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Commodity Boards
Marine Products Export Development Authority
Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority
Export Inspection Council
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
Indian Institute of Packaging
Public Sector Undertakings
Export Promotion Councils
Other Organisations

Commodity Boards:

There are five statutory Commodity Boards under the Department of Commerce. These Boards are responsible for production, development and export of tea, coffee, rubber, spices and tobacco.

(i) Coffee Board

The Coffee Board was set up under Section (4) of the Coffee Act, 1942. The Board is headed by a Chairman and functions from Bangalore.  The Board administers four Regional Coffee Research Stations, a Coffee Research Institute, a number of Regional Field Stations and Coffee Demonstrations Farms.  The primary functions of the Board include formulating and implementing programmes and projects for growth and development of the coffee industry; promoting coffee consumption in India and exports in the international market; supporting research; extension and developmental activities for raising productivity; evolving pest and disease resistant varieties; and prescribing and enforcing quality standards at all stages.

(ii) Rubber Board

The Rubber Board was set up under Section (4) of the Rubber Act, 1947.  The Board is headed by a Chairman with head quarters at Kottayam.  It has five Zonal Offices, thirty nine Regional Offices, a number of Field Stations, Rubber Development Centers and Regional Nurseries. The Board is responsible for the development of the rubber industry by way of assisting and encouraging scientific, technical and economic research; supplying technical advice to rubber growers; training growers in improved methods of planting, cultivation and manuring and collecting statistics from the owners of estates, dealers, manufacturers.

(iii) Tea Board

The Tea Board was constituted as a Statutory Body on 1st April, 1954 under Section (4) of the Tea Act, 1953.  The Board is headed by a Chairman with head office at Kolkata.  As an apex body for the tea industry in India, the Board has two Zonal Offices at Guwahati and Coonoor and 13 Regional Offices spread over different parts of India, one Research Centre at Kurseong (Darjeeling) and three foreign offices in London, Moscow and Dubai. The primary functions of the Board include rendering financial and technical assistance for cultivation, manufacture, marketing of tea; promoting tea exports; aiding research and developmental activities for augmentation of tea production and improvement of tea quality; encouraging and assisting the unorganized small growers sector financially and technically and collecting & maintaining statistical data and its publication for the benefit of growers, processors and exporters.

(iv) Tobacco Board

The Tobacco Board was constituted as a Statutory Body on 1st January, 1976 under Section (4) of the Tobacco Act, 1975.  The Board is headed by a Chairman with headquarters at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, and is responsible for the development of the tobacco industry.  The Board also has a Directorate of Auctions at Bangalore and 18 Auction platforms across the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.  The primary functions of the Board include regulating the production and curing of Virginia Tobacco; keeping a constant watch on the Virginia Tobacco market in India and abroad; ensuring fair and remunerative prices to growers; maintaining and improving existing markets and developing new markets abroad by devising appropriate marketing strategies.  The Board is entrusted with the task of recommending to the Central Government the minimum prices that may be fixed; regulating tobacco marketing in India with due regard to the interest of growers, manufacturers and dealers; propagating information useful to growers, traders and manufacturers and purchasing Virginia Tobacco from the growers when the same is considered necessary for protecting the interests of growers.  During the year 2009-10, a “Tobacco Board’s Growers’ Welfare Fund”, has been created to implement the “Tobacco Board’s Growers’ Welfare Schemes”, with one time contribution of Rs.17.536 crores by the Tobacco Board.  This will be subject to the contribution from growers and the Tobacco Board in the ratio of 1:2.  A rehabilitation package to Flue Cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco farmers who wish to shift out of tobacco cultivation is also being contemplated.

(v) Spices Board

The Spices Board was constituted as a Statutory Body on 26th February, 1987 under Section (3) of the Spices Board Act, 1986. The Board is headed by a Chairman with its head office at Kochi and is responsible for the development of cardamom industry and promoting the export of all the 52 Spices listed in the Spices Board Act, 1986. The primary functions of the Board include increasing the production and productivity of small and large cardamom; development, promotion and regulation of export of spices; granting certificate for export of spices; undertaking programmes and projects for promotion of export of spices (like setting up of spices parks, support of infrastructure improvement in spices processing etc.); assisting and encouraging studies and research for improvement of processing, grading and packaging of spices; striving towards stabilization of prices of spices for export and controlling and upgrading quality for export (including setting up of regional quality evaluation labs and training centers). In regard to cardamom, the Board also provides financial and other assistance for cultivation and processing of cardamom; monitoring prices; increasing domestic consumption; improving marketing; registering and licensing brokers (including auctioneers), e-auction system; undertaking, assisting or encouraging scientific, technological and economic research and improving quality. The Board also implements programmes for development of spices in NE region and organic spices in the country; it also supports programmes aimed at better post harvest practices.

Marine Products Export Development Authority, Cochin :

The Marine Products Export Development Authority was set up as a Statutory Body in 1972 under an Act of Parliament (No.13 of 1972).  The Authority, with its headquarters at Kochi and field offices in all the Maritime States of India, is headed by a Chairman/Chairperson.  The Authority is responsible for development of the marine industry with special focus on marine exports.  Besides, it has Trade Promotion Offices at Tokyo (Japan) and New York (USA).

Address : MPEDA House, Panampilly Avenue, COCHIN-682036.
Telephone : (91)484-311971
Fax : (91)484-313361.
Web Site :  http://www.mpeda.com

Agricultural and processed Food Products Export Development Authority, New Delhi :

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was established in 1986 as a Statutory Body under an Act of Parliament. The Authority, with its headquarters at New Delhi, is headed by a Chairman. The Authority has five Regional Offices at Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bangalore & Mumbai and is entrusted with the task of promoting agricultural exports, including the export of processed foods in value added form. APEDA has also been entrusted with monitoring of export of 14 agricultural and processed food product groups listed in the Schedule to the APEDA Act. APEDA has been actively engaged in the development of markets besides upgradation of infrastructure and quality to promote the export of agro products.  In its endeavour to promote agro products, APEDA provides financial assistance to the registered exporters under its Schemes for Market Development, Infrastructure Development, Quality Development, Research and Development and Transport Assistance. During the year 2009-10, APEDA has been empowered by an Act of Parliament to enforce the Intellectual Property Right (IPR) of Geographical Indications (GI) for Basmati Rice.

Address : 3rd Floor, NCUI Building, 3 Siri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg, Hauz Khas, NEW DELHI-110016.
Telephone : (91)11- 26513204, 26514572, 26513219
Fax : (91)11- 26534870
Email : headq@apeda.com
Web Site : http://www.apeda.com

Export Inspection Council, New Delhi:

The Export Inspection Council was set up as a Statutory Body on 1st January, 1964 under Section 3 of the Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963 to ensure sound development of export trade of India through quality control and inspection and for matters connected therewith. The Council is an advisory body to the Central Government, with its office located at New Delhi and is headed by a Chairman. The Executive Head of the EIC is the Director of Inspection & Quality Control who is responsible for the enforcement of quality control and compulsory pre-shipment inspection of various commodities meant for export and notified by the Government under the Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963. The Council is assisted in its functions by the Export Inspection Agencies (EIAs), which are field organizations located at Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata and Mumbai and have state-of-art and accredited laboratories with the required logistic support for quality certification activities. These Agencies have a network of thirty six sub-offices and laboratories located at different ports or major industrial centres to back up the pre-shipment inspection and certification activities.

Address : 3rd Floor, NDYMCA Cultural Centre Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, NEW DELHI-110001
Telephone : (91)11-23748188, (91)11-23748189, (91)11-23365540
Fax : (91)11-23748024
Email : eic@eicindia.org
Website : http://www.eicindia.org

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi :

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade was registered in May, 1963 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.  The Institute, with its head office at New Delhi and one regional branch at Kolkata, is headed by a Director.  The Institute has been conferred “Deemed University” status and is engaged in the following activities:-

  • Conducting academic courses leading to issue of degrees in International Business & Export Management;

  • Training of personnel in international trade;

  • Organizing research on issues in foreign trade, marketing research, area surveys, commodity surveys, market surveys; and

  • Dissemination of information arising from its activities relating to research and market studies.

Address : IIFT Bhawan, B-21 Kutub Institutional Area, Mehrauli Road, 
NEW DELHI-110016
Telephone : (91)11-6853055, (91)11-6853956.
Fax : (91)11-6853956.
Website : http://www.iift.edu

Indian Institute of Packaging, Mumbai :

The Indian Institute of Packaging was registered in May, 1966 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.  The Institute, with its office located at Mumbai and branch offices at Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad, is headed by a Director.  The main function of the Institute is to undertake research on raw materials for the packaging industry, organize training programmes on packaging technology, consultancy services on packaging problems and stimulate consciousness of the need for good packaging.

Address : E-2, MIDC Area, Post Box No. 9432, Andheri (East), MUMBAI-400096
Telephone : (91)22-8219803, (91)22-8216751.
Fax : (91)22-8375302.
Website : http://www.iip-in.com

Public Sector Undertakings :

State Trading Corporation of India Limited (STC)

STC was set up on 18th May, 1956, primarily with a view to undertake trade with East European Countries and to supplement the efforts of private trade and industry in developing exports from the country. STC has played an important role in country’s economy by arranging imports of essential items of mass consumption (such as wheat, pulses, sugar, etc.) into India and developing exports of a large number of items from India.  The core strength of STC lies in handling exports/ imports of bulk agro commodities.  During past 4-5 years, STC has diversified into exports of steel raw materials, gold jewellery and imports of bullion, hydrocarbons, minerals, metals, fertilizers, petro-chemicals, etc.  Achieving record breaking performances year-after-year, STC is today able to structure and execute trade deals of any magnitude, as per the specific requirement of its customers.

Address : Jawahar Vaypar Bhawan Tolstoy Marg, NEW DELHI-110001.
Telephone : (91)11-23313177, (91)11-23701100
Fax : (91)11-23701123, 23701191
e-mail : co.stc@nic.in
Web Site : http://www.stc.gov.in

STCL Ltd. is a subsidiary of STC. It was initially established in 1982 as Cardamom Trading Corporation Ltd., a Government of India undertaking under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.  The company developed from a solely cardamom trading corporation to become Spices Trading Corporation Ltd., in 1987.  With globalization and opening of trade world over, Spices Trading Corporation Ltd. was renamed as STCL Ltd.  STCL became a wholly owned subsidiary of the State Trading Corporation of India Ltd. in 1999.  STCL is involved in import, export and domestic trading of a varied range of products, both agricultural as well as non-agricultural.  STCL, headed by a Chairman, is headquartered in Bangalore.

Address : 166/2, 13th Main Road, Vasanthnagar, BANGALORE-560052
Telephone : (91)80-22286925,22286926,22260409,22381376
Fax : (91)80-22285086.
e-mail : stcl@bgl.vsnl.net.in
Website : http://www.stcl.india.com

MMTC Limited

The MMTC Limited (Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation) was created in 1963 as an individual entity on separation from State Trading Corporation of India Ltd. primarily to deal in exports of minerals and ores and imports of non-ferrous metals.  In 1970, MMTC took over imports of fertilizer raw materials and finished fertilizers.  Over the years import and exports of various other items like steel, diamonds, bullion, etc. were progressively added to the portfolio of the company.  Keeping pace with the national economic development, MMTC over the years has grown to become the largest trading organization in India.

Address : Core 1, Scope Complex, 7, Institutional Area,  Lodhi Road,, NEW DELHI-110003.
Telephone : (91)11- 4362200,
Fax : (91)11-4362224.
Website : http://www.mmtclimited.org

PEC Limited

The PEC Ltd (Project and Equipment Corporation of India) was carved out of the STC in 1971-72 to take over the canalized business of STC’s railway equipment division, to diversify into turn-key projects especially outside India and to aid & assist in promotion of exports of Indian engineering equipment. With effect from 23rd May, 1990, PEC became a subsidiary of the then newly formed Holding Company, Bharat Business International Ltd. Thereafter, from 27th March, 1991, PEC became an independent company directly owned by Government of India.  The main functions of PEC Ltd. includes export of projects, engineering equipment and manufactured goods, defence equipment & stores; import of industrial raw materials, bullion and agro commodities; consolidation of existing lines of business and simultaneously developing new products and new markets; diversification in export of non-engineering items eg. Coal & coke, iron ore, edible oils, steel scraps, etc.; and structuring counter trade/ special trading arrangements for further exports.

Address : 'Hansalaya',  15, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi - 110001
Telephone : (91) 11-3316372, 3314426
Fax : (91)-11-3314797, 3313804
Website : http://www.peclimited.com

Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Limited (ECGC)

The Corporation was established in 1957 as the Export Risk Insurance Corporation of India Ltd.  Keeping in view the wider role played by the Corporation, the name was changed to Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd. (ECGC).  The ECGC is the premier organization in the country, which offers credit risk insurance cover to exporters, banks, etc.  The primary objective of the Corporation is to promote the country’s exports by covering the risk of export on credit.  It provides (a) a range of insurance covers to Indian exporters against the risk of non-realization of export proceeds due to commercial or political causes and (b) different types of guarantees to banks and other financial institutions to enable them to extend credit facilities to exporters on liberal basis.

Address : Express Tower, 10thFloor, P.B.No. 373,Nariman Point ,MUMBAI-400021.
Telephone : (91)22-2022587, (91)22-2024852.
Fax : (91)22-2045253, (91)22-2023267.
Website : http://www.ecgcindia.com

India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO)

India Trade Promotion Organization has been formed by merging erstwhile Trade Development Authority (TDA) with Trade Fair Authority of India (TFAI) with effect from 1st January, 1992.  India Trade Promotion Organization is the premier trade promotion agency of India and provides a broad spectrum of services to trade and industry so as to promote India’s exports.  These services include organization of trade fairs and exhibitions in India and abroad, Buyer-Seller Meets, Contact Promotion Programmes apart from information dissemination on products and markets.

Address : Pragati Bhawan, Pragati Maidan, NEW DELHI-110001.
Telephone : (91)11- 23371491
Fax : (91)11-23371492, 23371493
Web site : http://www.indiatradefair.com

Export Promotion Councils (EPCs)

Presently, there are fourteen Export Promotion Councils under the administrative control of the Department of Commerce.  Names and addresses of these Councils are given in Annexure 1.2.  These Councils are registered as non-profit organizations under the Companies Act/ Societies Registration Act.  The Councils perform both advisory and executive functions.  The role and functions of these Councils are guided by the Foreign Trade Policy, 2009-14.  These Councils are also the registering authorities for exporters under the Foreign Trade Policy 2009-14.


Other Organisations

Federation of Indian Export Organisations :

The Federation of Indian Export Organizations set up in 1965, is an Apex body registered under the Societies Registrations Act XXI of 1860, of various export promotion organizations and institutions with its major regional offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.  The main objective of FIEO is to render an integrated package of services to various organizations connected with export promotion. It provides the content, direction and thrust to India’s global export effort.  It also functions as a primary servicing agency to provide integrated assistance to its members comprising professional exporting firms holding recognition status granted by the Government, consultancy firms and service providers. The Federation organizes seminars and arranges participation in various exhibitions in India and abroad.  It also brings out ‘FIEO News’, for creating awareness amongst its member exporters and importers.

Address : Niryat Bhawan, Rao Tula Ram Marg, Opp. Army Hospital Research & Referral,
NEW DELHI-110 016
Telephone : (91)11-26150101-04; 46042222
Fax : (91)11-26148194
E-Mail : fieo@nda.vsnl.net.in
Web Site : http://www.fieo.org

Indian Diamond Institute, Surat :

With the objective of enhancing the quality, design and global competitiveness of the Indian Jewellery, the Indian Diamond Institute was established as a Society in 1978 with its office located at Surat. The Institute is sponsored by the Department of Commerce and patronized by the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). The Institute conducts various diploma and other courses related to diamond trade and industry. The three year diploma course on Diamond, Gem & Jewellery Design & Manufacture conducted by IDI has been accredited by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The Institute also has certification services for diamonds, coloured stones and gold jewellery. IDI has a Gem Testing Lab (GTL), which is recognized by Government of India as an approved Diamond Grading / Certification Institution for cut and polished diamonds up to weight of 0.25 carat. The Institute has been recognized world over as a Diamond Certification and Grading Laboratory. The Laboratory services provided by IDI are ISO 9001:2000 quality compliant. The Institute also has Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Centre of Jewellery Design and Manufacture (SVJDM) which offers advanced courses in Jewellery Design and Manufacture.

Address : Katargam, GIDC, Post Box No. 508, Sumul Dairy Road, SURAT-395008. Gujrat.
Telephone : (91)261-480809
Fax : (91)261-481110.
E-mail : idisurat@vsnl.com
Web Site : http://www.diamondinstitute.net

Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI)

Footwear Design and Development Institute was established in the year 1986 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 with an objective to train the professional manpower for footwear industry. The Institute is an ISO:9001 and ISO:14001 certified Institute, which conducts wide range of long term and short term programmes in the area of Retail Management, Fashion, Footwear Merchandising, Marketing, Creative Design & CAD/CAM and Leather Goods & Accessories Design, etc. The Institute, having Pan-India presence with seven well designed campuses at Noida, Fusatganj, Chennai, Kolkata, Rohtak, and Chhindwara & Jodhpur is providing trained human resource to the industry besides the upcoming campus at Guna. Crossing the national boundaries, the Institute is providing consultancy and training to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries besides African countries in the area of footwear design, technology and management.


                A - 10 / A, Sector – 24, NOIDA - 201301
                Gautam Budh Nagar,
                Uttar Pradesh, INDIA.
                Tel: +91-120-4500100
                Fax: +91(120) 2412556, 2411301
                Email: contact@fddiindia.com

                Website: http://www.fddiindia.com

National Centre for Trade Information.

National Centre for Trade Information was set up in 1995 with a view to create an institutional mechanism for collection and dissemination of trade data and improving information services to the business community, especially small and medium enterprises. NCTI is a Government of India recognized Trade Point in India under the Trade Efficiency Programme of United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD). NCTI is the Operational Trade Point in India and is also the recognized Focal Point of Trade Analysis and Information System (TRAINS) of UNCTAD Trade Point Development Centre (UNTPDC). NCTI is promoted by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) and National Informatics Centre (NIC).

Address : NCTI Complex, Pragati Maidan, NEW DELHI-110001.
Telephone : (91)11-3371950/51/53/80/81
Fax : (91)11-3371979
E-Mail : ncti@x400.nicgw.nic.in
Web Site: http://www.ncti-india.com

Price Stabilization Fund Trust

The Price Stabilization Fund (PSF) Scheme was launched by Government of India in April 2003 against the backdrop of decline in international and domestic prices of tea, coffee, rubber, and tobacco causing distress to primary growers. The growers of these commodities were particularly affected due to substantial reduction in unit value realization for these crops, at times falling below their cost of production. The objective of the Scheme is to safeguard the interests of the growers of these commodities and provide financial relief when prices fall below a specified level without resorting to the practice of procurement operations by the Government agencies. The Scheme is being operationalized through the Price Stabilization Fund Trust. As on 31 October 2009, the PSF Corpus Fund consists of Rs.435.19 crore, out of which Rs.432.88 crore has been contributed by Government of India and Rs.2.31 crore by growers by way of entry fee.

A Personal Accident Insurance Scheme is also under implementation by PSFT through National Insurance Corporation Ltd., which provides insurance cover to the growers in the sectors of tea, coffee, rubber, tobacco and spices (chillies, cardamom, ginger, turmeric and pepper) having plantations up to 4 hectares. The Scheme also covers all plantation workers working on these plantations regardless of the size of holdings. The insurance cover is up to Rs. 1.00 lakh per person. The premium of Rs.17/- is shared between the beneficiary and the PSF Trust in the ratio 50:50. The target coverage is 57.17 lakh growers and workers.

Address : R.No. 2003, 20th Floor, Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, 
Tolstoy Marg, Connaught Place,
NEW DELHI-110001.


GS1 India is a not-for-profit standards body promoted by the Ministry of Commerce (GOI) and Indian Industry to spread awareness and provide guidance on adoption of global standards in Supply Chain Management by Indian Industry for the benefit of consumers, Industry, Govt. etc. 

GS1 India is the only organisation in India authorised to issue company prefix numbers for use in barcodes, RFID tags etc. for unique, unambiguous and universal identification of products, cartons, containers etc. GS1 standards find wide application in Supply Chains across sectors for unique-yet-universal product, consignment and entity identification, EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), product data synchronisation etc. GS1 standards are the dc-facto global standards in identification of consumer products in Retail. GS1 India is an affiliate of GS1 Global Office, twin headquartered at Brussels (Belgium) and Lawrenceville, New Jersey (U.S.A.), which oversees operations of a network of over 100 GS1 organisations across the world. 

Head Office:

330, 2nd Floor, “C” Wing, August Kranti Bhawan,
Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi – 110066
+91-11-2616 8720 / 8721 / 8725 / 8259
+91-11-2616 8730




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