With the aim to standardize India’s agro exports to Bhutan, the Export Inspection Council of India (EIC) is going to make it mandatory for traders and suppliers of all agro products to obtain EIC certification for the exports to the Himalayan country, according to an official source.
According to EIC director S.K. Saxena,"We have signed an agreement with Bhutan last year and all agro products going to Bhutan will be certified by EIC." The obligatory certification will be in place within the next three months.
Saxena said, “Bhutan asked India to monitor the agro exporters. Hence, the EIC has come up with the mandatory certification process. Earlier, what used to happen was that after the product went to Bhutan, they used to take a sample (of the product) and send to international market for testing," Saxena added.
During Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bhutan in June, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh has said Bhutan would be one of the most important strategic partners, signalling an increased set of trade activities with the Himalayan country.
India signed the Treaty of Friendship with Bhutan in1949 and called for peace between the two nations, and also established free trade and extradition protocols.