Facilitating Trade through Promoting Ease of Doing Business in India’s Food Sector – Streamlining Imports and Reducing Compliance Burden

FCDO (UK) was working closely with FSSAI on an UK-India capacity building initiative for improving ease of doing business. The FSSAI was trying to leverage information technology (IT) to enhance consistency, transparency and predictability of the business environment and reduce compliance burden. In that context, the purpose of this project was to support FSSAI in streamlining the process of food imports and in reducing compliance burden for the domestic companies to facilitate trade and ease of doing business. Out of the four studies, two studies covered issues faced by Indian micro, small and medium enterprises in food business, which results in delays and higher compliance costs. An IT led process and IT manual has been designed for FSSAI to improve ease of doing business in the food sector.

The Reports has been released by Mr. Pawan Kumar Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, FSSAI and Ms. Natalie Toms, Economic Counsellor, British High Commission, New Delhi, India, at the Conference Room, ICRIER, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi on May 29, 2019.


Streamlining Food Imports for Trade Facilitation and Ease of Doing Business in India

Author(s): Dr. Arpita Mukherjee, Mr. Raj Kumar Shahi, Ms. Divya Satija‚ Ms. Angana Parashar Sarma‚ Mr. Soham Sinha‚ Mr. Brahma Chauhan

Facilitating Ease of Doing Business and Supporting FSSAI in Streamlining Food Safety Compliance Ecosystem: India

Author(s): Dr. Arpita Mukherjee, Mr. Raj Kumar Shahi, Ms. Divya Satija‚ Mr. Brahma Chauhan

Facilitating Ease of Doing Business in India’s Food Sector: Streamlining Food Safety Compliance Ecosystem in India

Author(s): Dr. Ali Mehdi, Ms. Priyanka Tomar, Ms. Divya Chaudhry, Ms. Pallavi Joshi


Journal Articles:

Streamlining Agri-Food Imports through Technology Interventions: The Case of North-East India, co-authored with Angana Parashar Sarma in Journal of Land Ports and Border Economy, Issue 1 of the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI), Department of Border Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, published by Taylor & Francis Books India Pvt. Ltd., March 17, 2022.

Food Imports in India: Prospects, Issues and Way Forward, co-authored in ‘Journal of Economic Science Research (JESR)’, Vol. 2, Issue 3, July 2019, pgs 18-36.


Blog Articles:

Streamlining Food Trade through Use of Technology and Data Analytics, co-authored with Divya Satija in the blog India Business & Trade of the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India on September 2019 accessible at https://www.tpci.in/periodicals/india-business-trade-september/ (last accessed on Jul. 13, 2023)