Role of Export Promotion Councils in India

November 1, 2017 | Author: Sarbeshwar Sahoo | Category: Cotton, Exports, Trade, Market (Economics), Foods
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Export Promotion Councils Of India- The Export Promotion Councils are non-profit organisations registered under the Ind...


Export Promotion Councils Of IndiaThe Export Promotion Councils are non-profit organisations registered under the Indian Companies Act or the Societies Registration Act, as the case may be. They are supported by financial assistance from the Government of India. Role The main role of the EPCs is to project India's image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality goods and services. In particular, the EPCs encourage and monitor the observance of international standards and specifications by exporters. The EPCs keep abreast of the trends and opportunities in international markets for goods and services and assist their members in taking advantage of such opportunities in order to expand and diversify exports. Functions The major functions of the EPCs are as follows: 1. To provide commercially useful information and assistance to their members in developing and increasing their exports 2. To offer professional advice to their members in areas such as technology upgradation, quality and design improvement, standards and specifications, product development and innovation etc. 3. To organise visits of delegations of its members abroad to explore overseas market opportunities. 4. To organise participation in trade fairs, exhibitions and buyer-seller meets in India and abroad. 5. To promote interaction between the exporting community and the Government both at the Central and State levels 6. To build a statistical base and provide data on the exports and imports of the country, exports and imports of their members, as well as other relevant international trade data.

Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Development AuthorityThe 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. The Act(2 of 1986) came into effect from 13th February, 1986 by a notification issued in the Gazette of India: Extraordinary: Part-II [Sec. 3(ii): 13.2.1986). The Authority replaced the Processed Food Export Promotion Council (PFEPC).

ASSIGNED FUNCTIONSIn accordance with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act1985, (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 therefrom; Training in various aspects of the industries connected with the scheduled products; Such other matters as may be prescribed.

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PRODUCTS MONITORED— 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.

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Guar Gum. Floriculture and Floriculture Products Herbal and Medicinal Plants APEDA has been entrusted with the responsibility to monitor import of sugar.

Apparel Export Promotion Council: Incorporated in1978, AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments. A quick look at how the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has been the moving force behind lot of achievements: A quick look at how the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has been the moving force behind lot of achievements: From one office in 1978, it has over 40 offices in just a span of 30 years. From just being a quota monitoring entity, AEPC is today a powerful body for the promotion and facilitation of garment manufacturing and their exports. For Indian exporters, AEPC is quite literally a one-stop shop for information, advise, technical guidance, workforce and market intelligence. Members have access to updated trade statistics1 potential markets1 information on international fairs and assistance in participating at these fairs. It also plays a large role in identifying new markets and leading trade delegations to various countries. In recent years AEPC has worked tirelessly in integrating the entire industry - starting at the grass root level of training the workforce and supplying a steady stream of man power to the industry; identifying the best countries to source machinery and other infrastructure and brokering several path breaking deals for its members and finally helping exporters to showcase their best at home fairs as well as be highly visible at international fairs the world over.Twice a year, AEPC showcases the best of India’s garment export capabilities through the prestigious India International Garment Fair, playing host to over 350 exhibitors displaying the exotic, the haute, the prêt, the contemporary and much much more With AEPC's expertise and all the advantages that India has, it makes for a truly win-win situation – Indian exporters grow stronger each year in their achievements, skills and proficiency, while international buyers get superior solutions for their garment imports. COUNCIL FOR LEATHER EXPORTS-The Council for Leather Exports (CLE) is the single largest and Apex trade promotion orgnisation of the strong and rapidly growing Indian leather & leather products industry. CLE is committed towards the overall development of Indian leather sector and achieve higher export growth to enhance India’s share in global leather trade. CLE is functioning under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India. It is the notified Export Promotion organization for entire leather & leather products industry.

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Core Objectives of CLE: Develop & strengthen the leather industry both industrial development as well as export growth. Undertake concerted and aggressive export promotion and market development activities to extend global reach of Indian leather & leather products. Assist importers anywhere in the world towards their sourcing needs of Indian leather & leather products. Provide necessary assistance/guidance to overseas entrepreneurs in establishing business collaborations and strategic alliances with Indian companies. Serve as a vital link between the Government and the leather industry, representing important policy measures, focusing on overall health and growth of the entire sector. Activities and Services of CLE--Disseminating market information, trends, policy matters and publishing information on commercial, technical and technological developments in the Indian leather industry Facilitating export-import trade through redressal of various procedural hurdles by representing to authorities concerned. Participating in major international leather trade fairs & specialized trade shows across the globe. Organizing Buyer-Seller Meets and Mega Leather Shows, B2B meetings in potential markets etc., Promoting, facilitating & attracting joint ventures, technical collaborations & strategic alliances, FDIs etc into the Indian leather sector. Inviting Resource persons / Experts to the trade Fairs, Seminars & Workshops held in India, for exchange of information, knowledge, ideas and strategies. Mooting Delegations to overseas countries with a view to identify the sources for raw materials for augmenting availability of leather for production in India. Perform facilitation and Coordination activities towards implementation of various leather sector infrastructure strengthening, Human Resource Development programmes of Government of India. Facilitate in availing assistance under Integrated Development of Leather Sector (IDLS) for Modernization & Technology up gradation of production units

Export Trends Graphs---% share of various countries in India’s Leather & Leather Products Exports (2010-11)

Export Scenario – Last 5 Years

% Share of Leather Products in Export Performance (2010-

Region-wise % Share of Export of Leather & Leather Products – 2010-11

Basic Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics Export Promotion Council :

Basic Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics Export Promotion Council, popularly known as CHEMEXCIL was established in the year 1963 with it's headquarters at Mumbai, with the objective of making concerted efforts to promote exports of Basic Organic and Inorganic Chemicals, Dyes, Pesticides, Soaps, Detergents, Cosmetics, Toiletries and other products like Agarbattis, Essential, Castor Oil etc. The wide ranging structural reforms resulting in unwinding the complex knots of controlled economy has enabled the country to integrate with the global economy. This radical shift and change in the mind-set helped CHEMEXCIL to play a committed, complementary and catalyst role in promoting the exports of Chemical groups. This can be evidenced from the rapid growth in the Membership base of CHEMEXCIL across the length and breadth of the country as well as the strides made in exports of Chemical groups in the last 42 years. Basic Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics Export Promotion Council popularly known as CHEMEXCIL is set up by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Government of India in the year 1963 with the objective of promoting exports of the following items from India to various countries abroad. These items have been grouped into IV separate Panels: Panel – I : Dyes and Dye Intermediates Panel – II : Basic Inorganic & Organic Chemicals, including Agrochemicals Panel – III : Cosmetics, Soaps,Toiletries & Essential Oils Panel – IV : Castor Oil ROLE

The present total Membership strength, comprising of Large Scale & Small Scale Manufacturers and Merchant Exporters is more than 4000 One of the main roles of CHEMEXCIL is to be an interface with the Industry and the Government of India to formulate Export-oriented Policies and also to create a favourable environment to augment exports of the above items from India. It is also ‘one point source of information’ for sourcing any of the above products from India. CHEMEXCIL participates in international exhibitions being held abroad and invites

overseas delegations to India to promote our exports and establish long term strategic alliances

CHEMEXCIL assists the members in locating and pinpointing the source of their

requirements. It also helps to effect a smooth trade deal between buyers and sellers to offer a total service package, completely FREE. CHEMEXCIL is the Nodal agency appointed by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry for compliance of REACH legislation of the European Union CHEMEXCIL participates in the Grievance Committee Meetings organized by the DGFT and take up issues of the member-exporters connected with Customs, Central

Excise, Port Authorities, etc. and try to resolve the same CHEMEXCIL participate in the Review Meetings as well as Task Force Meetings

organized by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to chalk out strategies for promotion of exports of the items coming under the purview of the Council with power Point presentations covering our suggestions, as well as suggestions/views being received from the members CHEMEXCIL prepares and submit to the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Annual Action Plan for promotion of exports of the items coming under its purview, covering Budget Proposals for participation in various international exhibitions/Buyer Seller Meets/ being held abroad as well as in India. CHEMEXCIL issues Recommendation letters addressed to various overseas Consulates/Embassies in India for issue of Visas for the member-exporters for attending Exhibitions/delegations as well as export/business promotion tours abroad. CHEMEXCIL has been authorized by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to issue Non-preferential Certificates of Origin to its member-exporters for export of their items to various countries abroad on the condition that the said items are covered under our purview and are manufactured in India CHEMEXCIL’s future plans are implementation of

1-Indian Chemical Inventory 2-Chemical Management Programme 3-Indian Chemical Webportal 4-budget proposals, etc.


Panel Dyes & Dye Intermediates Inorganic, Organic & Agro chemicals Cosmetics, Toiletries and Agarbattis Castor Oil Total

2007-08 (April/March) 11457

2008-09 (April/March) 11043

2009-10 (April/March) 11088

% Increase over 2008-09 0.4









1276 26690

2129 33587

2178 34527

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Export Promotion Council For HandicraftsExport Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) was established under Companies Act in the year 1986-87 and is a non-profit organisation, with an object to promote, support, protect, maintain and increase the export of handicrafts. it is an apex body of handicrafts exporters for promotion of exports of Handicrafts from country and projected India's image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality of handicrafts goods & services and ensured various meausres keeping in view of of observance of international standards and specification. The Council has created necessary infrastructure as well as marketing and information facilities, which are availed both by the members exporters and importers. It has created necessary infrastructure as well as marketing and information facilities, which are availed both by the member exporters and importers. The Council is engaged in promotion of handicrafts from India and project India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicrafts. The Council is run and managed by team of professionals headed by Executive Director. The Committee of Administration consists of eminent exporters, professionals. The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts has a rarest distinction of being considered as MODEL COUNCIL that is self-sustaining and where all the promotional activities are self-financed. Council’s continued pursuit of excellence and the objective of achieving the hallmark of quality assurance by extending excellent services to all the members and stake holders has led the Council to become an ISO 9001 : 2000 certified organization. Highlights of the council

Export of handicrafts----- The exports of Handicrafts have shown an increase of 2441.29 crores, from 10533.96 to 12975.25 crores, an increase of 23.18% in rupees term. In dollar terms, the exports have shown the increase of US $ 404.14 millions i.e. the exports increased by 17.56 % over the similar period in 2010- 2011. During the period, the exports of Art Metalware, Wood wares, Hand printed Textiles & Scarves, Embroidered & Crochetted goods, Shawls as artwares, Zari & Zari goods,

Immitation Jewellery and Misc. Handicrafts showed a increasing trend of 18.33%, 52.83%, 18.35%, 9.87%, 39.74%, 10.86%, 60.05% and 36.41% in rupees terms respectively and 12.94%, 45.86%, 12.96%, 4.86%, 33.38%, 5.82%, 52.75% and 30.19% in us$ term respectively. Overall an increase in the rupee term was 23.18% and in the US $ term was 17.56%. Other Activities  




Sports Goods Export Promotion Council-Sports Goods Export Promotion Council (SGEPC), a Government of India sponsored organization is working for the promotion of India’s exports of sports goods and toys. Founded in 1958, SGEPC represents all the leading manufacturers and exporters of sports goods and toys in India. SGEPC’s Objectives--

The one point objective of SGEPC is to promote exports of sports goods and toys from India. SGEPC’s Activities--

SGEPC’s range of activities include both that spur the industry’s performance on one hand and those which helps to promote its presence internationally, on the other. An Apex Industry Forum : SGEPC

is a common platform for companies from all over the country, with common interests, where they can meet to exchange views, decide on common strategies for promotion and also wherefrom they can voice their concerns at both national and international levels. Trade Promotion Activities : SGEPC organizes trade promotion activities like Indian participation in International Trade fairs, Visits of Business Delegations, Promotional campaigns in international markets etc. Dissemination of Information : SGEPC provides important information to the members on market intelligence, standards & specifications, quality & design, and on any other issue which may directly or indirectly affect the industry.

Link Between the Industry and the Indian Government: SGEPC is the direct link between the industry and the Government whereby it provides feedback on industry’s requirements to the Indian Government and also informs Government directives to the industry. Export Statistics and Projections : SGEPC collects export data from its members, maintains a statistical record of exports of sports goods and toys and evaluates its performance on an annual basis. Export Awards : SGEPC recognizes the achievements of exporters and awards the top performers annually.

The Cotton Textiles Promotion Council Of India— Since its inception in 1954 as an autonomous, non-profit export promotion body, TEXPROCIL has become the international face of Indian Cotton Textiles successfully facilitating exports. For the foreign buyer, it has opened the entire range of Indian cotton yarns, fabrics and made-ups and has become the one-stop source for it. While for the discerning Indian seller it has brought within reach the opportunities afforded by the global market. The ever increasing quantum of exports and diversity of markets tapped bear testimony to the success of TEXPROCIL. TEXPROCIL-The international face of Indian Cotton Textiles

Since its inception in 1954 as an autonomous, non-profit export promotion body, TEXPROCIL has become the international face of Indian Cotton Textiles successfully facilitating exports. For the foreign buyer, it has opened the entire range of Indian cotton yarns, fabrics and made-ups and has become the one-stop source for it. While for the discerning Indian seller it has brought within reach the opportunities afforded by the global market. The ever increasing quantum of exports and diversity of markets tapped bear testimony to the success of TEXPROCIL Wde ambit of activities--

The activities of TEXPROCIL extend to all areas related to the promotion of exports. Collation and dissemination of information, fielding of trade enquiries, administering quotas, facilitating an interface between domestic manufacturers and the global market and settling of disputes are some of the activities of the Council. One of the most important functions of TEXPROCIL is the collection of vital market information and collation of the same. Information with regards to new products, new ranges, government policies, rules and regulations, changing trends, quality standards, products commanding greater demand in the global markets and statistics about the exports of Indian

cotton textiles are disseminated regularly. This not only makes TEXPROCIL the premier repository of relevant information but also provides the key inputs for both the Indian seller as well as the foreign buyer in their respective efforts. Texprocil Awards for Outstanding Export Performance—(export awards 2011-12)

The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (Texprocil) recognizes the role played by the exporting community in developing and diversifying India's exports of Cotton Textiles, by distributing awards annually for outstanding export performance. The first in the series of such Annual Awards was instituted in the year 1975-76. Since then these awards have been well received and have acquired a status of prestige. Winners of these awards are looked upon as the cream of the exporting community. The expansion of the scheme of awards from 1993-94 include the institution of a special Gold trophy for highest global exports, common to all categories to honour the single most meritorious export performer. Exporters keenly compete with each other to bag the prestigious Texprocil Awards every year. These awards have helped to inculcate a spirit of healthy competition among exporters. India's cotton exports are likely to tumble by 60 per cent to 5.7 million bales in the marketing year ending July compared to last year level, a USDA report said.India, the world's second-largest exporter, is estimated to have shipped a record 14.7 million bales in the last marketing year, it said. One bale has 170 kg of cotton."The 2012-13 export estimate is unchanged at 5.7 million bales (of 170 kg)," the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in the report.China, the world's biggest cotton consumer, continues to be the major export market for Indian cotton. Indian cotton prices are trading slightly lower to world prices. Exports have also been aided by a weak rupee, it added. The USDA did not give any specific reasons for a decline in cotton exports. The domestic traders and experts said shipments could slow down due to lower Chinese purchases in the wake of huge inventories.According to the USDA report, cotton exports in the country have reached an estimated 2 million bales during August-December period of the ongoing marketing year."Preliminary data suggest that exports surged during November and December at nearly 1.65 million bales. Cotton exports during December were an estimated 950,000 bales, the highest monthly level since April," the report said.Other major markets for Indian cotton exports include Bangladesh, Vietnam and Pakistan.The USDA maintained its estimate on cotton production at 32.5 million bales and domestic consumption at 26.4 million bales for the current year.Domestic demand for cotton has been weak of late, but is expected to improve over the next few months as mills work off their supplies of imported cotton and the domestic cotton they had in place to cover their pre-harvest needs, it added. At present,

harvesting is underway and the pace of cotton arrival continues to lag from over last year period.Weak domestic prices have prompted the Cotton Corporation of India to begin procurement under minimum support price (MSP) operations, mainly in Andhra Pradesh

where the crop was affected by a cyclone a few weeks ago, the report said.The government has fixed the MSP at Rs 3,850 per quintal for the long staple shankar 6 variety. The Gems & Jwellery Export Promotion CouncilSet-up in 1966, the GJEPC has over the years effectively moulded the scattered efforts of individual exporters to make the gem and jewellery sector a powerful engine driving India's export-led growth. This apex body of the gem & jewellery industry has played a significant role in the evolution of the Indian gem and jewellery industry to its present stature. GJEPC is continuously working towards creating a pool of artisans and designers trained to international standards so as to consolidate the Indian jewellery industry and establish it as a prominent global player in the jewellery segment. With strength of 6,500 members' spread all over the country, the Council is primarily involved in introducing the Indian gem & jewellery products to the international market and promotes their exports. To achieve this, the Council provides market information to its members regarding foreign trade inquiries, trade and tariff regulations, rates of import duties, and information about jewellery fairs and exhibitions. The role of GJEPC can be broadly classified under the following categories: 1-

Trade Facilitator

The Council undertakes direct promotional activities like organising joint participation in international jewellery shows, sending and hosting trade delegations, and sustained image building exercises through advertisements.GJEPC also invites countries to explore areas of co-operation in supply of rough diamonds and rough colored stones as well as offers co-operation in jewellery manufacturing. The Council regularly communicates with Indian Embassies, trade bodies and associations in various countries. And finally, GJEPC also organizes seminars, buyer-seller meets, symposiums. 2-

Advisory Role

A crucial area of activity of the Council has also been aiding better interaction and understanding between the trade and the government. The Council takes up relevant issues with government and agencies connected with exports and submit documents for consideration and inclusion in the Exim Policy. The Council also grants membership, registration certificates and performs other roles as per the Exim Policy. 3.

Nodal Agency for Kimberley Process Certification Scheme

GJEPC works closely with the Government of India and the trade to implement and oversee the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. To that effect, the Council has been appointed as the Nodal Agency in India under the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.


Training and Research

The Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council runs a number of institutes that provide training in all aspects of manufacture and design in Mumbai, Delhi, Surat and Jaipur. These training programs are being conducted to ensure that the Indian industry achieves the highest levels of technical excellence. 5.

Varied Interests

The Council also publishes a number of brochures, statistical booklets, trade directories and a bi-monthly magazine - Solitaire International, which is distributed internationally as well as to its members. Finally, the Council has also developed its own promotional audiovisual film - 'India - Your First Choice', which is dubbed

Spices Board Of IndiaSpices Board (Ministry of Commerce, Government of India) is the flagship organization for the development and worldwide promotion of Indian spices. The Board is an international link between the Indian exporters and the importers abroad. The Board has been spearheading activities for excellence of Indian spices, involving every segment of the industry. The Board has made quality and hygiene the corner stones for its development and promotional strategies Multi faceted activities-

Promotion of exports of spices and spice products Maintenance and monitoring of quality of exports Development and implementation of better production methods, through scientific, technological and economic research. Guidance to farmers on getting higher and better quality yields through scientific agricultural practices. Provision of financial and material support to growers. Encouraging organic production and export of spices. Facilitating infrastructure for processing and value addition Registration and licensing of all spice exporters. Assistance for studies and research on better processing practices, foolproof quality management systems, improved grading methods and effective packaging techniques. Production of promotional and educative materials in a variety of media for the benefit of exporters and importers. Package of services for importersHelps importers and exporters in establishing mutual contact. Identifies competent supply sources for specific requirements of importers Processes and forwards foreign trade enquiries to reliable exporters. Organises a common platform for interaction between Indian exporters and international

buyers through the World Spice Congress. Examines each complaint from importers for corrective and preventive action. Spearheads the quality improvement programme for Indian spices. Manages a comprehensive and up-to-date data bank for exporters and importers. Brings together international bodies, exporters and policy makers through contact group programmes. Makes India’s presence felt in major international food fairs; conducts food festivals and cooking demonstrations. Review of Export performance of Spices during 2011-12-

Even though there is decline in the total export performance from the country during FY 2011-12, the Spices export sector attained an all time record both in terms of quantity and value during the said period. Spices exports have registered substantial growth during the last five years, registering an annual average growth rate of 21% in value and 8% in quantity and India commands a formidable position in the World Spice Trade The total estimated export of Spices from the country during 2011-12 has crossed US$ 2000 Million mark. During this period a total of 5,75,270 tons of spices and spice products valued Rs.9783.42 crore (US$2037.76 Million) has been exported as against 5,25,750 tons valued Rs.6840.70 crore (US$ 1502.85 Million) in 2010-11, registering an increase of 9% in quantity and 43% in rupee terms of value. The increase in dollar terms over the previous year is 36%. The total export of Spices during 2011-12 has also exceeded the target in terms of both quantity and value. Compared to the target fixed 5,00,000 tons valued Rs.6500.00 crore (US$1450 million) for the financial year 2011-12, the achievement is 115% in terms of quantity and 151 % in rupee and 141% dollar terms. During this period, the achievement in export earning is high and mainly due to the rigorous focus and initiatives taken by the Board for value addition and higher end processing of Spices. The better unit price of most of the Spices during the year also helped for achieving the all time record in the export earning With the support of the Spices Board, exporters have established adequate infrastructure for improving quality on a sustained basis. Exporters take up quality improvement and technological upgradation as an on-going programme. These developments are in tune with the changing levels of market acceptance. Other areas focused upon by the Board are export promotion in identified markets, interaction with policy makers in the importing countries, development of new end uses, farm level training for farmers etc.

Indias's share in world trade of spices 2010

Federation Of Indian Export Organisation---The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), non profit organizations set up by the Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India in 1965 to co-ordinate and focus the efforts of all organizations in the country engaged in export promotion. The Federation has evolved into a key player in the promotion of trade, investment and collaboration. FIEO provides the content, direction and thrust to India’s expanding international trade. FIEO represents the interest of professional government recognized exporting firms, consultancy firms, service exporters, banks, export management training institutes etc. FIEO members representing large, medium & small scale exporting units contribute more around 70% global exports of our country. Its membership comprises of exporting firms with strong credentials, called Government-recognized Export House, Star Export House, Trading House.


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