Visakhapatnam — Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman today laid the foundation stone for a sub-office and laboratory complex of the Export Inspection Council (EIC) in Visakahapatnam. Commending the role of the Commerce Ministry in facilitating the export trade from India, the minister said, “We are going to conduct the India International Seafood Show in Visakhapatnam.”
Sitharaman informed that this office complex would be supported with state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure with latest facilities and sophisticated instruments to meet the analytical requirements of seafood industries in Visakhapatnam. It is expected to save time and cost of transportation. She also assured that the council should get the building ready at the earliest by 2017.
The ceremony was attended by Andhra Pradesh’s Minister for Human Resource Development Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Member of Parliament from Visakhapatnam Dr K Haribabu and officers from local authorities, office bearer of seafood exporters association and several exporters.
The EIC of India, under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, along with its filed agencies Exports Inspection Agencies (EIAs) located across the country with a network of 30 sub-offices (SO) are responsible for the quality control and inspection of notified commodities from India. On this 50th year of its inception today EIA Chennai SO Visakhapatnam celebrated its foundation stone laying ceremony.
The EIC was set up by the Government of India under Section 3 of the Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963, in order to ensure sound development of export trade of India through quality control and inspection and related matters. The EIA – Chennai, one of the 5 regional offices of EIC, was established in 1965 under section 7 of the Act to cater for the needs of the exporter fraternity for the state of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Visakhapatnam, one of the 7 sub-offices under EIA Chennai, established in 1973, is rendering service to the export trade for the past 42 years.
The current office is supported by a small microbiological testing facility. In order to strengthen the infrastructure in this region, this initiative was taken and to achieve the ultimate goal of serving the export trade community effectively, and developing trust among its trading partners to achieve global recognition.