An official release said the agreement would provide reduced level of inspection of 84 Indian commodities entering the island nation. The commodities comprise milk products, vegetable oils, confectioneries, fruits and vegetable products, household electrical appliances, cement etc.
Director of EIC Sashi Sareen, who was also present on the occasion, highlighted the benefits accruing to exporters from the agreement which include reduced level of inspection and testing by Lankan authorities and consequent reduction in cost, minimal risk of rejection and elimination of cost of reprocessing/recall/destruction, timely shipment, avoidance of delays etc.
Mr Saptharishi exhorted Indian exporters to take advantage of the agreement and extensively use the certification facility to satisfy Lankan customers. Earlier, EIC, the official export inspection and certification agency, had signed similar agreements with Australia, European Commission and the US food and drug administration.