With rising e-commerce exports, the government is now planning India Post to become a major intermediary in the space for outbound shipments. For this, the customs department will be simplifying procedures. The e-commerce exports facility through Foreign Post Offices (FPOs) is available since 2016 under Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) incentives from post offices at three locations – Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.
“Now, customs may be leading the reform race by permitting e-commerce exports through all FPOs, though without MEIS benefits for now,” a recent Finance Ministry statement said. As per market buzz, the government is keen to involve professional logistics and end user companies in the process and had recently invited DHL and Amazon officials to make a presentation.