Coffee Board of India: How to register and get a coffee export license?

Coffee Board of India acts as an export promotion council that promotes the export of Indian coffee. Here’s a guide to learn about the role, functions & registration process of the coffee board.
Coffee Board of India
Indian coffee is famous world over for its premium quality and flavours – Robusta and Arabica. To promote and encourage Indian sellers to export these coffee types, the Coffee Board of India was established as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, in 1942. With its head office in Bengaluru, Karnataka, it guides and empowers the entire supply chain of coffee production. The coffee board also aims to create awareness on the latest technology that can be used in agricultural operations related to coffee cultivation, processing, and trade.

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Today, India is the sixth-largest producer and the fifth largest exporter of coffee in the world, contributing to around 342,000 million tonnes of global coffee production. The country has recorded an export of 70% of the total coffee produced in 20211.

Role and functions of the Coffee Board of India

The key activities of the Coffee Board of India are directed towards research and development, introduction of technology, conducting quality checks, and export promotion of coffee in international marketplaces2.

Research and development

Research stations are setup for experimenting with coffee quality under the administration of the coffee board. With a strength of 100+ qualified scientific personnel, the board aims to improve varieties of coffee and crop tolerance against major pests and diseases. It also has a vast network of extension units located in major coffee growing regions to create awareness about the latest technologies among workers in coffee plantations. With more than 200+ technical experts, the board ensures that risk insurance of crops, labour welfare schemes of the board and crop estimation and losses are implemented.

Enhancing competency and productivity in international markets

The coffee board has a market intelligence unit in Bengaluru, which undertakes research and development activities. It conducts market research studies, crop forecasting, and economic reports on coffee trade, which can be used as a reference by cultivators and exporters. The unit has coordinated valuable studies on:
• Logistics and competitiveness of coffee-producing countries like India, Vietnam and Brazil
• Market Access Initiative (MAI) scheme to promote Indian coffee export
• Coffee retailing manuals

Along with maintaining the official website of the Coffee Board of India, this unit also executes and regulates government schemes like Price Stabilization Fund Scheme and Rainfall Insurance Scheme for coffee farmers.

Role in exports and domestic promotion

The coffee board facilitates exports – one of its key roles. It conducts registration of exporters and grants required permits for selling internationally to registered coffee exporters. The board also encourages Indian coffee exporters to participate in major trade shows and exhibitions held across the world. It organizes “Flavour of India – the fine cup competitions” – a competition where Indian coffee traders and cultivators are encouraged and get required exposure of international markets.

Step-by-step process to register with
the Coffee Board of India

To avail the benefits of being a member of the Coffee Board of India, it is important to register and obtain a Registration-Cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC).

Documents required for RCMC online application:

Import Export Code (IEC) Certificate
• GST certificate
• Certificate of incorporation if the business is Private Ltd. and Public Ltd.
FSSAI license (If you are registering as a manufacturer exporter)
• Self-attested copies of PAN and Aadhaar card
• CRC or Coffee Research Center Certificate (if you are applying as a coffee grower)
• Fee payment receipt for your RCMC application3

To get RCMC (Registration Cum Membership Certificate) issued by the coffee board, an exporter can submit an online application on the official website. Once the application is filed and documents are submitted to the Coffee Board of India, an RCMC is issued with a validity of three years from the date of registration.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Export Permit by Coffee Board?
The Coffee Board of India grants export permits under rule 44(2) Coffee Act 1942, along with the Certificate of Origin (COO) to registered exporters of coffee. The Export Permit Application (EPA) can be filed online through
What are the documents required to register with the coffee board?
To become a member of the Coffee Board of India, you must register and obtain a Registration-cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC). The documents required for RCMC are:
• Import Export Code Certificate
• GST certificate
• Certificate of incorporation if the business is Private Ltd. and Public Ltd.
• FSSAI license (If you are registering as a manufacturer exporter)
• Self-attested copies of PAN and Aadhaar card
• CRC or Coffee Research Center Certificate (if you are applying as a coffee grower)
• Fee payment receipt for your RCMC application3
What is the validity of RCMC of the Coffee board?
The RCMC issued by the Coffee Board of India is valid for three years from the date of registration.
Published on March 16, 2022.


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