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How to become a member of the Carpet Export Promotion Council?

In this blog, understand the role and importance of Carpet Export Promotion Council — a government organization that promotes Indian carpets and learn how to export carpets, rugs and floor coverings from India.
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Among a range of home textile products, Indian carpets and rugs are popular across the world for its design, weave and quality. According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, 75-85% of the carpets manufactured in India are exported. In terms of volume and value, India is the world’s largest producer and exporter of carpets, contributing about 40% to the total worldwide export of handmade carpets1.

To support and promote this growing industry, the Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) was setup. The organization aims to provide support and guidance to medium and small carpet exporters to expand their businesses across the world. It is a one-stop information center for Indian carpet exporters with details on latest trends, trade policies and export documents. With over 2,000 member-exporters, the council guides exporters with sustainable export practices and acts as a catalyst to promote exclusive Indian knitted carpets, rugs and floor coverings2.

Role of the Carpet Export Promotion Council

Organizes fairs and exhibitions

CEPC supports ‘Make in India’ mission of the government by organizing international trade fairs and exhibitions like the Indian Carpet Expo. It encourages registered members to participate in such fairs and explore the potential of Indian carpets in different international marketplaces. These fairs also help them build relationships with their customers and importers.

Communicates with the government

To maintain transparency between exporters and the government, CEPC facilitates timely interaction and acts as a bridge between the two. It has various representatives who highlight issues faced by the members of the council to the government and authorities. To address these issues and provide guidance, it advises the government in export-import policy matters related to the industry.

Educates exporters through seminars

To create awareness and educate member-exporters on new policies, technological advancements and international standards, the council hosts seminars. It also conducts surveys and prepares market reports that guide MSMEs. Market intelligence in the form of performance reports and journals help exporters stay updated and plan their export businesses based on trends and analysis. The council also advises them on beneficial quality certifications.

Provides visa recommendations

CEPC also helps registered members with visa recommendation letters to foreign embassies for international fairs, export promotion and other related activities.

Offers training and upgradation

The council organizes multiple training programs for its members throughout India to introduce its workforce to latest technical advancements. These training programs empower members by suggesting new areas of improvement, business tips and quality standards.
Through these roles and functions, the council also maintains trade directories with contact information of its members. As the face of the carpet industry, it works towards developing a network of carpet exporters from India. Thus, registering and becoming a member of CEPC can be beneficial to carpet exporters3.

How to become a member of the Carpet Export Promotion Council?

You can register and become a member of CEPC by submitting an application on its official website. Once registered, you can also obtain a Registration-Cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC).

Documents required to become a CEPC member:

• A proof of membership fee paid. It can be paid here.
• Self-attested photocopy of partnership deed or Memorandum of Association in case of Limited companies
• Self-attested copy of IEC
• Self-attested copy of PAN card, GST registration number and Aadhaar card
• Proof of manufacturing (self-attested copy of DIC/Udhyog Adhaar certificate registration)
• Proof of export4

How to register with the Carpet Export Promotion Council?

Once you have the documents ready, you can follow these steps to register with CEPC and obtain RCMC:

1. Login to the CEPC website and fill required details like contact number, business name, owner name, etc.
2. Pay the required membership fee as mentioned in the application.
3. Add an affidavit on a non-judicial paper of INR 10 certified by Notary Public.
4. Read the terms and conditions mentioned. You can then click on ‘I accept’ and submit the form for verification.

Once you have received an RCMC from the carpet promotion council, you can export your products from India in a hassle-free and seamless manner.

How to export carpets from India?

As an MSME or a seller, you can take your handmade carpets and home textile products across the world through ecommerce exports. Amazon Global Selling is an ecommerce exports program that enables exporters to sell internationally in 18+ international marketplaces without setting up a physical store or warehouse abroad. With Global Selling, you can export from your manufacturing unit or office and reach millions of international customer shopping on Amazon USA, UK, Australia, UAE, Singapore, Canada and more. To assist you in international shipping, Amazon provides fulfillment (Amazon FBA) and other logistic services.

Frequently Asked Questions

How frequently do I need to renew my membership with CEPC?
Exporters have to renew their membership every year to avail the benefits of membership with CEPC.
How do you export a rug?
You can export carpets and rugs from India with Amazon Global Selling – an ecommerce exports program that helps you reach millions of customers in 200+ countries and territories. Without setting up a physical store or warehouse abroad, you can use Amazon’s simple listing and hassle-free international shipping tools to export easily.
What are the documents required to export rugs and carpets?
To export rugs and carpets from India, you must obtain a set of export documents like IEC, AD bank code, GST Letter of Undertaking and Importer of Record, along with other compliance requirements like labelling as per Federal Trade Commission guidelines.
Published on March 21, 2022.

Sources:
1. https://www.ibef.org/exports/carpet-industry-in-india.aspx#:~:text=Export%20of%20carpets%20from%20India,it%20was%20US%24%20838.40%20million.&text=US,-Germany
2. http://cepc.co.in/industry-at-a-glance
3. http://cepc.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Benefits-of-Becoming-a-member-of-cepc.pdf
4. http://www.indiancarpets.com/page/registration
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