Step-by-step guide to export coffee from India

India is one of the top countries in coffee export. Identifying this growing demand, sellers from the country are keen on starting coffee export business. In this blog, learn how to export coffee from India in an easy way.
coffee export from india
Did you know that coffee is cultivated in more than 60 countries around the world1? Yet, Indian coffee continues to be a favourite beverage among customers not just in the country but internationally as well. To meet this growing demand, over 70% of the coffee produced in India is exported2. Topping the list of coffee export is Indian Robusta and Arabica beans, which are highly preferred in the international market for their incredible blending quality. From Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to Odisha, Assam and Manipur, coffee is grown in large quantities across the country and later, sourced and sold by sellers3. Here are some of the states that grow and export coffee from India:
coffee export from India

How to start a coffee export business?

Whether you’re a startup or a regional coffee seller, you can export coffee from India with ease by obtaining a few documents and export compliance. To become a coffee exporter, you can register as a member with the Coffee Board of India via an application for an online Registration-cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC) for new registration4. Following are the documents required:
● Goods and Service Tax registration certificate (GST)
Import Export Code (IEC)
● Authorised signatory of your business
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) license
● Bank performance letter and an authorised signature of bank
● A certificate of Incorporation for Private Limited and Public Limited Companies

Once you are registered, the Coffee Board of India will send you RCMC with other documents to the registered address of the applicant on the IEC certificate. The registered coffee exporter gets an Export Permit and the Certificate of Origin from the Coffee Board of India. For obtaining this certificate, the exporter should apply for Export Permit Application:

How to register as a coffee exporter with Amazon Global Selling?

With the growing number of eshoppers across the world and ease of selling online, exporters are increasingly opting for e-commerce exports to expand their businesses. The rising demand for Indian coffee in the international market opens up a large scope for coffee exporters from India.

With e-commerce exports program like Amazon Global Selling, Indian sellers can register, list and sell on international marketplaces like USA, UK, Italy, Australia, UAE and more with ease. Whether you’re a coffee manufacturer, supplier or wholesaler, you can register and sell your products to over 300 million customers shopping on Amazon marketplaces in 200+ countries and territories.

Register your business

First, you must register your coffee 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.
• ID proof (Aadhar, driving license or passport)
• Business address proof (Bank statement)
• Credit card (international transactions enabled)
Amazon seller registration

List your products

Once you have successfully registered to sell globally on Amazon, you can list your coffee 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.
How to list your products on Amazon

Ship and 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.
Amazon FBA

Frequently Asked Questions

Which country is the major importer of coffee from India?
The major Indian coffee importers are USA, France, Italy, Germany, and Turkey6.
How to get an Export Permit to start a coffee export business?
The exporter has to first register as a member of the Coffee Board of India. The registered exporter can file for an online Export Permit Application by visiting and get the Export Permit (Form-C) and ICO Certificate of Origin.
Published on October 19, 2021.


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*Map not to scale. The map has been used for design and representational purpose only, it does not depict the geographical boundaries of the country. These do not conform to the external boundaries of India recognized by the Survey of India.

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