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The office of the Development Commissioner, Cochin Special Economic Zone is a sub-ordinate office under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Commerce, Govt. of India. The Development Commissioner, CSEZ is the licensing authority for SEZ units and 100% Export Oriented Units (EOUs) in Kerala, Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Mahe. To cater to the needs of 100% EOUs located in Karnataka a sub office of CSEZ is functioning in Bangalore. The performance of the developers of new Special Economic Zones that are being set up in the State of Kerala and Karnataka is monitored by the Development Commissioner, CSEZ.
The Government of India had decided in June, 1983 to set up four Export Processing Zones at Noida, Madras, Cochin & Falta. In pursuance of this decision, 103 acre of land for locating CEPZ was acquired during 1984-85. The project with an estimated cost of Rs.15 crore was approved in February 1985, and construction started in May, 1985. The Zone became operational during the middle of 1986 and the first export took place in November, 1986. The Zone was converted in to an SEZ in the year 2000




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