Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) Overview
The Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) was launched by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2017 to assist Central and State Government agencies in creating appropriate infrastructure for the growth of exports. The Assistance to States for Development of Export Infrastructure and Allied Activities (ASIDE) Scheme was delinked in 2015, leading to State Governments consistently requesting support from the Centre in export infrastructure creation. The scheme can be availed by States through their implementing agencies and covers infrastructure projects with significant export linkages such as Border Haats, Land customs stations, quality testing and certification labs, cold chains, trade promotion centres, export warehousing and packaging, SEZs, and ports/airports cargo terminuses.
Financial Assistance and Exclusions under TIES
The Central Government will provide financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid for infrastructure creation. This assistance will be normally not more than the equity being put in by the implementing agency or 50% of the total equity in the project. However, in the case of projects located in North Eastern States, Himalayan States including UT of J&K, Ladakh, this grant can be up to 80% of the total equity. It is important to note that projects which are covered under sector-specific schemes like textiles, electronics, IT, and general infrastructure projects like highways, power etc., will not be considered under this scheme. Furthermore, projects where an overwhelming export linkage cannot be established will also not be considered.
In summary, TIES was launched in 2017 to support the creation of export infrastructure by Central and State Government agencies. The scheme covers infrastructure projects with significant export linkages and can be availed by States through their implementing agencies. Financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid is provided by the Central Government, normally not exceeding 50% of the total equity in the project. Projects covered under sector-specific schemes or general infrastructure projects, as well as those without an overwhelming export linkage, are not considered under this scheme.
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