About: The Indian Trade Service (ITS),
Group ‘A’ Civil Service, was created as a specialized cadre to handle India's international trade & commerce Import and Export Trade Control Organization, Member of Parliament) 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.
The Department of commerce is headed by a Secretary who is assisted by a Special Secretary & Financial Adviser, three Additional Secretaries, thirteen Joint Secretaries and Joint Secretary level officers and a number of other senior officers. Keeping in view the large increase in workload in matters related to World Trade Organization (WTO), Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs), free trade agreements (FTAs), Special Economic Zones (SEZs), joint study groups (JSGs) etc., two posts each of Joint Secretaries and Directors were created in the Department.
Duties or Roles and Responsibilities of Indian Trade Service
The Department is functionally organized into the following nine Divisions
- International Trade Policy Division
- Foreign Trade Territorial Division
- Export Products Division
- Export Industries Division
- Export Services Division
- Economic Division
- Administration & General Service Division
- Finance Division
- Supply Division
The main role of ITS officers can be divided into five parts
- Policy formulation in the area of International trade
- Trade Policy implementation
- Export promotion through various initiatives
- International trade negotiations and commercial diplomacy
- Miscellaneous and allied responsibilities
Promotional Hierarchy structure of Indian Trade service
Addl Director General of Foreign Trade (Top most post)
Jt. Director General of Foreign Trade
Sr. Divisional Accounts officer
Joint Director General of Foreign Trade
Deputy Director General of Foreign Trade
Assistant Director General of Foreign Trade
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Note: Hierarchy Promotions happens from bottom to top as shown above.