RCMC Certificate - Registration cum Membership Certificate

It's obvious, registering your business under multiple authorities has its own benefits. The same stands true about obtaining the Registration Cum Membership Certificate (RCMC). The RCMC certificate authenticates an exporter who deals with products registered with an agency or authority of the government. The certificate is valid for five years. The RCMC is granted by any of the three bodies of Foreign Trade Policy i.e. an Export Promotion Council (EPC)/ Development Authority/ Commodity Board  or any other competent authority.

These bodies are authorised to act as Registering Authorities by the DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade). There are currently 35 organisations that act as Registering Authorities. Exporters are compulsorily required to register with EPC citing their main line of business.

27 Export Promotion Councils
6 Commodity Boards
2 Development Authorities

RCMC is issued as a certificate proving that any particular exporter is registered with the relevant authority. It is a certificate issued by Export Promotional Councils or Commodity Board of India to authorize an exporter to export/import and avail various benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy. The sole purpose of these bodies maximize the growth exporters. They are divided into different sectors, each one responsible for a particular group of products.

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  • RCMC License

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  • Businesses looking to get RCMC License.
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Preparation of Documents and filing with department

Documents Required

๐Ÿ‘‰ Copy of the Partnership Deed in case of a Partnership Firm.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Copy of the COI, MOA and AOA in case of a Company.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Copy of the Trust Deed in case of a Trust.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Details of the names, residential addresses, contact numbers and other relevant details of the Partners/Directors, as the case may be.

๐Ÿ‘‰ For the manufacturing segment, copy of proof that the applicant is a manufacturer (SSI Registration, SIA Certification).

๐Ÿ‘‰ Preceding yearโ€™s export turnover figure certified by a Chartered Accountant is mandatory.
๐Ÿ‘‰ In the case of no exports, NIL certificate to be obtained.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Annual Membership Fees applicable to be paid via Demand Draft or Cheque payable, drawn in favor of โ€œElectronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Councilโ€ payable at New Delhi.

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RCMC is necessary to avail the following benefits

๐Ÿ‘‰ Authorization to export or import any item.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Benefits and concessions under the FTP including โ€“

a) Advanced License.

b) Duty Drawback Scheme.

c) Deemed Export Benefit.

d) Duty-Free Import Authorization (DFIA) Scheme.

e) RODTEP Scheme.

f) Zero duty Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) scheme.

g) Any other licenses to import or export.

h) At the time of export, no need for a Bank Guarantee.

i) Access to Trade Fairs and Catalogue Shows in India and abroad.

j) Access through foreign companies to buyer-seller matching.

   Registration Procedure of RCMC

Form ANF โ€“ 2C is the application form that needs to be filled in and submitted with the ESC. It will comprise of the following details:-


1. Name and Address of the concerned Export Promotion Council.

2. Name of the Applicant.

3. Registered Office Address of the Applicant.

4. Name and Address of branches (if any).

5. Import Export Code number and details.

6. Export House Certificate number.

7. Product for which registration is sought.

8. Declare the main line of business.

Documents to be Submitted along with RCMC Registration Form

๐Ÿ‘‰ Copy of the Partnership Deed in case of a Partnership Firm.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Copy of the COI, MOA and AOA in case of a Company.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Copy of the Trust Deed in case of a Trust.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Details of the names, residential addresses, contact numbers and other relevant details of the Partners/Directors, as the case may be.

๐Ÿ‘‰ For the manufacturing segment, copy of proof that the applicant is a manufacturer (SSI Registration, SIA Certification).

๐Ÿ‘‰ Self-attested copy of the Import Export Code issued by the DGFT.๐Ÿ‘‰ Preceding yearโ€™s export turnover figure certified by a Chartered Accountant is mandatory.
๐Ÿ‘‰ In the case of no exports, NIL certificate to be obtained.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Annual Membership Fees applicable to be paid via Demand Draft or Cheque payable, drawn in favor of โ€œElectronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Councilโ€ payable at New Delhi.

Under Which EPC/ Commodity Board The Exporter Has To Register?

For whom is it mandatory for getting an RCMC certificate?

As per the Export-Import Policy of India, any person or firm, or company must hold an RCMC Certificate if it wants to apply for export permission must use. One may also apply for a certificate/ license to import or wishes to avail various benefits or concessions under Foreign Trade Policy like duty credit scripts, duty drawback, etc.

Export Promotion Councils (EPCs)/Commodity Boards are exporters set up to promote and develop Indian exports. Each Council/Board is responsible for fostering a particular group of products/ projects/services as given in Appendix 2T of Appendices and Aayat Niryat Forms (AANF). EPCs/Commodity Boards are also eligible to function as Registering Authorities which are notified by DGFT to issue Registration-cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC) to its members. There are 28 Export promotion councils and nine commodities boards in India.
Each of the EPC & commodities boards in India categories itself according to the type of products; for example, Council for Leather Exports is responsible for looking after the exports of Leather and Leather products. An exporter shall apply to the EPC/Commodity Board according to his main line of business to obtain RCMC. Further, in case the product line of the exporter does not fall under any category, he might apply for RCMC from FIEO.

How to Apply?

A duly filled application with the Export Promotional Council (EPC) will be filed using Form ANF 2C. The exporter can be registered under two categories; Merchant exporter and Manufacturing Exporter. If an exporter chooses the option of manufacturing exporter, he will have to submit proof of that.

Further, the following points may be helpful to the exporter regarding RCMC registration:

๐Ÿ‘‰ While applying for RCMC, an exporter has to declare his main line of business. The RCMC should be obtained from the Export Promotional Council, based on the line of business. e.g. In case, if an exporter is dealing in coconut, he will fall under Coconut Development Board and apply for RCMC.
๐Ÿ‘‰ In case an export product is not covered by export promotional council/Commodity Board etc. RCMC, in such a case, shall be obtained from FIEO (Federation of Indian Exporters Organisation).
๐Ÿ‘‰ In case of multi-product exporters not registered with any EPC, or where the line of business is yet to be settled, then the exporter shall have an option to obtain RCMC from FIEO.
๐Ÿ‘‰ For Multiple product exporters having their head office/ registered office in north-eastern states, RCMC may be obtained from Shellac and Forest Products Export Promotional Council (except for the product looked after by APEDA, Spices Board and Tea board).

๐Ÿ‘‰ In case of exporters of handicrafts and handloom products from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Director, Handicrafts, Government of Jammu & Kashmir is authorized to issue Registration Cum Membership Certificates (RCMC).
๐Ÿ‘‰ Prospective / potential exporters may also, on application, register and become an associate member of an EPC.

Registration Cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC)

Registration-Cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC) means a certificate of registration and membership granted by an Export Promotion Council/ Commodity Board/ Development Authority or other competent authority as prescribed in FTP or Handbook of Procedures. There are 37 such Promotion Councils/Board/Authority that is authorized to issue RCMC.

A person applying for

(a) An Authorisation to import/export (except items) listed as Restricted items in ITC(HS)or

(b) Any other benefit or concession under FTP must furnish or upload complete information in the importer-exporter profile on DGFT's website the RCMC granted by a competent authority by the procedure specified in HBP unless exempted explicitly under FTP. Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices(CRES) issued by 'Spices board' will be considered as RCMC under Foreign Trade Policy.


An exporter engaged in export business can become a member of Export Promotion Councils/Board/Authority. The prospective members must apply the prescribed application form with the prescribed fee to the concerned Promotion council/ Board/ Authority. The RCMC can be issued as a merchant exporter, manufacturer exporter or merchant-cum-manufacturer exporter as per the document submitted. Now online registration procedure for RCMC is also available on the concerned export promotion council/board/authority web page.

How & where we Assist you

๐Ÿ‘‰ Preparation and filing of application with the concerned Export Promotion Council/Commodity Board/Development Authority or other competent authority.

๐Ÿ‘‰ And obtaining RCMC

  Where exporter can register to get RCMC certificate?

1. FIEO (Federation of Indian Exporters Organizations Or a concerned Export Promotion Council is authorized to issue RCMC(Registration cum Membership Certificate).

2. Different Export Promotion councils are responsible for issuing RCMC Certificates about different product export/imports. Central Government has so far authorized 26 EPC and 9 Commodities Boards in India. These Institutions hold the authority to issue RCMC to a particular exporter.

3. Each Export Promotion Council and Commodities board has been categorized according to the product they promote.

4. However, if any Export Promotion Council does not cover any export product, you can obtain an RCMC Certificate from FIEO(Federation of Indian Export Organization) regarding the product thereof.

5. Exporters of multi-product having a head office /registered office in north-eastern states, RCMC Certificate in respect of Export of forest produce and their value-added product shall be issued by Shellac and Forest Products Export Promotion Council known as SHEFEXIL.( except for the product covered by APEDA, spice board, and tea board).

6. Electronic and Computer Software EPC is responsible for issuing RCMC Certificate to Software Exporters.

7. As per the listing of Handbook of Procedures, Exporters of 14 Services shall register themselves with services EPC.

8. Exporters of services other than listed in the Handbook or Procedures must register with FIEO.

  Membership of FIEO

๐Ÿ‘‰ A status holder means an exporter having a recognition certificate issued by the DGFT as Star Trading House/ Premier Trading House/Export House/ Star Export House may approach FIEO to obtain RCMC Certificate.

๐Ÿ‘‰ If any EPC does not cover the products/services exported by Exporters dealing in multiple items can register with FIEO & can obtain an RCMC Certificate under the Multi-Products Group Category of FIEO.

๐Ÿ‘‰  FIEO: Indiaโ€™s apex body of all export promotion organizations offers double advantages to the registered exporters as they get entitled to all the benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy and the services and global reach of FIEO.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Suppose an exporter is not willing to register for RCMC Certificate. In that case, he/she is also eligible to get enrolled as a member of FIEO under the individual Exporter Category and avail of FIEOโ€™s services.

  Registration Process

An application using the form ANF shall be filed with the concerned Export Promotional Council. Registration can be filed under two categories

1. Merchant Exporter.

2. Manufacturing Exporter.

If an exporter files a registration application as a Manufacturer exporter, he requires furnishing evidence to that effect. Prospective and potential exporters can also Register to become associate members of EPC,

As per the Handbook of Procedures, an applicant is required to file an application in a specified format carrying the following documents along with.

  1. Application Form for Registration-cum-Membership, with the mention and specification of the product for which the registration is been sought.
  2. A self-attested copy of the Importer Exporter Code Number, obtained from the concerned licensing authority.
  3. A certificate issued by Bank certifying the applicantโ€™s financial soundness.
  4. If registration is sought as a manufacturer exporter then SSI/IEM certificate is mandatory.
  5. A declaration in respect of the exports and imports effected during the preceding financial year.
  6. If the application is filed by is a company then submitting the Memorandum of Association and partnership deed in case of Partnership firms is mandatory.
Sl.โ€Šโ€ŠEntity Type
โ€ŠAmount (Rs.)
โ€Š1โ€ŠIndividual ExporterRs. 6,250/-
โ€Š2โ€ŠMulti-Products GroupRs. 6,250/-โ€Š
โ€Š3โ€ŠService Providersโ€ŠRs. 6,250/-
โ€Š4โ€ŠFTZ units/ EOUsโ€ŠRs. 9,375/-
โ€Š5โ€ŠOne Star Export Houseโ€ŠRs. 9,375/-
โ€Š6โ€ŠTwo Star Export Houseโ€ŠRs. 12,500/-
โ€Š7โ€ŠThree Star Export Houseโ€ŠRs. 25,000/-
โ€Š8โ€ŠFour Star Export Houseโ€ŠRs. 50,000/-
โ€Š9โ€ŠFive Star Export Houseโ€ŠRs. 93,750/-
โ€Š10โ€ŠState Export Organizationโ€ŠRs. 6,250/-


Terms of Validity

The RCMC Certificate is issued for the term of 5 years. The validity of the RCMC Certificate shall remain for 5(Five) years, beginning from 1st April just like financial year of the licensing year in which it was issued and ending on 31st March of the 5th year unless otherwise is specified.

Compliance Furnishing Report

Registered exporters must furnish quarterly returns and details of their exports to the concerned EPC. However, the status holder provides only the quarterly returns in a specified format.

Change in Constitution

Within one month, changes in personal particulars like name, constitution, ownership or address of an RCMC Certificate holder, it is obligatory on their part to intimate such changes to the concerned authority. The registering authority can consider a genuine reason for the delay if an applicant submits necessary evidence well justifying the delay.


In case of violation of conditions of registration, registering authority may de-register an RCMC Certificate holder before de-registration defaulters are served with SCN & are asked for a fair chance for hearing.

Appeal against De-registration

An aggrieved party has s right to appeal to DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade) or other designated authority against the action of de-registration within days from the decision of de-registration appellate authority shall be binding.

  FAQ for Membership:

Q1. What is Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH)?

EPCH was established under the Companies Act in the year 1986-87 as a non-profit organisation. EPCH works with the object to promote, support, protect, maintain and increase the export of handicrafts.

Q3. What is the mandatory document for EPCH's Registration?

Importer Exporter Code issued by DGFT office is the mandatory document for issuing Registration certificate under Foreign Trade Policy.

Q4. Is there any option to apply for Membership through online as well as offline?

Yes. There are options to apply online, which is available through the EPCH web portal Apply for Membership-How to apply. Also, you can get an application form on payment of Rs.100/- from EPCH New Delhi and all regional offices.

Q5. How much time does it take to become the registered member of the Council?

After receiving the application with supporting documents, membership and Registration-cum-Membership certificate will be issued within 30 days maximum.

Q6. Are, there any other offices of EPCH?

Yes, EPCH has its Regional offices/Representative offices at Moradabad, Kolkata Bangalore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Guwahati, Narsapur, Saharanpur, Common Facility Centre at Saharanpur and extension counter at Agra.

Q8. Can we apply online for Membership?

Yes, You can apply for online Membership through the EPCH website Member Section-Membership/ Registration (One time process & can make online payment also).
Q9. Can we get Membership Certificate & RCMC certificate online?

No, Membership/Registration Certificate will be dispatched by Registered Post.

Q10. Is export performance is required for becoming member of the Council?

Exporters having nil export performance in handicrafts can also enrol as a member of the Council.

Q. 11. Any other mandatory document for issuing Membership?

Code of conduct as given can be downloaded and submitted on a minimum of Rs.10/- stamp paper with signature and stamp.

Q12. Whether membership fee is for one time?

Please note that Entrance Fees are one-time Membership fees paid annually, which will be due at the beginning of the financial year and paid by 30th June.

Q13. Can in house publication be subscribed?

Yes. To obtain an in-house journal, i.e. CRAFTCIL, to know about the general nature of the handicraft sector, an interested person can subscribe on payment of Rs.1000/- + 18% GST (April-March) along with the complete address and contact details. Please note such subscribers cannot participate in Council's activities.

Q 14. Whether membership and Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate are two different documents?

Yes, these two are different documents for licensing. Membership is for an exporter as per membership guidelines, M.O.A & A.O.A. of the said Council. At the same time, RCMC is issued by the Council as per Foreign Trade Policy. Both are subject to requisite documents.

Q. 15. Whether there is a separate fee for the RCMC?

No, there is no separate fee for obtaining Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC).

Q2. How to obtain membership of the Council?

Any person, H.U.F, firm or association of person, joint-stock company or other corporation or a co-operative society engaged in the export of Handicrafts can become a member. The prospective members must apply on the prescribed application form by paying Rs. 100/-. The entrance fee in the year of Enrollment is Rs. 2500/- and the Annual memberships fee is Rs. 5000/- (Total Rs.7500+ GST Applicable (18%) = Rs.8850/-).

Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts
Beneficiary Address:   EPCH House,  Pocket 6&7, Sector-C, L.S.C., Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070
BANK:                      PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK
BRANCH:                 MAHIPALPUR, NEW DELHI-110037
ACCOUNT NO.         00291010002970
IFSC CODE NO:       PUNB0002910

Membership of the Council is a pre-condition for obtaining (RCMC) under Foreign Trade Policy. The RCMC can be obtained either as a โ€˜Merchant Exporterโ€™, โ€˜Manufacturer Exporterโ€™ or โ€˜Merchant-cum-Manufacturer Exportersโ€™ as per documents submitted.
Annual Subscription is Rs. 5000/-+ 18% GST = (total Rs.5900/-).

Q7. What are the services being provided to its members by the Council?

The services of Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts to its members are as follows:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Providing commercially useful information and assistance to members in developing and increasing exports.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Offering professional advice and services to members in areas of technology up gradation, quality and design improvement, standards and specifications, product development, innovation etc.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Organizing visits of delegation of its members abroad to explore overseas market opportunities.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Participating in specialized International Trade Fairs of handicrafts & gifts. 
๐Ÿ‘‰ Organizing Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair in India
๐Ÿ‘‰   Interaction between exporting community and Govt. both at the Central and State level and represents in almost all the committees / panels of Central and State.
๐Ÿ‘‰ To create an environment of awareness through Workshops on "Export Marketing, Procedures and Documentation", Packaging, Design Development, Buyer Seller Meet, Open House etc. interaction with Central and State Govt. and various other similar programs.
๐Ÿ‘‰ The activities of the EPCH, notification of Govt. orders, information on Trade Fairs and other relevant information is disseminated through its journal CRAFTCIL.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Also can get financial benefit by participating in Councilโ€™s led activities i.e; International fairs/Exhibitions, BSMS etc;  under Market Development Assistance(MDA) as well as Market Access Initiative Scheme.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Duty free Import Certification, subject to application in the prescribed format with the requisite documents as given at
๐Ÿ‘‰ Duty draw back & other benefits/incentives announced in Foreign Trade Policies from time to time for the handicraft sector.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Certification of Handicrafts items, subject to application in the prescribed format with the requisite documents as given at
๐Ÿ‘‰ CITES approved Vriksh Certificate
๐Ÿ‘‰ Visa recommendation letter, subject to required documents.

Q. 16. Whether membership is compulsory for obtaining RCMC and issued on yearly basis?

Yes, it is mandatory to obtain membership with the Council to obtain RCMC. It is renewed every year by payment of annual subscription fees.