"MSME exporters may be provided additional exports benefits. It would help in promoting exports", Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) said in a statement.

In view of current downfall in exports, encouragement to MSME sector by way of fiscal incentives on their year-on-year export growth would motivate them for aggressive export marketing, which in turn could help in restoring export momentum, it added.

It also said that the biggest challenge affecting MSME exports is on the marketing front as most of the units lack financial resources to meet the cost.

"The government needs to chip in with liberal funding. The total marketing support extended by (the Commerce Ministry) is insufficient to meet the demand of MSME for export marketing.

"The government may create an Export Development Fund (EDF) in order to support them on this front. The corpus of the fund should be 0.5 percent to 1 percent of export value so that sizable money is available to promote MSME exports", it said.

Exports dipped for 14th month in a row in January, down 13.6 percent to USD 21 billion due to fall in shipments of petroleum and engineering goods, although trade deficit showed improvement.

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