Roles of other Government Agencies Involved in Export Import business

Customs is one of the key players in Export-Import Business. But apart from Indian Customs (Government Agency), Other governments are also Involved in Exim Business.

List Other Govt Agencies Involved in EXIM business.










Ministry: Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying &Fisheries

The purpose and scope of setting up of QUARANTINE Stations are to prevent the ingress of dangerous exotic diseases into the country through imported livestock and livestock products.


•Implementation of the provisions of the Livestock Importation Act and Central Government orders in force on importation and exportation of livestock and livestock products.

•Detention, segregation, observation, and testing of livestock and livestock products meant for import/export.

•Destruction and disposal of imported livestock and livestock products found an infected and posing threat to national health security.

•Pre-shipment Quality control to facilitate export.

•To have proper liaison with customs authorities for effective and proper implementation of Livestock and Livestock Product Importation Act.

•To supervise the production of livestock products meant for export as per the specifications of the importing countries.

•Inspection and registration of plants/mills exporting the animal-by-products.

Services: Import / Export

•a. Livestock – Advance NOC, Provisional Clearance, Final Clearance

•b. Livestock product – Quarantine Clearance Certificate (Health / Sanitary)

ADC-Assistance Drug Controller Certificate/Assistant Drug Controller

Ministry: Health & Family Welfare

Functions & Services

•It is NOC given by Drug controller / Inspector 

•ADC NOC is required for both import or export shipment in regards to the items medicines, cosmetics, bodybuilding supplements, and many more.

•RSL % – Remaining self-life percentage (Above 65%) standard for both Import & Export.

Required docs : ADC sheet,Form 10 – Licenses , Write-ups,COA,MSDS,Catalogue,Brochures.

CDSCO-Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation(CDSCO)

Ministry: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) is the Central Drug Authority for discharging functions assigned to the Central Government under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. CDSCO has six zonal offices, four sub-zonal offices, 13 port offices, and seven laboratories under its control.

Major functions of CDSCO:

Regulatory control over the import of drugs, approval of new drugs and clinical trials, meetings of Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC) and Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), approval of certain licenses as Central License Approving Authority is exercised by the CDSCO headquarters.

Services: Licensing, Forms 

DGFT – Directorate General of Foreign Trade

Ministry: Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Right from its inception till 1991, when liberalization in the economic policies of the Government took place, this organization has been essentially involved in the regulation and promotion of foreign trade through regulation. Keeping in line with liberalization and globalization and the overall objective of increasing exports, DGFT has since been assigned the role of “facilitator”. The shift was from prohibition and control of imports/exports to promotion and facilitation of exports/imports, keeping in view the interests of the country

• To start exports, the first step is to obtain IEC from the regional offices of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade 

•There are 35 regional offices of the DGFT across the country 

•DGFT Officers are your mentors and guides for exporters 

•From the DGFT Offices: 

Obtain your rights to take 

• Advance Authorizations (licenses) to get import duty waiver 

• Duty-Free Import Authorization 

Obtain Export Benefits 

•For specific products and markets or both 

•To import capital goods for technological up-gradation 

Services : MEIS,SEIS,IEC,FSC & CC,IEC,Export & Import Licenses

EPCs – Export Promotion Council

Ministry: Ministry of Commerce & Industry

The Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) are non-profit organizations sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce and are registered under the Companies Act or the Societies Registration Act. 

Your product-related EPC can assist you in promoting your products in international markets by facilitating participation in trade fairs, exhibitions abroad 

You can register for Registration-cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC) of the EPC concerned. 


EEPC – Engineering Export Promotion Council of India – New Delhi

SEPC – Services Export Promotion Council – New Delhi

TEXPROCIL – Cotton Textile Promotion Export Council – Mumbai 

FIEO – Federation of Indian Export Organizations – Chennai Anna salai

CHEMEXCIL – Chemicals Export Promotion Council – Mumbai

PHARMEXCIL – Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council -Hyderabad


 The Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Limited (ECGC) is a government-owned company to assist you in mitigating export risks. 

 ECGC helps Exporters by: 

• Offers insurance protection to exporters against payment risks 

• Makes it easy to obtain export finance from banks/financial institutions 

• Assists exporters in recovering bad debts 

•Provides information on credit-worthiness of overseas buyers 


Commercial Risks :

• Buyer goes bankrupt 

• Death 

•Default of payment for any reason other than product dispute. 

Political Risks 

•Government preventing the release of funds 


EIC/EIA- Export Inspection Council of India / Export Inspection Agency

In order to ensure the sound development of export trade of India through Quality Control and Inspection and for matters.

•Notify commodities which will be subject to quality control and/ or inspection prior to export,

•Establish standards of quality for such notified commodities, and

•Specify the type of quality control and/or inspection to be applied to such commodities.


Certificate of origin 

•Generalised System of Preferences

•Global System of Trade Preferences



•Saarc Preferential Trading Agreement 

•Indo Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement

•India Afghanistan Preferential Trading 

•India Thailand Free Trade Agreement

•Singapore CECA 

•India Chile Trade Agreement 

•India-Mercosur PTA

•India-Korea CEPA 

•India-Asean Agreement 

•India-Malaysia CECA

•India-Japan CEPA 

•Health Certificate 

•Authencity Certificate

•Phytosanitary Certificate

•Pre Shipment Inspection

•Laboratory Testing

•REX : The Registered Exporter system (the REX system) is the system of certification of origin of goods that applies in the Generalised System of Preference (GSP) of the European Union since 1 January 2017. It is based on a principle of self-certification by economic operators who will make out themselves so-called statements on the origin. To be entitled to make out a statement on origin, an economic operator will have to be registered in a database by his competent authorities. The economic operator will become a “registered exporter”.

FSSAI – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

Ministry – Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under Food Safety and Standards, 2006 which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food-related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been created for laying down science-based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale, and import to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

Functions : 

•Framing of Regulations to lay down the Standards and guidelines in relation to articles of food and specifying the appropriate system of enforcing various standards thus notified.

•Laying down mechanisms and guidelines for accreditation of certification bodies engaged in certification of food safety management system for food businesses.

•Laying down procedures and guidelines for accreditation of laboratories and notification of the accredited laboratories.

•Creating an information network across the country so that the public, consumers, Panchayats, etc receive rapid, reliable, and objective information about food safety and issues of concern.

•Provide training programs for persons who are involved or intend to get involved in food businesses.

•Contribute to the development of international technical standards for food, sanitary, and phytosanitary standards.

•Promote general awareness about food safety and food standards.

PQIS – Plant Quarantine Information system 

•To sustain crop production by preventing losses due to pest and diseases

•To protect our plant life from ravages of destructive pests by preventing their entry, establishment, and spread and thereby increasing agriculture productivity in order to improve the economy of our country.

•To facilitate export certification of plants and plant products for safe global trade in agricultural commodities and thereby fulfilling our legal obligations under the international agreements.

•To adopt safe quarantine practices to protect our environment.

These are the Other Government Agencies involved in Export Import Business

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