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Overview of Coffee Board License

The Coffee Board of India is managed by the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of India to promote the production and export of coffee. It acts as an export promotion agency for Indian Coffee and supports the domestic markets of coffee and its development. The primary objective of the Coffee Board is to enhance the production, productivity and quality of Indian Coffee and to bring exports of Indian coffee to various destinations worldwide.

The head office of the Coffee Board of India is in Bangalore. It was established under Coffee Act VII in 1942. The Coffee Board License is issued for the exporters of the coffee as per Rule 44(2) of the Coffee Act 1942.

Objectives of Coffee Board

The objectives of Coffee Board are as follows:

  • To provide useful information and assistance to registered coffee exporters in developing and increasing coffee exports.
  • To offer professional advice such as quality up-gradation, standards and specifications of types and grades of coffee, innovation, etc.
  • To organise visits of delegations of its members abroad to explore overseas market opportunities.
  • To organise participation in trade fairs, exhibitions, and buyer-seller meets in India and abroad.
  • To implement the facilities extended under EXIM POLICY by the Government of India on coffee.

Types of coffee products covered under Coffee Board

The Coffee Board of India issues License for the following types of coffee:

  • Washed Arabica- Plantation
  • Unwashed Arabica- Arabica Cherry
  • Robusta Coffee
  • Unwashed Robusta Coffee
  • Arabica Monsooned Coffee
  • Robusta Monsooned Coffee
  • Specialty Coffee
  • Instant Coffee
  • Ground Coffee
  • Roasted Coffee Seeds

Benefit of Coffee Board License

The benefits of a Coffee Board License are as follows:

  • Participation in major coffee trade shows and exhibitions held in major coffee-consuming countries.
  • Creation of awareness about Indian coffee's quality to overseas rosters, traders and consumers.
  • Participation in the Flavour of India programme for exporters held by the Coffee Board of India to select fine coffees and expose them to export markets.
  • Export incentive and subsidy that provides opportunities to expand the footprint of coffee in India in higher value
  • Get honoured with export awards.

Documents for Coffee Board License

Documents required for Coffee Board License are as follows:

  • Import Export Code Certificate
  • Proof of business registration
  • GST Registration Certificate
  • PAN Card
  • Details of Directors/Partners
  • Passport size photographs
  • Bank Performance Statement
  • Authorised Signatory of Bank
  • Authorised Signatory of Company
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • FSSAI License or MSME Certificate for the manufacturer/exporter

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Coffee Board License Procedure

The procedure for a Coffee Board License is as follows:

Filing of Application

The applicant files an application and provides mandatory details and supporting Documents while applying for Coffee Board License.

Verification of application 

The Coffee Board officials verify the application and Documents attached to it. In the case of any dispensaries, the application is rejected, and a notice regarding the same is sent to the applicant.

Issue of License 

If the application is approved, then the Coffee Board issues the License to the applicant.

Coffee Board License Renewal

The License issued by the Coffee Board is valid for three years from the date of its grant. The applicant has to file an application for renewal of the Coffee Board License with the following self-attested Documents:

  • Copy of original License
  • Import Export Code Certification
  • GST Registration Certificate

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Coffee Board of India is an organisation under the Ministry of Commerce that works toward boosting the production and export of Indian Coffee.

The Coffee Board License is valid for three years.

The aim of the Coffee Board behind granting the License is to enhance the production, productivity, export and quality of Indian Coffee products.

The exporters of coffee must obtain a License along with a Certificate of Origin from the Coffee Board of India to export Indian Coffee from India.

The exporter with a Coffee Board License submits the post-shipment Documents when exporting coffee against each of his export licenses. The post-shipment Documents are submitted between 45 days from the issue of such Coffee Board License.

The post-shipment Documents for the export of Indian Coffee are as follows:

  • Copies of Coffee Board License
  • On-board date seal and bill of landing
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Other important details, if required

The Coffee Board License issued to an exporter is neither transferable nor inheritable.

The Coffee Board License is issued under Rule 44(2) Coffee Act 1942, amended from time to time, along with a Certificate of Origins against the application of coffee exporters for the export of Indian Coffee.

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