The Indian Commerce Ministry recently introduced an online system for exporters to obtain an export license for restricted category goods. This may promote paperless work and ease of conducting business. Both application filing and the consultation process with administrative departments will be held online, a Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) notice said.

The notice came into effect from March 19. The applications for export of such goods are now filed in hard copy and the consultation with the concerned agencies is also done through one-to-one meetings. Applications will be accepted off line till March 31. But from April 1, the new process is mandatory. The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) has welcomed the move. The directorate recently came up with a new online facility for obtaining import license for restricted category goods.