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Registration Cum Membership Certificate (RCMC)

Registration Cum Membership Certificate (RCMC) is a required document for the following purposes:

  • To Import / Export of Restricted Items
  • To claim benefits / concessions under Foreign Trade Policy.

An RCMC is issued by any one of the Authorized Export Promotion Councils (EPC) or Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) or Commodity Boards which are responsible for monitoring Exports and Imports in their respective Segments.

An entity can register with the respective authority either as

  1. Merchant Exporter
  2. Manufacturer Exporter
  3. Nature of Concern

In either case the exporter has to specify the product(s) for which the registration is sought and declare the main line of business.

Each Export Promotion Council or Commodity board is responsible for specific products. These authorities promote and support export firms in developing their overseas trade and presence by providing technical and industry insights. EPCs also promote government schemes, act as a data store and conduct overseas tours and studies. Export Promotional Council collects export and import data of its members, as well as other data which is relevant to International Trade to build a statistical base to compare industry growth. They offer advice to their members related to Technology, quality control, standards and specifications etc. They organize Trade Fairs, Exhibitions, Seminars, Meets between buyers and sellers to promote business etc. They are also responsible for promoting communication between Export business community and the Government.

The Exporter has to apply to the right EPC which is responsible for their line of business. Following is the list of Competent Authorities who can issue RCMC and their respective products.



Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO)

If business is involved in multiple products.

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)

Agricultural Products & Processed Foods

Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC)


Basic Chemicals Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetic Export Promotion Council (CHEMEXCIL)

Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, and Cosmetics

Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC)


Cashew Export Promotion Council of India (CEPCI)


Chemicals and Allied Products Export Promotion Council (CEPEXIL)


Coffee Board


Coir Board

Coir Products

Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL)

Cotton and Cotton Goods

Council for Leather Exports (CLE)

Leather & Leather Goods

Engineering Exports Promotion Council (EEPC)

Engineering Goods

Electronics & Computer Software Export Promotion Council

Computer Software

Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH)

Handicrafts/Handicraft Goods

Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)

Gems & Jewellery

Handloom Export Promotion Council (HEPC)

Cotton Handloom Fabrics/Home Textiles/Garment Accessories

Indian Silk Export Promotion Council (ISEPC)

Silk & Silk Goods

Jute Manufacturers Development Council (JMDC)

Jute Goods

Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA)

Marine Goods

Project Exports Promotion Council of India (PEPC)

Civil & Engineering Projects

Plastics Export Promotion Council (PLEXCONCIL)

Plastic & Plastic Goods

Powerloom Development & Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL)

Powerloom Fabrics & Made-ups

Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (PHARMEXCIL)

Pharma Products

Rubber Board

Rubber & Rubber Goods

Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC)


Shellac Export Promotion Council

Veg Saps & Extracts

Spices Board

Spices & Condiments

Sports Goods Export Promotion Council (SGEPC)

Sports Goods

Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC)

Synthetic Fabric & Madeups

Tea Board


Tobacco Board

Tobacco and tobacco goods

Wool & Woolen Exports Promotion Council (WWEPC)

Wool & Woollens

 Important to remember:

  • Exporter will have to intimate the respective RCMC registering authority of any changes made in name, address, ownership or constitution within a month of such change.
  • Exporter will be required to furnish quarterly returns providing the details of your exports to your registering authority.

In case of violation of the terms and conditions of registration, the registering authority can deregister RCMC for a particular period.


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