What we know most is that revival of export growth is contingent on demand (not just in the developed world) reviving and the exchange ratetheres little the commerce ministry can do. Recognitions like Surat as a town of export excellence for diamonds, Bhilwara for textiles and tinkering with thresholds for premier trading house status only ease procedures for identified dispensations. Procedures for exports and the process of claiming incentives should be improved across the board, not selectively. Ditto for import liberalisation. Decisions on not insisting on export realisation within six months and extending export obligation timeframes for EPCG could have been announced in the manner that earlier changes in duty drawback/DEPB rates were. On the rates, at a time when other countries (read: the US) are treading dangerously close to flouting WTO norms, one can perhaps ignore the point about these rates often being untenable in disputes. Remember also that the domestic indirect tax regime is still not unified. The single goods & services tax (GST), which now probably stands postponed beyond 2010, is required to make export incentives defensible and to establish the right countervailing duties on imports. Once growth recovers, the issue of mandatorily requiring export proceed repatriation should be revisited, even if incentives are today linked to this. Until then, policy tinkering wont help much.