The Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, or commonly known APEDA, was established in 1985 as per the prescriptions mentioned in the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act of 1985 aimed for the development and the promotion of export of scheduled products. It has been formed to offer financial assistance, guidelines and information concerning the development of scheduled products. These scheduled products have been listed in the aforementioned Act, and the exporters of such products are required to register themselves under the APEDA. In this article, we take a look at APEDA Registration and the essentials surrounding the same.
The following is te objective of the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority/ APEDA.
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority/ APEDA aims to promote the export of scheduled products as per the APEDA Act and the Central Government.
In order to achieve this, various functions are undertaken under the regulations of the Central Government. The rules and regulations, along with its implementation, is taken care of by the Central Government through the APEDA for efficient administration.
The APEDA is vested with the following responsibilities.
- Registration of individuals as exporters of scheduled products on the payment of the prescribed fee.
- Development of Scheduled-Products Industries with respect to exports by offering financial assistance along with assistance in conducting surveys and feasibility studies, participation in enquiry capital through joint ventures, other reliefs, and subsidy schemes.
- For the purpose of exports, calibrating the standards and specifications for scheduled products.
- Conducting inspections on meat and meat products in places such as slaughterhouses, processing plants, storage premises, conveyances, including other places where such products are kept/ handled for the purpose of ensuring the standard and quality of the said products.
- Enhancing the marketing scene of scheduled products around the world.
- Enhancing the packaging of scheduled products.
- Promotion of the production and the development of scheduled products in terms of export.
- Training in multiple aspects of the sector that is inter-connected with scheduled products.
- Collection of statistics of production, processing, packaging, marketing and the export of scheduled products. This data would be collected from owners of factories or establishments, or any individual as prescribed on any subject with respect to scheduled products. They could also be obtained from publications and extract as well
Products monitored by APEDA
The APEDA is vested with the responsibility for the promotion and development of export of the following products that come under the scheduled products category as per the APEDA Act.
- Meat and meat products
- Fruits, vegetables and their products
- Poultry and poultry products
- Dairy products
- Honey, jaggery and sugar products
- Confectionery, biscuits and bakery products
- Cocoa and its products, including chocolates of every kind.
- Groundnuts, peanuts and walnuts
- Cereal and cereal products
- Pickles, papads and chutneys
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Guar gum
- Herbal and medicinal plants
- Floriculture and floriculture products
Along with these products, one of the primary responsibility of the APEDA is to monitor the import of sugar.
Advantages of Registration
APEDA Registration is mandatory when it comes to the export of scheduled products. The following are the advantages of APEDA Registration.
- Exporters may avail various financial assistance schemes under the APEDA.
APEDA provides rules, regulations and guidelines to exporters on various products as per the concerned country for export.
- The registration enhances the brand and helps exporters in terms of brand publicity through advertisements, packaging development, database upgradation and surveys, and so on.
- APEDA-registered members have the opportunity to participate in training programmes organized and held by APEDA for multiple scheduled products and thereby, bringing constant and significant improvements in their business.
The following documents are required for APEDA Registration.
- Application Form for the APEDA Registration that is completed and duly signed.
- Copy of the Import-Export Code issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade.
- Bank Certificate that is duly signed by the concerned authorities.
- Account statement for the last 3 months of the firm’s bank account.
- Cancelled Cheque