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EIC will outsource TBT information diffusion

The Export Inspection Council of India (EIC) plans to outsource the development and operation of a software platform capable of downloading, analyzing and disseminating information about technical barriers to trade (TBT) to the country's exporters. Firms dealing in trade policy issues can submit their bids.

The last date to submit bids is January 4, 2013. Bids in two parts, technical and financial, in separate covers super scribed as ‘Technical (or Financial) Bid for creationg of a system to respond to TBT Notifications’ are to be submitted by 1500 hours’ on the above mentioned date, according to an EIC notification.

The bidder must have atleast three years of experience in working with trade policy issues, particularly in the non-tariff barriers space. Once chosen, a firm will develop and operate the system on behalf EIC,the notification said.

TBT notifications are published by the World Trade Organization (WTO) secretariat. You can download the entire EIC tender document from this web page.

Product standards and technical regulations are at times different in different countries. The fact that there are numerous standards and regulations is one part of the problem.

‘If regulations are set arbitrarily, they could be used as an excuse for protectionism. The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade tries to ensure that regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles…’ according to information published on the World Trade Organisation’s website