About the service
•The Indian Trade Service (ITS), Group ‘A’ Civil Service, was created as a specialized cadre to handle India's international trade & commerce on the basis of the recommendations of the Mathur Committee in 1965.
•At present Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), under Ministry of Commerce, is the cadre controlling authority of the ITS.
•DGFT has 38 regional offices across India, and plays a significant role in promoting India's international trade with its policy formulation and implementation.
Divisions of Department of Commerce
•International Trade Policy Division
•Foreign Trade Territorial Division
•Export Products Division
•Export Industries Division
•Export Services Division
•Administration & General Service Division
•Induction Training The ITS probationers undergo mandatory Foundation-course training at various designated academies in co-ordination with LBSNAA-Mussourie.
•Indian Trade Service probationers are then trained at prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.
•The training is divided into class room teachings and practical training in form of various attachments and classroom training.
•The class room teaching focuses on areas like India's Foreign Trade Policy, World Trade Oraganisation Framework, International Business Marketing, Macro and Micro Economics, Human Resource Management etc.
•The probationers are attached with various departments, ports, manufacturing units to give an industry exposure.
Various aspects of Indian Trade Service
1. Policy formulation in the area of International trade
2. Trade Policy implementation
3. Export promotion through various initiatives
4. International trade negotiations and commercial diplomacy
5. Miscellaneous and allied responsibilities
Roles and Functions
•Formulate the export-import policies and implement them.
•Administer various export promotion measures and export incentive schemes.
•Monitoring the exports obligations.
•Import and export licensing and regulation
•Administration of GSP and other Certificate of Origin related matters.
•Administration of the Foreign Trade Development and Regulation Act (FTDR Act).
•Settlement of Quality and other trade disputes.
•Action against violation of export obligations under various export promotion schemes
•Monitoring of import of Sensitive Items.
•Besides working in Ministry of Commerce, ITS officers serve various other ministries/departments/Organisations/ in centre and states from time to time.
•ITS officers have excelled in ministries like Ministry of Coomunication and Information Technology, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Home Affairs etc.
•One post each in Ministry of External Affairs (Deputy Secretary post), Ministry of Textiles (Joint Secretary post) and Ministry of Agriculture (Joint Secretary post) has been reserved for ITS officers.
ITS Service at a glance
•The importance of ITS officers have declined over the years due to liberalisation policies of the Government of India
•Their promotional prospect is decent, if not best among the central services.
•ITS officer can rise up-to the HAG Scale at the level of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
•Besides serving within the country, there are potential opportunities available to serve in Commercial consulates in the Indian Missions abroad, WTO, UN bodies like UNCTAD etc.
•There are other trade related bodies like Export Promotion Councils, Commodity Boards, Trade Advisor/Commissioner in states, FICCI, CII etc., where expertise of ITS officers will be required and creation of new roles in these bodies are expected in future.