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Commodity Boards & Other Export Promotion Organisations

Commodity Boards

 Coffee Board

The Coffee Board of India is an autonomous body, functioning under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The Board serves as a guide of the coffee industry in India. The Board focuses on research, development, extension, quality upgradation, market information, and the domestic and external promotion of Indian coffee.

 Rubber Board

The board is engaged in the development of the rubber industry. This is done by assisting and encouraging scientific, technical and economic research; supplying technical advice to rubber growers; and training growers in improved methods of plantation and cultivation.

  Tea Board

The primary functions of tea board include rendering financial and technical assistance for cultivation,manufacture,marketing of tea; promoting tea exports ;aiding research and developmental activities for augmentation of tea production and improvement of tea quality as well as encouraging and assisting small growers sector financially and technically.

 Tobacco Board

The Government of India established the Tobacco Board, in place of Tobacco Export Promotion Council, under the Tobacco Board Act of 1975 to regulate production, promotion of overseas marketing and to control recurring instances of imbalances in supply and demand, which lead to market problems,The Tobacco Board Act aims at the planned development of Tobacco Industry in the country. The activities of the Board includes the regulation of the production and curing of Virginia Tobacco with regard to the demand in India and abroad.

 Spices Board

Spices Board was constituted on 26th February 1986 under the Spices Board Act 1986. It is one of the Commodity Boards functioning under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. It is an autonomous body responsible for the export promotion of the scheduled spices and production or development of some of them such as Cardamom and Vanilla.

Export Promotion Councils (EPCs)

The Export Inspection Council is responsible for the enforcement of quality control and compulsory preshipment inspection of various commodities meant for export and notified under the Export (Quality Control & Inspection) Act, 1963.

• Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi :- is engaged in the following activities:-
• Training of Personnel in modern techniques of international trade; 
• Organisation of Research in problems of foreign trade; 
• Organisation of marketing research, area surveys, commodity surveys, market surveys; 
• Dissemination of information arising from its activities relating to research and market studies.

a Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), Mumbai

is registered under the Societies Registration Act.The main aim of this Institute is to undertake research of raw materials for the packaging industry, to organise training programmes on packaging technology and to stimulate consciousness of the need for good packaging etc.

a Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA), Kochi

functions under the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India and acts as a coordinating agency with different Central and State Government establishments engaged in fishery production and allied activities. The Authority is responsible for development of the marine products industry with special focus on marine exports. The role envisaged for the MPEDA is comprehensive covering fisheries of all kinds, increasing exports, specifying standards, processing, marketing, extension and training in various aspects of the marine industry.

a Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), New Delhi

came into existence in 1986 to further develop agricultural commodities and processed foods, and to promote their exports.The aim is to maximize foreign exchange earnings through increased agro exports, to provide better income to the farmers through higher unit value realization and to create employment opportunities in rural areas by encouraging value added exports of farm produce.

Other Organisations

d Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO)

FIEO is an apex body of various export promotion organizations and institutions with its major regional offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. It provides the content, direction and thrust to India's global export effort.

c Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA), New Delhi

ICA is set up under the Societies Registration Act promotes arbitration as a means of settling commercial disputes and popularizes the concepts of arbitration among the traders, particularly those engaged in international trade.

b Indian Diamond Institute (IDI), Surat

With the objective of enhancing the quality, design and global competitiveness of the Indian Jewellery, the Indian Diamond Institute (IDI) was established as a pivotal institute for imparting technical skills to the Gems and Jewellery industry in the areas of Gemology and Jewellery manufacture.

Advisory Bodies

d Board of Trade (BOT)

was set up on May 5, 1989 with a view to providing an effective mechanism to maintain continuous dialogue with trade and industry in respect of major developments in the field of International Trade.

c  Export Promotion Board (EPB)

provide policy and infrastructural support through greater coordination amongst concerned Ministries for boosting the growth of exports.

bDirectorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD)

The Directorate is responsible for carrying out investigations and to recommend, where required, under Customs Tariff Act, the amount of anti-dumping duty/countervailing duty on the identified articles which would be adequate to remove injury to the domestic industry.

Public Sectors Undertakings

d The following trading/service corporations are functioning under the administrative control of the Department of Commerce

  • Corporation (STC) of India Ltd.
  • MMTC (Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation of India) Limited
  • PEC Ltd
  • Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (ECGC) of India Ltd.
  • IndiaTrade Promotion Organisation (ITPO)