Sellers on GeM mandated to disclose products ‘Country of Origin’

Centre has made it mandatory for sellers to enter the ‘Country of Origin’ while registering all new products on government e-marketplace (GeM).

The e-marketplace is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry which facilitates the entry of small local sellers in public procurement, while implementing ‘Make in India’ and MSE Purchase Preference Policies of the Centre.

Accordingly, the ministry said the move has been made to promote ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.

The provision has been enabled via the introduction of new features on GeM.

Besides, the registration process, the new feature also reminds sellers, who have already uploaded their products, to disclose their products’ ‘Country of Origin’ details.

The ministry further said that failing to disclose the detail will lead to removal of the products from the e-marketplace.

“GeM has taken this significant step to promote ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’,” the ministry said in a statement.

“GeM has also enabled a provision for indication of the percentage of local content in products. With this new feature, now, the ‘Country of Origin’ as well as the local content percentage are visible in the marketplace for all items. More importantly, the ‘Make in India’ filter has now been enabled on the portal. Buyers can choose to buy only those products that meet the minimum 50 per cent local content criteria.”

In case of bids, the ministry said that buyers can now reserve any bid for a “Class I Local suppliers. For those bids below Rs 200 crore, only Class I and Class II Local Suppliers are eligible to bid, with Class I supplier getting purchase preference”.