On 21 June 2006, the Government announced 50 per cent assistance in airfreight for transport of perishable commodities from any airport in the North-East to the Delhi or Mumbai airports for exports.
Minister of State for Commerce, approved the revised guidelines of the inland transport assistance scheme to this effect (under the Export Development Fund for the North-East)
The rate of inland transport assistance for the eligible products would be 90 per cent of the airfreight charged by the airline from any airport in the North-Eastern States (NES) or Bagdogra to Guwahati or Kolkata for exports.
In case of highly perishable commodities, 50 per cent of the airfreight charged by the airline from any airport in the NES to Delhi or Mumbai airports for exports would be given as inland transport assistance.
The inland transport assistance would be Re 1 per kg, if the goods are transported from anywhere in the NES by road for exports through any notified land customs station in the NES or through Guwahati airport or the actual freight paid, whichever is less.
For the goods transported from NES to Kolkata or any other port by rail through ICD, Guwahati for exports, the transport assistance would be Re 1 per kg or the actual freight paid, whichever is less.
For the goods transported from NES by rail through ICD, Guwahati to any place in West Bengal for processing and export, the assistance would be Rs 2 per kg or actual freight paid, whichever is less.
The State-wise list for the commodities would be done away with and the identified products - banana, guava, lemon, orange, pears, pineapples, plums, cut flowers, ginger, passion fruit, kiwi, apple, bamboo and cane for food purposes from any NES would be eligible for inland transport assistance.