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About Export Inspection Agency (EIC)

Under Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963, the export inspection agency inspects the consignment and issues an inspection certificate.Export inspection agency is controlled by export inspection council (EIC).

Under the council of export promotion, there are around 40 sub offices. These offices are engaged actively in certification, inspection of shipment and quality control with various laboratories across the country. The 40 sub offices are involved in- consignment wise inspection, self-certification scheme& in-process quality control. All the activities of certification and inspection are performed via export inspection agency.

Export Inspection Agency

The export inspection agency follows a consignment wise inspection or a systematic approach in order to include self-certification, in-process quality control, and food safety management systems based certification (PSMSC).

There are two kinds of origin certificates in India. The chamber of commerce issues the first origin certificate whereas the second origin certificate is issued by export inspection agency. Some customs of the importing countries want both of them for certifying the country of origin of goods.

Also Read: Guide for Registered Exporter System (REX)

Manufacturer exporters are promoted by the export inspection council to apply the top-quality management in order to create a steady product quality to gain buyers confidence and to fulfil theirspecifications. Take an example, from India, if you wish to export hot steel rolled coil, then you need to perform its export inspection and need to have an inspection certificate.

Certificate of Origin

With the help of certificate of origin, concessions are expanded for the stock originating in certain countries.

Export Certification Systems

Certifications based on Food Safety Management Systems

This type of certification is associated with many international standards like good management practices, hazard analysis, critical control point and general health practices in the areas of fish & fishery products, honey, poultry products, milk products and egg products.

Self-Certification

The permission for self-certification is granted by the director of inspection and quality control, export inspection council of India. This permission is given to manufacturers of marine products, chemical &allied products and engineering products. The self-certification is offered on the basis that exporter himself is the best judge of his or her products quality and will offer good quality products in the market as no exporter wants to ruin his reputation himself.

In-Process Quality Control

This kind of inspection is performed during variousproduction stages. It is mainly done for engineering products. After unit’s inspection, inspection certificate is issued to those products which grant in-process quality control (IPQC) facilities. The final end-product inspection certificate is given without detailed analysis at the shipment stage.

Consignment Wise Inspection

Under this kind of inspection, each consignment of export is tested and inspected by the recognized inspection agencies. Samples are taken on the basis of sampling plans, tested and inspected in order to ensure products conformity to the recommended standards.

Export Inspection Agency Services

Export inspection agency is known for its technically qualified manpower, quality control and forty years of experience in inspecting notified commoditiesand quality control. This also includes testing as perinternational standards or foreign buyer specifications.

The export inspection agency also issues the certificate of origin known as GSP (Generalized System of Preference). The offices of the export inspection agency are situated in all major cities of India to serve exporters in maintaining the best quality so that they can easily meet all the specifications and requirements of buyer.

Also Read: LUT Bond Registration for Exports under GST

To get origin certificate for the GSP, an individual needsto apply with export inspection agency (before physically moving goods) by filling the required form along with the commercial invoice copy. This copy should be signed by the authorized signatory.

After doing verification and collection of charges, export inspection agency certifies the document and issues the GSP certificate & original certificate along with the commercial invoices (attested copies). You can also get GSP certificate electronically or via online.

After filing the documents electronically, you need to submit the hard copies to the concerned office of council of export inspection. Pay the required charges and get GSP certificate.

Export Inspection Agency Service Areas

  • laboratory testing services
  • For export products, Certificates of origin are issued to various exporters under various preferential tariff schemes.
  • Certification related to quality of food items for export via installing food safety management systems in the food processing units according to the international standards.
  • Issuing various kinds of certificates to the exporters such as authenticity, health under various product export schemes.
  • Recognition of inspection agencies as per ISO 17020 and laboratories as per ISO17025. These can be used for testing and inspection of export.
  • Certification quality of export commodities by installing quality assurance system in the exporting units as well as doing consignment wise inspection.
  • Technical support and training to the industry for quality and safety management systems installation.

Registration of Export Inspection Agency

You can easily register online for export inspection agency. As per online procedure, you need to fulfil certain terms & conditions in order to register for export inspection agency.

Quality Control and Export Inspection Certificates

The pre-shipment inspection and quality control is mandatory for the proper development of the trade such as export. Export inspection council is formed by the Indian government under Export or Quality Control and Inspection Act, 1963, Section 3, for pre-shipment and control of the quality. Under this act, the government already notified one thousand commodities. It covers different sectors like steel products, minerals, footwear, textiles, food and agricultural products, engineering products, rubber products, pesticides, fishery, ceramic products, and chemicals etc.

Procedure for becoming an Export Inspection Agency in India

If an agency wants to be recognized as an inspection agency for any of the notified commodities, you need to contact the nearest export inspection agency to submit an application.

  • In the first step, an application must be submitted in a prescribed format along with a non-refundable fee of Rs.25000
  • An application form should be submitted along with the required documents such as legal entity proof, years of experience in inspection and implementation of quality management systems to the nearest inspection agency.
  • In the third step, you need to forward copy of the application form filed with nearest inspection agency along with the enclosures such as manuals, payment document to export inspection council (EIC), New Delhi.
  • Then, the export inspection council examines the application and decide whether to accept it or not. If the application is accepted, an application number is allotted to the application form. EIC reserves the right to take additional information or may reject the application giving the reason in writing. The reason of rejection may be any of the following –
    • Incomplete application
    • Non-submission of documents
    • Non-payment of fees
    • Agency unsatisfactory track record
    • Agency insufficient technical capability for the scope applied for.
    • Agency seeking approval for commodity which is of no interest to EIC in the current scenario.
    • Any other reason as deemed fit by EIC.

Export Inspection Agencies and their Sub Offices in India

Inspection agencies are located at Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. Find out the Address, Contact Numbers and Email Id of Export Inspection Agencies and their sub offices below -

Export Inspection Agency Delhi and their Sub Offices

Export Inspection Agency Delhi (Head Office)

Address Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India), Thakkar Bapa Smarak Sadan, 2nd floor, DR. Ambedkar Marg Link Road, Behind Jhandewalan Metro Station, Delhi, Delhi
Pin Code 110055
Tel. 011 23626320/21/22/23/24/25/26/27
Fax 23626328
Email Id eia-delhi@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Agra (Sub Office)

Address 3rd Floor, 85/4, Ispat Bhawan, Sanjay Place, Agra, (UP)-I, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Pin Code 282002
Tel. 5622522184
Fax 0562-2522184
Email Id eia-agra@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Indore (Sub Office)

Address 303 , Capt. C.S. Nayudu Arcade 10 /2, Old Palasia, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Pin Code 452001
Tel. 0731-2566057
Fax N/A
Email Id eia-indore@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Jaipur (Sub Office)

Address 201-202 , Tirupati Trade Centre, 4 , Sansar Chandra Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Pin Code 302001
Tel. 0141-2366973
Fax 0141-2366973
Email Id eia-jaipur@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Jalandhar (Sub Office)

Address 1st Floor, CFC Building (council for leather export) Near Sant

Rubber, Leather Complex, Jalandhar, Punjab
Pin Code 144021
Tel. 0181-2651424
Fax N/A
Email Id eia-jalandhar@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Kanpur (Sub Office)

Address MD Plaza, 38 / 105, Meston Road (2nd floor), Near Bada Chuwraha, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Pin Code 208001
Tel. 0512–2369927
Fax 0512–2369927
Email Id eia-kanpur@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Ludhiana (Sub Office)

Address (MOC, Govt of India) First floor , SCO 17 (Near NRI police station), Sector 39,

Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana, Punjab
Pin Code 141010
Tel. 0161–2410083
Fax 0161–2410083
Email Id eia-ludhiana@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Moradabad (Sub Office)

Address 2nd Floor, A-16, Gandhi Nagar, Rampur Road, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
Pin Code 244001
Tel. 0591-2329941
Fax 0591-2329941
Email Id eia-moradabad@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Chennai and their Sub Offices

Export Inspection Agency Chennai (Head Office)

Address 6th. Floor CMDA Tower II, No. : 1 Gandhi Irwin Road, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Pin Code 600008
Tel. +91-44 -28552841/42
Fax +91-44-28552840
Email Id eia-chennai@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Bhimavaram (Sub Office)

Address Door No: 7-150, 2nd Floor, Venkataraju Nagar, Chinnamiram

Juvallapalem Road, West Godavari District, Bhimavaram, Andhra

Pradesh
Pin Code 534204
Tel. 08816–229075
Fax 08816–229075
Email Id N/A

Export Inspection Agency Coimbatore (Sub Office)

Address 1sr Floor, North Wing, Jawan Bhavan,No.27, Travellers Bunglow Road,

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Pin Code 641018
Tel. 0422-2393365
Fax 0422-2233365
Email Id eia-coimbatore@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Hyderabad (Sub Office)

Address B-50, TSIICL, Lakshmis Icon, 4th Floor, Sanath Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana
Pin Code 500018
Tel. 40-23712224
Fax N/A
Email Id eia-hyderabad@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Nagercoil (Sub Office)

Address 125/70 – Water Tank Road,, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu
Pin Code 629001
Tel. 04652–232704
Fax 04652–232704
Email Id eia-nagercoil@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Tuticorin (Sub Office)

Address No. 271,Aishwariya Towers, Sivanthakulam Road, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu
Pin Code 628003
Tel. 0461-2320261
Fax 0461-2339182
Email Id eia-tuticorin@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Visakhapatnam (Sub Office)

Address D. No. 43-18-10/4, T.S.N. Colony, 3rd Floor, Hero Honda Show Room, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Pin Code 530016
Tel. 0891-2747141
Fax 0891-2747141
Email Id eia-vizag@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Nellore (Sub Office)

Address 3rd Floor, South Wing, G.K. Imperial Towers, Door No. 23, Plot No. 468, Kings Court, Magunta Layout, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
Pin Code 524003
Tel. 0861-2359900/0861-2354400
Fax N/A
Email Id eia-nellore@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Kochi and their Sub Offices

Export Inspection Agency Kochi (Head Office)

Address 27/1767 A, Shipyard Quarters Road, Panampilly Nagar (South), Kochi, Kerala
Pin Code 682036
Tel. 0484-2314645/2316946/2316949
Fax 0484-2316948
Email Id eia-kochi@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Bangalore (Sub Office)

Address 2nd Floor, Jeevan Sampige, Building, No.1/1, 2nd Main, Sampige, Road,

Malleswaram, Bangalore, Karnataka
Pin Code 560003
Tel. 080-23444931/23567556
Fax N/A
Email Id eia-bangalore@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Quilon (Sub Office)

Address Shines Complex, 3rd Floor, Chamakada, Quilon, Kerala
Pin Code 691001
Tel. 0474-2749087
Fax 0474-2749087
Email Id eia-quilon@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Mangalore (Sub Office)

Address 1st Floor, Testing Centre, Business Development Park for Export, NH-66, Panambur, Mangalore, Karnataka
Pin Code 575010
Tel. 0824-2496813
Fax 0824-2496813
Email Id eia-mangalore@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Kolkata and their Sub Offices

Export Inspection Agency Kolkata (Head Office)

Address World Trade Centre, 14 /1B Ezra Street, Kolkata, West Bengal
Pin Code 700001
Tel. +91-33-22355018/22355051/22355057
Fax N/A
Email Id eia-kolkata@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Bhubaneswar (Sub Office)

Address IDCO, Plot no. 45/A/1, Chandaka I.E, Patia Near Sai International Commerce

College( SICC), Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Pin Code 751024
Tel. 0674-2556165
Fax 0674-2556165
Email Id eiabhubaneswar@eicindia.org

Export Inspection Agency Dum Dum (Sub Office)

Address 120, Majumderpara, 1st Floor, Jessore Road, Near Airport Gate No. 1, Dum Dum, West Bengal
Pin Code 700079
Tel. N/A
Fax 033-25130573
Email Id eia-dumdum@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Mumbai and their Sub Offices

Export Inspection Agency Mumbai (Head Office)

Address E-3, MIDC, Andheri (East), Mumbai, Maharashtra
Pin Code 400093
Tel. 022-28363396/28363397
Fax 022-23683927
Email Id eia-mumbai@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Ahmadabad (Sub Office)

Address 305, Multi Purpose Sports Complex, Opposite New Cloth Market, Raipur, Ahmadabad, Gujarat
Pin Code 380002
Tel. 079-22162398
Fax 079-22162398
Email Id eia-ahmedabad@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Gandhidham (Sub Office)

Address Room No. F-01, F-02, Old Administrative Office, Kandla Special Economic Zone,

Gandhidham, Gujarat
Pin Code 370230
Tel. 02836-253036
Fax 02836-220836
Email Id eia-gandhidham@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Goa (Sub Office)

Address Y-15, 5th Floor, Building A-1, Jairam Complex, Rua De Ourem, Mala Panaji, Goa, Goa
Pin Code 403001
Tel. 0832-2222380
Fax 0832-2222380
Email Id eia-goa@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Porbandar (Sub Office)

Address 4, Bhojeswar Plot, Porbandar, Gujarat
Pin Code 360575
Tel. 0286-2246376
Fax 0286-2246376
Email Id eia-porbandar@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Pune (Sub Office)

Address 34-D, Swapna Samraj Co-operative House Society, Maharshi Karve Road, Pune,

Maharashtra
Pin Code 411004
Tel. 020-25440819
Fax 020-25440819
Email Id eia-pune@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Rajkot (Sub Office)

Address Sharad Villa, 25, New Jagnath Plot, Rajkot, Gujarat
Pin Code 360001
Tel. 0281-2463620
Fax 0281-2463620
Email Id eia-rajkot@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Bhimavaram (Sub Office)

Address Sahil Mansion, Shivaji Nagar, Maruthi Mandir, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
Pin Code 415612
Tel. 2222589
Fax 0235-2222589
Email Id eia-ratnagiri@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Thane (Sub Office)

Address 102, Shanti Niwas, Mith Bunder Road, Chendani Koliwada, Thane, Maharashtra
Pin Code 400603
Tel. 022-25323260
Fax 022-25323260
Email Id eia-thane@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Baroda (Sub Office)

Address Kuber Bhavan, Rook No.-824, 'I' Block, 8th Floor, Near Kothi, Baroda, Gujarat
Pin Code 390001
Tel. 0265-2415706
Fax 0265-2415706
Email Id eia-baroda@eicindia.gov.in

Export Inspection Agency Veraval (Sub Office)

Address 1st Floor, Jaikishan Complex, 80 Feet Road, New Chandramauleshwar Temple,Veraval, Gujarat
Pin Code 362265
Tel. 02876-245385
Fax 02876-220610
Email Id eia-veraval@eicindia.gov.in

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