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GOTS Regional Meeting in New York

Zuletzt aktualisiert: Donnerstag, 20. Juli 2017 16:46

A GOTS Regional Meeting will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 10 am – Noon. We will review the new changes to the standard with the release of version 5.0 and can answer your questions in person. The venue is: Yotel Hotel 570 10th Ave (corner of 41st St) Club Cabin #4 on the 4th floor.

This is held in conjunction with the OTA’s “Organic Fiber and Textiles Media Event” featuring a 2-day pop-up store that will showcase certified organic fiber products and brands across all categories nationwide. The venue is: Treehaus, New York City, 470 West 42nd Street, NY. May 4-6, 2017 (VIP Reception, evening of May 4).

Please email GOTS North American Representative Lori Wyman if you are interested in more information on any of these events, 

National Seminar on GOTS Certification 2016

Zuletzt aktualisiert: Donnerstag, 20. Juli 2017 16:47

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Post Dhaka Seminar 2016 Report

First National Seminar on Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certification in Bangladesh Highly Successful - Thanks to all!

Participants from whole organic textile supply chain deliberated on the business case for sustainability with organic textiles. Brands committed to increase their share of GOTS certified textiles.

 

   

 

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More than 170 delegates from five countries attended the flagship event by GOTS in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 23rd November, 2016- National Seminar on GOTS Certification - including International Brands & Retailers, manufacturers & exporters, representatives from Govt of Bangladesh, certification bodies, professionals from fields of testing, chemical compliance, media, trade associations, NGOs, academics, consultants and so on. The theme of the conference was –‘Business Case for Sustainability with Organic Textiles’.

Today, out of the more than 3,800 facilities GOTS certified worldwide, more than 400 are in Bangladesh. This is the 5th highest number of GOTS certified facilities worldwide

In his welcome address, Sumit Gupta, GOTS Representative in Bangladesh & India appreciated Bangladesh Textile Industry for their perseverance and consistent efforts to achieve both quality and quantity in their products and exports. The industry has successful in maintaining consistent growth in their export numbers from last several years. Mr. Gupta mentioned the ambitious target of local textile industry to achieve the figure of 50 Bn USD in RMG exports and encouraged the industry to use sustainability and GOTS as a tool to help them achieve this goal.

“I was delighted to see tremendous interest in GOTS and sustainability among the textile industry in Bangladesh.  The fact that this seminar had a full house testifies to the efforts that the industry is making in moving towards a cleaner future.  Delegates showed great enthusiasm during the Q&A sessions asking experts their doubts, giving suggestions and even sharing good practises they follow”, Rahul Bhajekar, GOTS Director Standards Development and Quality Assurance summed up.

Four sessions of the conference addressed the various dimensions of GOTS as an instrument of sustainable supply chain management.

Session 1- Business Case for Sustainability with Organic Textiles- was moderated by Sumit Gupta, Deputy Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance. Mr. Gupta made a presentation on ‘Introduction to GOTS- Technical Criteria and Benefits to Businesses’. He explained various technical requirements in GOTS standard and also explained benefits to businesses- including brands and manufacturers. He also emphasised that compliance and sustainability shouldn’t be considered an external cost but investments in social and environmental compliances would lead to economic gains in long run.

Ms. Thelma Ruiz, Brands Fashion GmbH, Germany, reiterated their consistent support to GOTS and also announced that they plan to convert 100% of their workwear to GOTS certified by year 2020.

Discussion after presentation yielded the results that a long term commitment from both buyers and sellers is necessary to make sustainable products commercially viable.

Session 2 was titled “Quality Assurance through GOTS” and was moderated by Rahul Bhajekar, GOTS Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance. Mr. Abdul Mottaleb, CERES Bangladesh made a presentation on ‘Social Issues- Common non-compliances in the region and examples of best practices’. He mentioned common audit findings in fields of safety, occupational health and other issues related to payment and overtime. He indicated that situation is constantly improving but industry still needs to work on various aspects including accurate time recording system, yearly increments etc.

Amran Hossain, CU Certifications Ltd, Bangladesh made a presentation on ‘Environment Issues- Common non-compliances in the region and examples of best practices’. He introduced local legal requirements and GOTS requirements for environment safety. He also spoke about commonly prevalent non-compliances in the region like water spillage on floor; untreated water being mixed with surface water, non-functional Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) etc. He also gave examples of some best practices like shaded & selected area for sludge drying, flowmeters at inlets & outlets, safety fence at heights etc.

Session 3- Leading the Way to Best Practices – was moderated by Rahul Bhajekar again.

Mr. Bhajekar made a presentation on ‘Labelling Organic Textiles- Legal Conditions and GOTS Requirements’. He gave details about the legal basis existing in the EU, USA and in India on the labelling of ‘organic fibres and textiles’. He also informed the new rule that GOTS Logo can now be used by chemical suppliers in their promotional documents, with payment of ‘Additives License Fee’. He also emphasised the importance of Transaction Certificates for maintaining traceability of products in whole supply chain.

Mr. Mohi Uddin Ahmed, EHS Plus Center, Bangladesh gave a very informative presentation on ‘Developing a Chemical Management Program in a Textile Process House’. The presentation served as a mini training session for the industry on how to do it right when it comes to handling chemicals and related documentation for a textile process house.

The next presentation in the session was on ‘Prospects and Challenges of Organic Cotton in Bangladesh’. Dr. Md. Fakhre Alam Ibne Tabib, Deputy Director, Cotton Development Board (CDB) made the presentation on behalf of Dr. Md. Farid Uddin, Executive Director, CDB, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. He spoke about various initiatives Govt of Bangladesh has undertaken to support cotton cultivation in Bangladesh. From a couple of years, the govt has also started promoting cultivation of organic cotton in the country and this would further enhance competitiveness of the country as a source of organic textiles.

Session 4 was a Panel Discussion on ‘Challenges in Sustainable Supply Chain and Opportunities with GOTS’. Session moderator, Raashid Ashraf Khan, CEO, Silver Composite Textile Mills Ltd drove the discussions forward with his insightful questions for the panelists, coming from all areas of the textile chain including laboratory and certifiers. The Panelists were Taslimul Hoque, DGM, Procurement, Square Textiles Ltd, Bangladesh; Nur Alam, Lab Operations and Technical Manager, ULVS Bangladesh Ltd; Tahura Khanam, Auditor, OneCert Bangladesh; Saurabh Gupta, Director, AEON Commercial India Pvt Ltd, India and Farzana Hussain, AGM (Sourcing & Marketing), Flamingo Fashion Ltd, Bangladesh.

The panel discussed major challenges in organic textile industry regarding sustainability. In his conclusion, Khan said that there is lack of training and awareness among employees about sustainable practices. Top management of companies must take a forward-thinking approach and actively engage in implementing these preparations. An important technical aspect is to ensure consistency in quality of raw materials (yarns, fabrics) made from organic fibres and buyers should accept the given quality. With a holistic sustainability standard like GOTS, organic textile industry has an opportunity to use it as a tool that includes all aspects of sustainability including social and environment compliances and is acceptable globally.

Mr. Sumit Gupta proposed formal vote of thanks at the end of the event. He thanked all sponsors, partners, speakers, media and attendees for their respective contributions to the event.

 

 

The seminar addresses challenges and explores feasible opportunities in the field of organic textiles for Bangladesh textile industry. The august gathering of thought leaders from various walks of sustainability (including compliance, regulation, quality assurance, green chemistry, chemical management) along with media and trade associations shall contemplate on the impact of investing in social and environmental responsibilities on economic success.

The seminar shall touch upon both technical and commercial aspects of sustainable textile processing. The National Seminar provides the ideal opportunity to explore organic textile processing in the region and would potentially be redefining sustainable supply chain dynamics there. Successful stories of established economically viable sustainable business models aim to encourage more entrepreneurs to follow suit. 

The seminar is supported by IFOAM- Organics International. GOTS requires organic certification of fibres on basis of recognised international or national standards that are approved in the IFOAM family of standards.

  

The 'Sponsorship Brochure' can be downloaded here

The 'Seminar Agenda' can be downloaded here

The 'Press Release' can be read here

 

Presentations from the seminar can be downloaded from below links:

Introduction to GOTS- Technical Criteria and Benefits to Businesses

Sumit Gupta, GOTS

Storytelling- Brands’ Business Case with Organic Textiles

Thelma Ruiz, Brands Fashion GmbH, Germany

Social Issues- Common non-compliances in the region and examples of best practices

Abdul Mottaleb, CERES Bangladesh

Environment Issues- Common non-compliances in the region and examples of best practices

Amran Hossain, Sr. Auditor, CU Certifications Ltd, Bangladesh

Labelling Organic Textiles- Legal Conditions and GOTS Requirements

Rahul Bhajekar, GOTS

 

Developing a Chemical Management Program in a Textile Process House

Mr. Mohi Uddin Ahmed, Senior Trainer, EHS Plus Center, North South University, Bangladesh

 

Prospects and Challenges of Organic Cotton in Bangladesh

Dr. Fakhre Alam Ibne Tabib, Deputy Director, Cotton Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

 

 

    Contact:

    Sumit Gupta

    Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

    Seminar Coordinator

    Representative in Bangladesh and India

    Email:

    Mobile: +91 9892270594

 

 

 

 

Conference Sponsors

 AEON Logo                     Basil logo 

       Delta Apparel Logo                   Control union logo                                  

        ceres logo            OneCert Logo

 

Supported by

LOGO BIOFACH INDIA                                            IFOAM Logo

 

 

Media Partners

Apparel Views BD Logo      RMG Times Logo 2  

 

    Local Organising Partner in Bangladesh

        RMG Times Logo 2

GOTS Pre-Conference to 19th OWC

Zuletzt aktualisiert: Mittwoch, 15. November 2017 18:27

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Post Conference Report

Post Conference Report Delhi 2017

GOTS Pre-Conference to IFOAM Organic World Congress - Spots on Social Compliance

Prominent players from field of social compliance gathered at the conference and discussed shaping a future landscape for textile supply chains.

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‘GOTS Pre-Conference to 19th Organic World Congress’ was organized by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India on 8th November, 2017. This conference was first of its kind, solely focused on theme ‘Social Compliance Issues in the Organic Textile Supply Chain’. It was attended by more than 85 high profile attendees from twelve countries. Attendees included CSR Managers of brands, HR Representatives, Certification Bodies, Standard Setters, Government, NGOs and other stakeholders from field of social compliance.

In his Welcome Address, Herbert Ladwig, Managing Director, GOTS spoke about importance of corporate social responsibility in businesses and gave a background on Social Compliance Requirements starting with the 8 fundamental conventions of the ILO, the UNHCR Guiding Principles, the OECD Guidelines and the more recent UN Global Compact principles. Ladwig further stated that there is a case for inclusion of social compliance rules into voluntary sustainability standards, such as GOTS, which remains a valuable contribution towards safeguarding the rights of people at the workplace.   

Audience 5Welcome Address Herbert Ladwig

Session 1: History and Overview of Social Compliances’

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The session was moderated by Herbert Ladwig. The speakers were Joelle Katto-Andrighetto from IFOAM- Organics International, Germany and Dr. Elizabeth Bennett from Lewis & Clark College, USA.

Ms. Katto-Andrighetto informed the delegates about history of social standards, including ‘ethical trade standards’ of Soil Association, UK, which is one of the founders of GOTS. She also mentioned that since year 2005, ‘Fairness’ has been included in the IFOAM ‘Principles of Organic Agriculture’ as one of the four principles. In conclusion, she called upon international stakeholders to work on issues of living wages, fair pricing and land grabbing together with IFOAM.

Dr Bennett in her presentation ‘Overview of Social Criteria in Sustainability Standards’ emphasised upon the importance of social criteria in voluntary standards. She suggested that improving wages - especially for low-wage earners with little wealth - is the key to improving income equality both within countries and globally. She further presented a study from comparison of twenty five standards that include social compliance. She asked all standards, including GOTS, to do more in areas of living wage, collective bargaining, inequality, etc. and bring in true sustainability.

Session 2: Challenges in Social Compliance

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It was moderated by Christopher Stopes, GOTS Representative in UK. The speakers were Dr. Sandhya Barge, Global Living Wage Coalition, India; Simon Ferrigno, U.K. and Syam Sundar, ICEA, India.

Dr. Barge provided a definition for a Living Wage and spoke about the Anker Methodology for calculating living wage benchmarks. Furthermore, she provided examples of benchmark studies in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Tiruppur, India.

Ferrigno spoke on the burning issue of ‘Land Grabbing’. Simon noted that this problem is not specific to organic fibres or cotton cultivation. His talk showcased the importance of due diligence and gave some positive examples like OECD, Global Reporting Initiative, French corporate governance law, UK Modern slavery Act, etc.

Syam spoke on ‘Dealing with Non-Compliances in Social Aspects’, which was aimed at discussing challenges faced by certifiers, working in field of social audits. Some of the common issues were noted as migrant labour, seasonal work, Forced over time, adolescent work force, fire safety etc. He also shared some informative images from the audits that gave an actual idea of challenges faced by workers as a part of their daily lives at workplace.

 Session 3: Beyond Certification

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Session was moderated by Rahul Bhajekar, Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, GOTS

In part 1 of the session, Tim Zahn, NGO Coordinator in the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, Germany and Avedis Seferian, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), USA debated the topic ‘Is Certification Outdated?’.

Zahn analysed the motivational structures behind social audits and argued that the current system where auditor is paid by the auditee is flawed and not well suited to reveal social non-compliances. Lastly, he spoke about wages, social dialogue and aspirations of the workers where he felt that certification failed to do much as it only works as a diagnostic tool. Supply chain transparency was identified as an aspect where certification systems can add value.

Seferian countered by pointing out the importance of certification and explained the difference between a standard and certification. He gave several examples of professions where payment is done by beneficiaries and contended that this is an established international practice. He also explained that the certification can be performed only against a measurable and auditable standard and is not designed to address aspirations. Seferian did acknowledge that certification is essentially a diagnostic tool but is necessary to know where we stand, so that progress can be made and that certifications & audits would never be outdated.

In the discussions that followed this debate, some common ground was noted such as the need for long term commitments within the supply chains; using constructive criticism for improvement; collaborations and encouraging trust in the partners.

The second part of the session was a Panel Discussion on ‘Initiatives Beyond Certification for Social Compliances in Textile Supply Chain’. The panellists were Devhuti Bakshi, Trident Limited, India and Saurabh Gupta, AEON Commercial Pvt Ltd, India.  

Bakshi informed about Trident philosophy that entire ecosystem of social working has to be addressed. She spoke about some of their wide ranging initiatives that go beyond certification.

Gupta spoke about initiatives by AEON where they have been supporting their clients with detailed technical support thereby working beyond certification. He suggested that buyers should incentivize the suppliers with higher level of compliances.

Session 4: Besides Certification

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It was moderated by Claudia Kersten, Director Marketing & Finance, GOTS. The speakers were Mumin Can Eker, Egedeniz Textile, Turkey; Archana Panda, Social Accountability International (SAI), India and Mr. A. Narayansamy, Armstrong Spinning Mills (P) Ltd, India.

Eker connected with the audience through a recorded video presentation, which gave details about living wage project in their company. The video included worker interviews, tour of the company and a lecture by Ekar.

Panda explained the Social Fingerprint® program, which helps companies measure and continually improve their social performance. SAI has developed several versions of Social Fingerprint in order to target all levels of the supply chain, including brands, licensees or vendors, and facilities.  

Narayansamy spoke about Social Compliance Management System with examples from his own organisation. He explained the functioning of Workers Committees, how representation to such are made equitable; other activities towards workers empowerment and a unique supervisory development programme that they operate for migrant workers.

While, Summing up, Mr. Herbert Ladwig informed delegates that GOTS will put forth outcomes of this conference to the 19th Organic World Congress (OWC). He suggested the following as major outcomes of the conference:

  1. Social criteria in sustainability standards help improving working conditions. Improve standards with measurable criteria and keep inspection/ certification as a diagnostic tool.
  2. In addition, or – if possible – in combination find and apply suitable aspirational approaches and tools.
  3. Find and apply efficient means to draw the big brands and retailers into utilizing their responsibility for sustainability of the textile industry.

The suggestion was unanimously endorsed by attending delegates.

The outcomes from the conference were presented in Track 7.A of 19th Organic World Congress (OWC) by Christopher Stopes and Miyoshi Satoko, GOTS representative in Japan.

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Topics like labour rights, collective bargaining, health & safety, occupational health hazards etc. have been part of business discussions from more than a decade. But in last few years, newer concepts like modern slavery, living wages etc. have enriched this discussion even further. Moreover, the discussions have reached the living rooms from board rooms, thanks to NGO activism and social media. Social compliances have been an integral part of GOTS since version 1.0 and compliance with the same is verified during GOTS audits. As per year 2016 data, more than 1.4 million workers were working in GOTS certified facilities worldwide.

The GOTS Pre-Conference to 19th Organic World Congress (OWC) in India provides the ideal opportunity to review and discuss social impacts of organic textile processing globally and in the Indian region – the world leader in organic textile processing. This Pre-Conference will help to create and develop successful partnerships for further actions on critical areas in field of social compliances needing urgent action. It is scheduled to be held on 8th November 2017 in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.

Travel & Accommodation

Travel & Accommodation OWC-Preconference

Travel and Accommodation is NOT included in the Participation Fee. The below details are given for information purposes only. Attendees / visitors must obtain and follow official guidelines in line with law of the land.

 

Travel:

  • Conference venue is Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre, India. To reach Gulmohar, best is to enter from ‘Vardman Marg’ side, Gate Number 3. Venue website; Google Maps Link.
  • Distance from Terminal 3 of New Delhi Airport is around 20 km and drive time could be 40-60 minutes.
  • Taxi services are available at the arrival gates at Delhi airport. App based Taxi Services like Ola and Uber are also available.
  • New Delhi is the political capital of India and is well connected to the whole world by air, rail, and road.

 

Accommodations:

We do not have a special rate arrangement with any hotel for this event. But there are plenty of hotels available in New Delhi in different star ratings. The rates are a little higher in November due to peak season, so an early booking is recommended.

 

Currency:

The units of Indian currency are the rupee (INR). Paper money comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2,000 rupees. Coins are in denominations of 50 paise, one rupee, two rupees, five rupees and ten rupees. International airports have currency-exchange booths that are always open for arriving or departing overseas flights. It is a good idea to change a certain amount of money in small denominations.  

Tourists are required to make a declaration on the Currency Declaration Form given to passengers upon arrival regarding the amount of money (currency or travelers' cheques). There are no restrictions on the amount a tourist may bring into India. Cash, bank notes, and travelers' cheques up to US$ 1,000 or equivalent need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money in convertible currencies should be exchanged only through authorised moneychangers and banks that will issue an ‘encashment certificate’ that is required at the time of reconversion of any unspent money. The encashment slip is also required when paying hotel bills or travel expenses in rupees.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Indian cities and larger towns, particularly American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa. Credit cards can also be used to get cash advances in rupees. But it is always better to carry some cash, like few thousand rupees.

When leaving India, you can exchange the unspent rupees back to your currency. Exporting of the Indian currency by foreigners is strictly against the rules. Banking facilities are usually located in the same airport hall as the check-in counters. It is best to access these facilities before immigration, as they might not be available thereafter. Some shops also accept USD at the airport departure terminal, apart from credit cards. 

Conference Theme:

GOTS Pre-Conference, with the theme ‘Social Compliance Issues in the Organic Textile Supply Chain’, shall provide a great opportunity to debate the priorities for action in the context of the IFOAM-Organics International (IFOAM OI) Organic World Congress and the vital Organic 3.0 debate initiated by IFOAM OI. The pre-conference shall discuss and debate on pertinent issues like living wages, management of compliance, etc. The conclusions from the pre-conference shall be presented in Track 7.A of the 19th OWC.

Position in India:

  • India is the leader in both organic cotton cultivation and processing, with the largest number of GOTS certified facilities in the world.
  • Though social conditions in Indian textile industry are generally known to be better than its immediate neighbours, much more needs to be done to tackle consistently continuing issues like child labour, discrimination, payment of minimum wages etc.
  • So far, India has ratified six out of the eight core labour standards (Nos. 29, 100, 105, 111, 138 and 182), three out of the four “Governance” Conventions (Nos. 81, 122 and 144) and 38 out of the 177 Technical Conventions.

 

About 19th Organic World Congress (OWC)

OWC is a series of international conferences organised by International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) held every three years in different parts of the world. 19th OWC is scheduled to be held in Greater Noida, India on 9th- 11th Nov 2017. The Congress shall hold a series of discussions and debates by leaders from the organic movement on how we can best promote and implement the organic agenda. The theme for congress is 'Global Adoption of Organic Principles for Truly Sustainable Agriculture'. Diverse topics with relevance to global and local progress would be discussed in the three days discourse. Track 7.A of the congress is focussed on Organic Textiles and Body Care Products and shall discuss ‘Challenges and opportunities for the development of organic textiles and cosmetics’. For more information on the congress, please visit the official website https://owc.ifoam.bio/2017/owc.

 

The 'Conference Brochure' can be downloaded here

The 'Conference Agenda' can be downloaded here

The ‘Registration Form’ can be downloaded here

 

Conference Sponsors

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Media Partners       

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Local Organising Partner in India

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Contact:

Sumit Gupta

Conference Coordinator

Representative in India and Bangladesh

Email:  

Mobile: +91 9892270594

 

 

 

Travel & Accommodation OWC-Preconference

Zuletzt aktualisiert: Montag, 11. September 2017 15:30

Travel and Accommodation is NOT included in the Participation Fee. The below details are given for information purposes only. Attendees / visitors must obtain and follow official guidelines in line with law of the land.

 

Travel:

  • Conference venue is Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre, India. To reach Gulmohar, best is to enter from ‘Vardman Marg’ side, Gate Number 3. Venue website; Google Maps Link.
  • Distance from Terminal 3 of New Delhi Airport is around 20 km and drive time could be 40-60 minutes.
  • Taxi services are available at the arrival gates at Delhi airport. App based Taxi Services like Ola and Uber are also available.
  • New Delhi is the political capital of India and is well connected to the whole world by air, rail, and road.

 

Accommodations:

We do not have a special rate arrangement with any hotel for this event. But there are plenty of hotels available in New Delhi in different star ratings. The rates are a little higher in November due to peak season, so an early booking is recommended.

 

Currency:

The units of Indian currency are the rupee (INR). Paper money comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2,000 rupees. Coins are in denominations of 50 paise, one rupee, two rupees, five rupees and ten rupees. International airports have currency-exchange booths that are always open for arriving or departing overseas flights. It is a good idea to change a certain amount of money in small denominations.  

Tourists are required to make a declaration on the Currency Declaration Form given to passengers upon arrival regarding the amount of money (currency or travelers' cheques). There are no restrictions on the amount a tourist may bring into India. Cash, bank notes, and travelers' cheques up to US$ 1,000 or equivalent need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money in convertible currencies should be exchanged only through authorised moneychangers and banks that will issue an ‘encashment certificate’ that is required at the time of reconversion of any unspent money. The encashment slip is also required when paying hotel bills or travel expenses in rupees.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Indian cities and larger towns, particularly American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa. Credit cards can also be used to get cash advances in rupees. But it is always better to carry some cash, like few thousand rupees.

When leaving India, you can exchange the unspent rupees back to your currency. Exporting of the Indian currency by foreigners is strictly against the rules. Banking facilities are usually located in the same airport hall as the check-in counters. It is best to access these facilities before immigration, as they might not be available thereafter. Some shops also accept USD at the airport departure terminal, apart from credit cards.