India starts hunt for alternatives to China to source over 1k items
From textiles fabrics, refrigerators and suitcases to antibiotics such as amoxicillin, erythromycin & metronidazole, vitamins and insecticides, the go nment has begun a hunt for 1,050 items from across the world as supplies from China, which accounts for over 50% of India’s imports, are hit due to coronavirus.
Also on the list are automatic data processing machines, diodes and semiconductor devices, auto parts and several steel & aluminium items and mobile phones.
The commerce department, which has already held at least one round of detailed consultations, has shot off letters to Indian missions across the globe to identify potential suppliers. A detailed analysis of potential replacement markets has been undertaken and shared with other ministries and foreign missions, sources told TOI.
In case of antibiotics, for instance, Switzerland and Italy were identified as potential sources given that they are among the top exporting countries along with China.
While there has been a positive response from some of the countries, finding alternative sources for the supply of electronics and mobile phones and their inputs is proving to be a tough task given the complete dominance that China has in the sector.
Besides, other countries would also be chasing the same sources to bridge the gap due to a breakdown in the supply chain.
Commerce & industry minister Piyush Goyal is scheduled to hold detailed consultations in the coming week to move forward with the strategy and also seek measures to boost local production wherever possible.
A key theme of the minister’s discussions with go nment agencies and industry representatives will be to implement a plan to push the export of 500-550 items where India has the potential to fill the gap created by China.
A preliminary analysis following detailed discussions by the commerce department has shown that the situation is particularly grim in the case of pharma and chemicals, smartphones, electronics and white goods and plastics, where India depends on China for a bulk of its imports.
Besides, there are sectors such as textiles yarn, certain organic chemicals and gems and jewellery, which are seeing an adverse impact on exports given that China and Hong Kong are major buyers. But trade bodies have told the commerce department that coronavirus, which threatens to be a pandemic now, is resulting in an increased interest in the demand for leather products, ceramics and agri-products.
Sources said the pharma industry expects supply disruption of 16 molecules, which includes antibiotics such as chloramphenicol, erythromycin, azithromycin, clarithromycin, amoxicillin, vitamins A, B, C & E, and hormones such as progesterone. It may not just impact domestic production of medicines but also exports.
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Rajkumar • 8 hours ago
india should take it as a GOD given opportunity to MAKE IN INDIA programme.
To All • New Delhi • 8 hours ago
Chance for indian manufacturers, supply the demand in competative price. Chance for Govt to boost Made in India.
Donald Moss • 7 hours ago
GOOD CHANCE TO BECOME SELF RELIANT! MAKE IN INDIA , MAKE IN INDIA , MAKE IN INDIA!!
Shekar Natesh • Bangalore • 8 hours ago
This should have been done long back. But then we had the corrupt, anti national Congress party in power in India for over 65 years who did nothing but only to loot
NSNS • New York • 9 hours ago
This should be a wake up call to India to not only source various items from other countries, but also encourage domestic production. And we definitely need to stop relying on China not just now but for future too.
Ashok • 7 hours ago
Just came to know that half of the exports of India was from China. In other words we have sold the country to China.
Col Noam A IndoIsrael Studies 2 hours ago
Raw materials are from China, so whatever india builds come from China.
meetal kothari • 7 hours ago
We are suffering from corruptavirus which is more thrreatening than Coronavirus.
Murugadas Kannan • Chennai • 7 hours ago
Indian entrepreneurs are mostly brokers and wanted to make money by exchanging the items instead of making it here..
Venkatesh • Bangalore • 7 hours ago
very good time to promote made in india producta and companies. should give more push to made in india.
Anuj Ahluwalia • Columbus, Ohio • 7 hours ago
There is an opportunity . Increase domestic production and reduce imports for ever
K Mohan • Hyderabad • 7 hours ago
In fact, India must explore make in India the most of the products to which we were depended on China
Pakisareganduhomos • Kaloooo Gandu Pakistan • 7 hours ago
Get ready for Corona Virus.....get hospitals and all dictors briefed on war footing.
Gopal Krishnan • Canada • 8 hours ago
Make all in India
Tasty Nut • 8 hours ago
Don't hunt it is time to Make in India.
AsaMatterOfFact • 6 hours ago
Indians should stop buying from china, put all efforts to manufacture within india and become millionaires as chinese have become in the recent years.
murthy krishna • 6 hours ago
Instead of finding alternative sources for supplies India should encourage local entrepreneurs under Make in India programme...
pram • Location • 6 hours ago
We were producing all these things in the past but co unists/congressies destroyed the industries and now we have to build everything now.
Paresh Kamani • 7 hours ago
Its a wake up call now !!
Ramesh T M • Bangalore • 8 hours ago
Yes, this is the right time for pushing Make in India program with govt. aid there can be wonders. We have no death of entrepreneurs who. Need to cash in on this opportunity.
meetal kothari • 7 hours ago
But we are corrupt and don't like manufacturing
Charu • Navi Mumbai (New Mumbai) • 7 hours ago
Though initially painful but in the longer run, this might prove to be a blessing in disguise for India. It can boost indigenization and promote local industries, establish alternate sources and reduce dependence on Chinese companies.
K Mohan • Hyderabad • 7 hours ago
This is the best time to drift away from over dependence on China
Dev• 6 hours ago
They have $50 b trade surplus with india
Juneid Siwan • 6 hours ago
No one on eath can compete China. Indian workforce is good, but they are cocky,unruley, gherao, bund, too many leaves and so less productive. Merchants are more dishonest than China.
Guru Ghantal • 3 hours ago
From the news report it seems like India makes only babies. Everything else is imported. Shame on India.