it seeks to build on its strength in freeways and a number of international airport projects. Additionally, the Yogi government introduced the concept of dry ports through the UP Storage and Logistics Policy 2022 to facilitate the transportation of export cargo to seaports.

A dry port is an inland port where customs formalities are completed between the exporter and the importer before containers are shipped to the ports. Operating dry ports in UP include Moradabad Rail Linked Joint Domestic and Exim Terminal; Rail Linked Private Freight Terminal and Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Kanpur; and ICD at Dadri Terminal.

A Multi Modal Logistics Hub (MMLH) in Dadri and a Multi Modal Transport Hub (MMTH) in Boraki (Greater Noida) are being developed. India’s first ‘Freight Village’ is being developed on 100 acres in Varanasi, which will serve as a hub for inbound and outbound cargo, linking UP’s export centers to the ports of East India.

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