Registered under the Indian Company Act, Export Promotion Councils or EPC is a non-profit organisation for the promotion of various goods exported from India in international market. EPC works in close association with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and act as a platform for interaction between the exporting community and the government.
So, it becomes important for an exporter to obtain a registration cum membership certificate (RCMC) from the EPC. An application for registration should be accompanied by a self certified copy of the IEC number. Membership fee should be paid in the form of cheque or draft after ascertaining the amount from the concerned EPC.
The RCMC certificate is valid from 1st April of the licensing year in which it was issued and shall be valid for five years ending 31st March of the licensing year, unless otherwise specified.
You may refer the Handbook for the List of Export Promotion Councils.(EPC) There are various export promotion councils in India functioning under the control of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. Every export product will be related to any one of these councils. The list of the export promotion councils, the addresses of their head officers and the regional officers are given in the Handbook of information. You may be able to identify the council which is relevant to your product. In case you may find it difficult, you may ask for guidance. These councils are providing good services to help the exporters for any kind of export businesses related issues like identification of the market for your product, collecting of importers addresses, guiding to fix the export prices and so on. For availing the various services available from them, you can write them letters. Becoming a member and getting RCMC (Registration Cum Membership Certificate) will help you in many ways in your business. You may also browse the concerned computer website of the council for getting more information about the council and its services, before deciding to become member.
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