The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act passed by the Parliament in December 1985.
APEDA or Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority is a government organization, established in 1985 through an act for the development and promotion of export for the scheduled products. The scheduled products are the one that are mentioned under the APEDA act and the exporters of these products are required to be registered under APEDA. This organization is liable to provide financial assistance, information and guidelines for the development of scheduled products.
APEDA registration is necessary as it is responsible for export promotion and development of scheduled products such as Vegetables, Fruits, Poultry products, Meat, dairy products, biscuits, confectionery, bakery products, jaggery, honey, and sugar products, chocolates, cocoa products, floriculture products, pickles, papads, and chutneys, etc.
Objectives of APEDA Authorities
In accordance with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act, 1985, (2 of 1986) the following functions have been assigned to the Authority.
- Development of industries relating to the scheduled products for export by way of providing financial assistance or otherwise for undertaking surveys and feasibility studies, participation in enquiry capital through joint ventures and other reliefs and subsidy schemes;
- Registration of persons as exporters of the scheduled products on payment of such fees as may be prescribed;
- Fixing of standards and specifications for the scheduled products for the purpose of exports;
- Carrying out inspection of meat and meat products in slaughter houses, processing plants, storage premises, conveyances or other places where such products are kept or handled for the purpose of ensuring the quality of such products;
- Improving of packaging of the Scheduled products;
- Improving of marketing of the Scheduled products outside India;
- Promotion of export oriented production and development of the Scheduled products;
- Collection of statistics from the owners of factories or establishments engaged in the production, processing, packaging, marketing or export of the scheduled products or from such other persons as may be prescribed on any matter relating to the scheduled products and publication of the statistics so collected or of any portions thereof or extracts there from;
- Training in various aspects of the industries connected with the scheduled products;
- Such other matters as may be prescribed.
Products Included(APEDA is mandated with the responsibility of export promotion and development of the following scheduled products:)
- Fruits, Vegetables and their Products.
- Meat and Meat Products.
- Poultry and Poultry Products.
- Dairy Products.
- Confectionery, Biscuits and Bakery Products.
- Honey, Jaggery and Sugar Products.
- Cocoa and its products, chocolates of all kinds.
- Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages.
- Cereal and Cereal Products.
- Groundnuts, Peanuts and Walnuts.
- Pickles, Papads and Chutneys.
- Guar Gum.
- Floriculture and Floriculture Products.
- Herbal and Medicinal Plants.
Basmati Rice has been included in the Second Schedule of APEDA Act.
In addition to this, APEDA has been entrusted with the responsibility of monitoring the import of sugar as well.
APEDA also functions as the Secretariat to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) for implementation of accreditation of the Certification Bodies under National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) for organic exports. “Organic Products” for export are to be certified only if Produced, Processed and Packed as per the standards laid down in the document – “National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP).”
APEDA has marked its presence in almost all agro potential states of India and has been providing services to agri-export community through its head office, 12 Regional offices.
- Hyderabad and
- UT of Jammu & Kashmir
Documents required for the registration procedure
- An application form duly signed
- Import-Export code issued by D.G.F.T
- Duly signed Bank certificate
- Latest two months Bank account statement
- Canceled cheque
Benefits of APEDA
- If you wish to export the scheduled products, APEDA registration is necessary.
- In addition to this, the exporters will get various financial assistance through the schemes formulated by APEDA.
- It provides other services such as advertisement, packaging development, database up-gradation, surveys, etc. and hence it helps the exporters in brand publicity.
- APEDA provides guidelines to exporters about the different products and countries to consider exporting in the future.
- There are multiple training programs organized by the APEDA for various schedules products. It would, therefore, help improve their business.
- Registered members can participate in training programs organized by APEDA for various scheduled products and thereby improve their business.
|Floriculture and seeds||Dept. of Horticulture/DIC/SIA/FSSAI|
|Fruits & Vegetables||Dept. Of Agriculture/Horticulture/DIC/SIA/FSSAI|
|Groundnut/Pulses/Guar gum||DIC/SIA/FSSAI/Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum issued by Ministry of MSME|
|Processed Fruits & Vegetables/ Processed Food Products/Meat products/Cereals preparation/ Misc. Preparation||FSSAI|
|Alcoholic Beverages||Dept. of Excise Commissioner Cereals DIC / SIA / FSSAI / Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum|
|Cereals||DIC/ SIA/ FSSAI/ Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum issued by the Ministry of MSME|