What is an APEDA?
Governed and administered by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, APEDA i.e. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority is an online portal which is developed to provide all relevant and important information on Indian agricultural products to the international buyers.
Apart from providing the relevant information, APEDA also serves as a universal online meeting point for the exporters and importers wherein they can receive trade enquiries and offers and can also make demands and specific queries.
Constituted under Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act 1985, APEDA provides financial assistance, information, along with formulation and implementation of the standards in order to develop the products and thus enhance the export of scheduled products. To gain the benefits of APEDA, all the exporters of scheduled products need to register themselves with the APEDA.
Administered and governed by the central government, it has assigned various functions to APEDA in order to meet its main objective of promoting the export of the scheduled products and thus the concerned authority of APEDA needs to implement the rules and guidelines framed by the central government. The products scheduled under APEDA are as below:
- Floriculture and seeds
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Processed foods
- Meat and meat products
- Dairy Products
- Confectionery, biscuits and bakery products
- Honey, jaggery and sugar products
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Groundnuts, peanuts and walnuts
- Pickles, papads and chutneys
- Guar Gum
- Herbal and medicinal plants
- Cocoa and its products, chocolates of all kinds
- Poultry and poultry products
- Organic Products
Assigned Functions of APEDA
Central government has assigned various functions to the APEDA authority in order to meet its objectives, such as:
APEDA Authority Composition
As per the central government guidelines, APEDA authority consists of following members:
Having its head office in New Delhi, APEDA has 5 regional offices and 13 virtual offices, namely:
- Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)
- Bhubaneshwar (Orissa)
- Srinagar (J&K)
- Imphal (Manipur)
- Agartala (tripura)
- Kohima (Nagaland)
- Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
- Raipur (Chattisgarh)
- Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
- Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
- Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and
- Panaji (Goa)
Registration With APEDA
In order to register yourself with APEDA, you need to abide by its guidelines. Once you have gone through the guidelines, you can register yourself with APEDA through two ways, i.e.
Irrespective of the mode you choose for registering yourself as an exporter of scheduled products with APEDA, you need to ensure that you do so within a month of undertaking the export. Once registered, it will remain valid unless cancelled by the concerned authorities and all registered members are governed by the rules under the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act.
Procedure And Documents Required For Filling Of Application For Financial Assistance Under APEDA:
Advantages of APEDA
Advantages of APEDA are listed as below:
- It is a one-time registration.
- It enables the registered exporters to avail the financial assistance schemes of APEDA.
- It is a mandatory registration.
- It serves as a meeting point for the registered members to meet and to participate in various training programs.
- It ensures the timely production and quality of scheduled products.