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APEDA Registration

The term APEDA stands for Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority. It is an export promotion council inaugurated in the year 1985 and work as per the provisions and regulations mentioned in the Agricultural and Processed Food products Export Development Authority (APEDA) Act, 1985.

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Overview of APEDA Registration

The term APEDA stands for Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority. Government of India introduced APEDA with the motive to promote export council. In simple words, it is an export promotion council inaugurated in the year 1985 and work as per the provisions and regulations mentioned in the Agricultural and Processed Food products Export Development Authority (APEDA) Act, 1985. It also works in the direction to provide financial aid to the scheduled products and at the same time issue guidelines and provide information pertaining to the progress of those products.

Agriculture plays a crucial role in the Indian economy by contributing to India’s total export and 6 percent to total Industrial investment. Gradually, the agriculture and processed food products industry is moving ahead in the direction of growth and expansion and it only becomes possible because of the government’s policies. Government has drafted policies with the aim to boost agriculture industry by means of soil health cards, facilities available for storage, agricultural infrastructure, and irrigation policies.

It is necessary for all the exporters of the scheduled products to register themselves with APEDA. Any person who wants to obtain APEDA registration has to first apply for the registration of Import Export Code. Make sure to apply for APEDA registration within one month from the date of an undertaking of such export. Also, APEDA registration remains valid till lifetime until Authority decided to cancel it.

Objective of the APEDA

The purpose of establishing APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) is to boost the export of the scheduled products. Moreover, the Government of India has drafted certain rules and regulations to efficiently and effectively promote the administration of the APEDA Act, which the government tries to implement through this body.

Concept of Scheduled Products

Government of India has established APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) with the obligation to perform export promotion and development activities of the scheduled products, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

List of Scheduled Products provided under the First Schedule of APEDA Act, 1985:

  • Meat and Meat Products
  • Poultry and Poultry Products
  • Dairy Products
  • Confectionery, Biscuits and Bakery Products
  • Honey, Jaggery, and Sugar Products
  • Cocoa and its products
  • All types of Chocolates
  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Cereal and Cereal Products
  • Groundnuts, Peanuts and Walnuts
  • Pickle, Papad and Chutney
  • Guar Gum
  • Floriculture and Floriculture Products
  • Herbal and Medicinal Plants

Benefits of APEDA Registration

  • Those who want to indulge in the export of the scheduled products needs to acquire APEDA Registration.
  • Once the APEDA registration is done exporters can utilize the APEDA subsidies for the growth and development of export infrastructure, quality development activities, and market development activities.
  • Exporters are aware of the latest export quality standards, trade fairs, infrastructure support, trade fairs and agri-exchange reports.
  • Exporters will become eligible to attend different training programs conducted by the APEDA for the business and skill development.
  • Give guidelines to the exporters related to the various scheduled products.

Documents Required for APEDA Registration

  • Signed APEDA registration application form
  • A copy of Import Export Code (IEC) issued by the Director-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)
  • Bank certificate signed by the authorities
  • Bank account statement of the last two months
  • Cancelled Cheque

Functions of APEDA Authorities

  • Promoting export-oriented production
  • Focussing on the development of scheduled products
  • Providing standards for the scheduled products
  • Registering exporters who are dealing in the scheduled products once the required fees is paid
  • Working towards improving the packaging and marketing of the Scheduled Products
  • To ensure the quality of scheduled products, conducting inspection and verification of the scheduled products
  • Focussing on the growth and development of industries related to the scheduled products.

APEDA Registration Process

Registration process has become easy for exporters; they now can submit an online application by going through the steps listed below:

  • Visit the official website of APEDA, login into it and click on the “Register as Member” tab
  • Provide your basic details such as Import Export Code, email ID and registered mobile number and then click on the submit button.
  • Submitted details will be confirmed through One Time Password (OTP). An OTP will be sent to the registered email ID and mobile number; you are required to enter the OTP on the verification screen. Don’t forget to click on the submit button to proceed further.
  • In the next step you are required to fill the concerned online application, once the verification is done. Upload all the prerequisite documents and make sure to convert all the documents into JPEG, PDF or PNG format only.
  • Rs 5000 is charged as a fee for obtaining registration which excludes taxes and can be paid by any of the following modes:

    1. Credit Card

    2. Debit Card

    3. Demand Draft

  • As soon as the payment process is complete an application number will generate which will be needed for future reference.
  • Once RCMC (Registration-Cum-Membership-Certificate) is issued login details are sent to the registered email address of the exporter. Exporter can login by using the link “Exporter Login” mentioned on the APEDA website.
  • By clicking on the link “Track Application” applicant can check the status of the RCMC (Registration-Cum-Membership-Certificate) application.
  • The exporter can rectify any shortcoming in the submitted application and can resubmit the documents online.
  • In the last step of registration procedure, officials of APEDA approve the RCMC. On receiving the approval, certificate of registration can be obtained by using APEDA login details.

Initiative Taken by the APEDA

APEDA works with the motive to ease the process of doing business in the export sector of agriculture. To achieve this goal APEDA has taken certain initiative, four major initiatives adopted by APEDA are as follows:

  • Hortinet

    APEDA developed Hortinet which is an internet-based integrated traceability scheme. The purpose of introducing this website was to encourage farmers to apply online for registering their farms. Interested farmers again need to apply online for the purpose of analyzing, testing, and certification of Pomegranate, Grape, and Vegetables so that they can be used for export from India to the EU (European Union). With the help of Hortinet exporters can trace the quality and reliability of these products.

  • Basmati.net

    Basmati.net is developed with the aim to provide a common platform to all the stakeholders available in the basmati rice supply chain. Stakeholders can be any of the following:

    1. Farmers

    2. Paddy Traders

    3. Agriculture Produce Market

    4. Basmati Rice Millers

    5. Basmati Rice Exporters

  • Meat.net

    Current Export and Import Policy framed by the Government of India has made certain tests mandatory for each export consignment. These tests include microbiological and other tests conducted at a Government laboratory and should be accompanied by the Health Certificate. With meat.net APEDA has introduced a scheme, as per which, exporter can apply online for the Health Certificate of each export consignment of their meat product.

  • Peanut.net

    Peanut.net is very similar to Basmati and Hortinet. It is also an integrated traceability scheme which was designed post the success of first two traceability systems. The function of Peanut.net is to facilitate testing and certification of the peanuts that are to be exported from India. Testing and verification is done following the standards provided by the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine. Additionally, it also keeps the quality assurance data provided by the stakeholders in the supply chain.

Frequently Asked Questions

The term APEDA stands for Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority. Government of India introduced APEDA with the motive to promote export council.

The purpose of establishing APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) is to boost the export of the scheduled products.

List of Scheduled Products provided under the First Schedule of APEDA Act, 1985:

  • Meat and Meat Products
  • Poultry and Poultry Products
  • Dairy Products
  • Confectionery, Biscuits and Bakery Products
  • Honey, Jaggery, and Sugar Products
  • Cocoa and its products
  • All types of Chocolates
  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Cereal and Cereal Products
  • Groundnuts, Peanuts and Walnuts
  • Pickle, Papad and Chutney
  • Guar Gum
  • Floriculture and Floriculture Products
  • Herbal and Medicinal Plants
  • Those who want to indulge in the export of the scheduled products needs to acquire APEDA Registration.
  • Once the APEDA registration is done exporters can utilize the APEDA subsidies for the growth and development of export infrastructure, quality development activities, and market development activities.
  • Exporters are aware of the latest export quality standards, trade fairs, infrastructure support, trade fairs and agri-exchange reports.
  • Hortinet
  • Basmati.net
  • Meat.net
  • Peanut.net
  • Signed APEDA registration application form
  • A copy of Import Export Code (IEC) issued by the Director-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)
  • Bank certificate signed by the authorities
  • Bank account statement of the last two months
  • Cancelled Cheque

Rs 5000 are charged as a fee for obtaining APEDA registration which excludes taxes and can be paid by any of the following modes:

  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Demand Draft

The purpose of introducing Hortinet is to encourage farmers to apply online for registering their farms. With the help of Hortinet exporters can trace the quality and reliability of these products.

APEDA authorities contribute to the economy in the following manner:

  • Promoting export-oriented production
  • Focussing on the development of scheduled products
  • Providing standards for the scheduled products
  • Registering exporters who are dealing in the scheduled products once the required fees is paid
  • Working towards improving the packaging and marketing of the Scheduled Products
  • To ensure the quality of scheduled products, conducting inspection and verification of the scheduled products
  • Focussing on the growth and development of industries related to the scheduled products.

APEDA registration remains valid till lifetime until Authority decided to cancel it. d

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