India defence ministry nod for two new export licences

File Photo: India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: India’s Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh has approved issuance of two Open General Export Licences (OGELs) for export of certain parts and components and intra-company transfer of technology to select countries.

The decision is expected to give a boost to defence exports and enhance ease of doing business. The application for grant of OGEL will be considered by Department of Defence Production (DDP) on a case-to-case basis, two notifications of the Ministry of Defence said.

Following a demand by the exporters, the DDP held extensive consultations with various stakeholders and formulated this OGEL policy and submitted for the defence minister’s approval.

The countries allowed under the OGELs are: Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA, Canada, Italy, Poland and Mexico. Export of items to a ‘Special Economic Zone’ is not permitted.

For acquiring the licences, the applicant is mandatory to have Import-Export certificate. The quarterly and end-of-the-year reports on all the transactions done under OGELs should be submitted to DDP for examination and post-export verification.

The items permitted under OGEL includes components of ammunition and fuse setting device without energetic and explosive material; firing control and related alerting and warning equipment and related system; and body protective items. Complete aircraft or complete unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and any components specially designed or modified for UAVs are excluded under this licence.

The transfer of technology to the countries is subject to the condition that the export is an intra-company transfer from an Indian subsidiary (applicant exporter) to its foreign parent company and/or to subsidiaries of the foreign parent company.

The OGEL is a one-time export licence to be granted to a company for a specific period (two years initially). The details of the licences may be accessed on the following hyperlinks:

India has made significant strides in improving its defence exports. These have grown seven-fold over the last two years and reached to Rs 10,500 crore ($1.5 billion) in 2018-19. This has been made possible due to the reforms brought in the standard operating procedure and ushering in a portal for online clearance of applications. The processing time has been brought down significantly.

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