How to obtain an APEDA license?

APEDA license serves as a quality assurance certificate to export products from India and is important to gain access to international markets. Learn more about its process in this blog.
APEDA License
APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. It is responsible for the development and promotion of export of various agricultural and processed food products from India. To export any agricultural or processed food products from India, it is mandatory to obtain an APEDA certificate for export registration or license. The license is granted after a thorough verification of the applicant’s credentials, including their financial standing, export potential, and compliance with relevant regulations.

What is an APEDA license?

An APEDA license serves as a stamp of quality assurance for export products from India and is necessary to gain access to international markets. The license also enables exporters to avail benefits under various export promotion schemes of the government. APEDA issues licenses to eligible exporters of agricultural and processed food products, allowing them to export their products globally. The license ensures that the products are of high quality and comply with international standards1.

Uses and importance of APEDA license

The APEDA license is crucial for exporters of agricultural and processed food products as it ensures that their products comply with international standards and meet the quality requirements of foreign markets. To obtain an APEDA license, an exporter must fulfill certain criteria, including maintaining a proper infrastructure and complying with relevant laws and regulations. They must also provide details of their products, including their source and intended markets, to APEDA. The license is valid for five years and can be renewed by submitting necessary documents and paying the required fee. In addition, APEDA provides various other services to exporters, such as market research, quality control, and export-related training and education.

Documents required to get APEDA license

To obtain an APEDA license, an exporter needs to submit the following documents2:
· Application form duly filled and signed
· Certificate of incorporation/Partnership deed
· Copy of PAN card
· Copy of IEC (Import Export Code) issued by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)
· Bank certificate
· Proof of ownership of the business premises
· List of products to be exported
· Test reports from a recognized laboratory
· Health certificate from the concerned authority
· Board resolution for authorization
· Fee payment receipt

The documents may vary depending on the type of business and products being exported. It is suggested that the exporter checks the APEDA website or consults a professional for accurate and updated information.

How to apply for an APEDA license?

To apply for an APEDA license, an exporter must follow the below steps:
1. Visit the APEDA website and download the application form.
2. Fill in the application form with complete details.
3. Attach all the required documents as per the checklist provided.
4. Submit the application form along with the documents to the nearest APEDA office.
5. Pay the required fee. Post that, await confirmation and approval of the license from APEDA.

It is important to ensure that all the details and documents provided are accurate and up-to-date to avoid any delays or rejections in the license application process. It is also recommended to consult with a professional or visit the APEDA certificate for export website for updated information.

What is the procedure for an APEDA certificate download?

To download the APEDA license, visit the official APEDA website and register as a new user. After completing the registration process, login to your account and fill out the application form for the desired license. Once the application is submitted, the license can be downloaded from the website.

Once the license has been obtained, sellers can export food products from India to anywhere in the world without having to set up a physical office or warehouse abroad, thanks to e-commerce exports. Through this, Indian exporters can list on e-commerce websites across the US, UK, UAE, etc. and sell Made in India goods without any challenges.

Export food products from India with Amazon Global Selling

Export of agricultural and food products from India to the world has become hassle-free with e-commerce exports program, Amazon Global Selling. Amazon provides a platform for sellers to showcase their Indian products globally and reach a wider audience across 18+ marketplaces. Products such as spices, tea, coffee, rice, and fruits are some of the top consumables exported from India through Amazon. All sellers need to do is register with Amazon Global Selling and list their products on any or all of the 18 marketplaces. Once done, sellers can choose to opt for Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) and let Amazon handle logistics, packaging, and shipping, making it easier for sellers to focus on production and quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the validity of APEDA certificate?
The validity of APEDA certificate is for 5 years.
Is APEDA registration mandatory?
APEDA registration is mandatory for all exporters of food products from India, as per the Foreign Trade Policy.
Who can register for APEDA?
Any person, company, or organization involved in the production, processing, or export of scheduled agricultural products from India can register with APEDA. This includes individuals, partnership firms, proprietary firms, private and public limited companies, among others.
When can APEDA registration be canceled?
APEDA registration can be canceled if the registered entity violates the provisions of the APEDA Act or regulations.
Published on March 26, 2023.


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