Tawang clash: Traders’ body move to boycott Chinese products, asks Union Minister Piyush Goyal to take THIS step

New Delhi: The Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) in India has requested Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to mandate country of origin labeling on all imported goods and e-commerce products. The request comes after traders in Delhi protested against Chinese products amid border tensions between the two countries.

Stressing on the need for this labelling, CTI President Brijesh Goyal said that currently, there is often no information available about the origin of products, especially on e-commerce sites. The lack of labeling could lead to the unintended purchase of Chinese products, and the inclusion of the country of origin could allow exclusion of these products, he explained.

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Goyal also called for changes in e-commerce and import policy. He pointed out that China has benefited economically from the Indian market and is using it against India, stating that it is necessary to “break China’s economic back”.

Citing figures, he said bilateral trade between the two countries reached $103.63 billion in the first nine months of the year, with a domestic trade deficit of $75.69 billion and exports from China to India totaling $89.66 billion. In contrast, exports from India to China were only $13.97 billion, a decline of 36.4%. Goyal suggested that a boycott of Chinese goods by Indian businesses and consumers could encourage China to change its actions.

CTI’s request for country of origin labeling on imported goods and e-commerce products is intended to increase transparency and give consumers the information they need to make informed purchasing decisions. It is expected that this will also support domestic businesses and reduce the country’s dependence on foreign imports.

(With ANI inputs)