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India considering the export of drones and their parts: RTI

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The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), the body under the Union government that oversees exports, is considering a policy for exports of drones and their parts.

In response to an RTI by Moneycontrol, DGFT said: “The policy matter of drone or its parts is under consideration…” The DGFT was responding to a request to provide government orders, notices, and circulars issued by the government about drone exports.

On June 15, the DGFT, along with officials from the ministry of civil aviation and stakeholders from the drone industry, held a meeting to give momentum to this matter and understand the pains of the industry when it came to drone exports.

“Today was the first meeting where industry presented its challenges regarding exporting drones for temporary usage such as exhibition, demos, etc as well as for trade,” Drone Federation of India (DFI) president Smit Shah, who was present at the meeting said. 

Export licenses for drones have multiple categories and restrictions. The drone industry representatives explained to DGFT that it was tough to figure out under which category one should apply for licenses when one will receive the required permissions and other operational concerns, Shah said in the meeting. 

The long authorization process for drone exports is also impacting the operations of drone manufacturers including affecting future orders.

“DGFT has assured full support and has assured us to look into the matter and address industry concerns,” Shah added. 

Earlier, this issue was also highlighted at a meeting between the minister of civil aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia, and industry stakeholders.

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