Department of Commerce
Autonomous Bodies



There are at present eleven Export Promotion Councils under the administrative control of the Department of Commerce and nine export promotion councils related to textile sector under the administrative control of Ministry of Textiles. These Councils are registered as non -profit organisations under the Companies Act/Societies Registration Act. The Export Promotion Councils perform both advisory and executive functions. These Councils are also the registering authorities under the Export Import Policy, 1997-2002.These Councils have been assigned the role and functions under the said Policy.

The Committee constituted to look into the aspects of rationalization of election procedure of the Export Promotion Councils(EPCs) and the criteria to be adopted for their restructuring so that they retain their relevance to the national export effort in the context of globlisation and economic liberalization, has made recommendations to streamline and strengthening the functioning of the EPCs. The Government has since accepted the recommendations of the Committee and issued Model Bye-Laws and guidelines to all EPCs for adoption.



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. 



Export Inspection Council, New Delhi:

The EIC, an autonomous body, is responsible for the enforcement of quality standards and compulsory pre-shipment inspection of the various commodities meant for export and notified under the Export (Quality Control & Inspection) Act, 1963. It was set up under Section (3) of the Export (Inspection and Quality Control) Act, 1963. It is headed by a Director. EIC is assisted in its functions by the Export Inspection Agencies(EIAs) located at Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata and Mumbai alongwith a network of 42 sub-offices and laboratories 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
Web site :



Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi :

The IIFT, registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 as Society, is headed by the Director General. The Institute became functional on 1st April, 1964. It is engaged in the following activities:

l Training of personnel in modern techniques of international trade;

l Conducting Market research in problems of foreign trade;

l Organisation of marketing research, area surveys, commodity surveys, market surveys; and

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

The IIFT has been accorded the "Deemed To Be University" status by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the University Grants Commission(UGC) with effect from 20th May, 2002.

Address : B-21 Kutub Institutional Area, Maharauli Road, NEW DELHI-110016 
Telephone : (91)11-6853055, (91)11-6853956. 
Fax : (91)11-6853956. Web site :



Indian Institute of Packaging, Mumbai :

The IIP is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860. It was established in the year 1966 jointly by the Ministry of Commerce (now Department of Commerce) and the Packing and Allied Industries of the country. The Institute is headed by a Director. It is located at Mumbai. The main aim of the Institute is to undertake research in raw materials for the packaging industry, to organise training programmes on packaging technology and to stimulate the need for good packaging etc. 


Address : B-2, MIDC Area, Post Box No. 9432, Andheri (East), MUMBAI-400096 
Telephone : (91)22-8219803, (91)22-8216751. 
Fax : (91)22-8375302. 
Web Site :


Marine Products Export Development Authority, Cochin :

The MPEDA was set up under Section (4) of MPEDA Act, 1972 and became functional from 20th April, 1972. It is a statutory body functioning under the Department of Commerce. The MPEDA, a statutory body, is responsible for development of the marine products industry with special reference to exports. It is headed by a Chairman. It has its headquarters at Kochi and has a number of Regional and Sub- Regional Offices. Besides, it has Trade Promotion Offices at Tokyo and New York.

Address : MPEDA House, Panampilly Avenue, COCHIN-682016. 
Telephone : (91)484-311971 
Fax : (91)484-313361. 
Web Site :



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

The APEDA was set up by an Act of Parliament of 1986 and came into being on 13th February 1986. The APEDA is also a statutory body which is entrusted with the tasks of agricultural exports, including the export of processed foods in value added form. It is headed by a Chairman. The Headquarter is located at New Delhi and it has a number of Regional Offices

Address : 3rd Floor, NCUI Building, 3 Siri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg, Hauz Khas,
                  NEW DELHI-110016

Telephone : (91)11- 26513204, 26514572, 26513219
: (91)11- 26534870
Web Site :





Federation of Indian Export Organisations :

The FIEO, New Delhi is an apex body of various export promotion organisations and institutions. It was set up in 1965 and it registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It also functions as a primary servicing agency to provide integrated assistance to Government recognised Export Houses / Trading Houses and acts as a Central Co-ordinating Agency in respect of export promotional efforts in the field of 

consultancy services in the country. FIEO organises seminars and sends Trade Delegations to overseas markets for export promotion. The Federation brings out `FIEO News', a monthly  publication for the use of 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      :
Web Site   :



Indian Council of Arbitration, New Delhi :

The ICA set up under the Societies Registration Act, promotes arbitration as a means of settling commercial disputes and popularises the concept of arbitration among the traders, particularly those engaged in international trade. The Council, a non-profit service organisation, is a grantee institution of the Department of Commerce and is eligible for assistance under the Market Development Assistance (MDA) Scheme of the Department. The main objectives of the Council are to promote the knowledge and use of arbitration and provide arbitration facilities for amicable and quick settlement of commercial disputes with a view to maintaining the smooth flow of trade, particularly, export trade on a sustained and enduring basis.

Address : Federation House, Tansen Marg, NEW DELHI-110001. 
Telephone : (91)11-3319251, (91)11-3719103. 
Fax : (91)11-3320714 (91)11-3721501. 



Indian Diamond Institute, Surat :

The IDI is registered under the Societies Registration Act. It was established in 1978 with the objective of strengthening and improving the availability of trained manpower for the gems & jewellery industry by conducting various Diploma/Post Graduate Diploma level courses in this field.

Address : Katargam, GIDC, Post Box No. 508, Sumul Dairy Road, SURAT-395008. Gujrat. 
Telephone : (91)261-480809 
Fax : (91)261-481110. 
Web Site :



National Centre for Trade Information.

National Centre for Trade Information(NCTI) is a joint venture of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and National Informatics Centre (NIC) under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce. It has been incorporated and registered as a company under Section 25 of Indian Companies Act, 1956. The company has a Board of Directors for administration of its affairs, which include representatives from National Informatics Centre, India Trade Promotion Organisation, Apex chamber of Commerce/ Industry/ Trade, Export Promotion Councils and Commodity Boards etc. .NCTI is setup to synergise the efforts of different organisations engaged in collection, processing and dissemination of trade and investment information . 

Address : NCTI Complex, Pragati Maiden, NEW DELHI-110001. 
Telephone : (91)11-3371950/51/53/80/81 
Fax : (91)11-3371979 
E-Mail :
Web Site:



National Numbering Organisation (EAN-India).

EAN - India is a society registered under the Societies Registration Act with objectives of promoting Article Numbering, Bar Coding and EDI in Indian trade and industries. It is managed by a board of management comprising of representatives of the Ministry of Commerce, APEDA, ASSOCHEM, BIS, CII, FICCI, FIEO, Spices Board, Indian Merchant Chamber, Mumbai and Indian Institute of Packaging, Mumbai. It is a member of EAN International based at Brussels. 

Address : 7-C, Vandana Building, Tolstoy Marg, NEW DELHI . 
Telephone : (91)11-3719638, 3713112 
Fax : (91)11-3719626 
Web site :




The following trading/service public sector undertakings are functioning under the administrative control of the Deaprtment of Commerce. 


Address : Jawahar Vaypar Bhawan Tolstoy Marg, NEW DELHI-110001.
Telephone : (91)11-23313177, (91)11-23701100
Fax : (91)11-23701123, 23701191
Web Site :

  • STCL Limited (Formerly Spices Trading Corporation of India Limited).

    Address : 166/2, 13th Main Road, Vasanthnagar, BANGALORE-560052
    Telephone : (91)80-22286925,22286926,22260409,22381376
    Fax : (91)80-22285086.



Address : Core 1, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road,, NEW DELHI-110003.
Telephone : (91)11- 4362200, 
Fax : (91)11-4362224. 
Web site :




Address : 15  'Hansalaya', Barakhamba Road, New Delhi - 110001
Telephone : (91) 11-3316372, 3314426
Fax :(91)-11-3314797, 3313804

Web site :



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 :



  • India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO)

Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), New Delhi, is the premier trade promotion agency of India and provides a broad spectrum of services to trade and industry so as to promote export. With Headquarters at Pragati Maidan, a modern exhibition complex spread over 150 acres in New Delhi and regional offices at Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai, ITPO ensures a representative participation of trade and industry from different regions of the country at its events in India and abroad.

Address : Pragati Bhawan, Pragati Maidan, NEW DELHI-110022. 
Telephone : (91)11- 332819 
Fax : (91)11-3318142 
Web site :