The apparel industry in India is globally known for its fine craftsmanship and tradition. One-of-its-kind designs on cotton, silk, and denim material are highly popular in the international marketplaces. This makes India the world’s 2nd largest exporter of apparel and textile with an extensive and growing manufacturing base1. For the smooth functioning and growth of this industry in India, the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) was established as the official body of apparel exporters.
What is the objective of Apparel Export
Apparel Export Promotion Council acts as a bridge between the government, Indian apparel exporters and international customers. From solving trade-related issues to introducing schemes and organizing trade fairs, the export promotion council ensures the industry flourishes in India. With its vision to empower the Indian apparel exporters, the council strives to improve the global positioning of the industry in a sustainable and holistic way.
Apparel Export Promotion Council also organizes India International Garment Fair twice a year that allows more than 300 exhibitors to display their products and unique apparel2. Over 575 international buyers from 65 countries visited the fair during the three days in January 2020.
Below are some of the objectives of Apparel Export Promotion Council:
• To undertake market research and provide inputs on foreign trade policies, budgets and regulations of apparel importing countries. It also provides help in marketing aboard, and conducts export-related surveys to gather insightful data.
• To assist AEPC members in understanding export license applications and compliance for easy exports from India.
• Apparel Export Promotion Council aims to promote Indian apparel exporters in international markets and create awareness about various types of garments manufactured in India.
• To support innovation and evolution for high quality product manufacturing. It aims to ensure the quality of fabric exported meets the international standards.
• To update its members about action plans, promotion of exports, new targets for exports to a particular country and execution of those strategies.
Documents required to become a member of AEPC
To be a member of AEPC, the following documents are required:
• An application form must be downloaded from the official website of AEPC (www.aepcindia.com)
• A self-attested copy of IEC issued by DGFT
• Notarised non-judicial stamp paper
• A self-attested copy of Partnership deed and Certificate of Firm Registration
• A cheque/demand draft in favor of AEPC
If the exporter wants to be registered as manufacturer-exporter, then evidence of being a manufacturer must be provided with a self-attested copy of industrial or factory license.
In the case of an exporter manufacturing readymade garments, self-attested copy of the factory license issued by the particular state government, Employee State Insurance Certificate issued by concerned authorities and Employees Provident Fund Registration Certificate issued by the concerned Provident Fund Commissioner, along with the Certificate of Chartered Accountant must be submitted at the time of application.
AEPC also allows online registration for the Registration cum Membership Certificate (RCMC) and renewal of membership subscription to reduce manual paperwork and application processing time. Following are the facilities are given by the website of AEPC:
1) Online filing of RCMC
2) Tracking application status of RCMC
3) Receive RCMC notifications by email
4) RCMC renewal
5) Faster processing of all transactions
6) 24/7 availability and accessibility of information
How to become a member of AEPC?
Any Indian apparel exporter is eligible to become a Registered Exporter of the Council if he matches the eligibility criteria
of the council3
. You can become a member of the Apparel Export Promotion Council by submitting the application online. Below is the process:
• Fill the Performa of application form by downloading it from the council’s website.
• Attach a demand draft of the necessary fees as an annual subscription for registration.
• Submit the following documents:
a) IEC (Importer-Exporter Code) issued by DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade)
b) Register-cum-membership certificate (RCMC) of the applicant
c) An Undertaking on non-judicial stamp paper duly notarized
Schemes available under AEPC
RoSCTL (Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies):
This scheme allows rebate of the Central and State Government taxes levied on garments or raw materials utilised in the manufacturing of export garments to enhance the competitiveness of export products.
ATUFS (Amended Technology Upgradation Func Scheme):
This scheme assists in investment, increasing productivity, quality, and employment in export and import of textile Industry. It facilitates investment in textile machinery manufacturing.
AA (Advance Authorization):
Under the Advance Authorization Scheme, member exporters are allowed duty-free import of the fabric that is utilised in making end products for export.
Zero Duty EPCG Scheme:
This scheme aims to facilitate the import of capital goods and quality services to enhance manufacturing quality of garments. Exporters can import machinery duty-free for manufacturing apparel under the zero-duty EPCG scheme.
Interest Equalisation Scheme (Pre and Post shipment Rupee Export Credit):
This scheme provides 3% interest on export credit for MSME sector4.
How does Amazon Global Selling help
in apparel exports?
With the growing online shopping across the world, Indian apparel sellers have the opportunity to export from India via ecommerce and acquire millions of new customers globally. Amazon Global Selling
is an ecommerce exports program that enables Indian apparel exporters to sell on 18+ international marketplaces in USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, UAE, Singapore and more. With over 300 million customers on Amazon globally, sellers can take their Indian apparel products to new regions from the comfort of them home with simple registration, easy product listing and hassle-free international shipping.
Register your business
First, you must register
your export business with Amazon Global Selling. You don’t have to be an existing Amazon India seller. The registration can be done online on Seller Central. You’ll need the following documents to register:
• ID proof (Aadhar, driving license or passport)
• Business address proof (Bank statement)
• Credit card (international transactions enabled)
List your products
Once you have successfully registered to sell globally on Amazon, you can list your products
. Remember to follow tips on how to list your products
include attractive pictures and descriptions that’s clear to international customers. You can also seek help from third party service providers.
Ship & receive payments
Once a customer places an order, you can choose to deliver by yourself or you can opt for Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)
. Under FBA, Amazon takes care of shipping, delivery, returns and customer concerns. Once a customer purchases your product, Amazon credits the money in your bank account in the currency of your choice.
Published on October 29, 2021.
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