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How To Export Tea From India

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Introduction: Export Tea

A parliamentary act established the tea industry, which is regarded as one of the most significant industries. The Indian Tea Cess Bill, which first imposed a cess on tea exports, gave rise to the establishment of the Tea Board in India in 1903. Section 4 of the Tea Act of 1953, as well as the Central Tea Board and the Indian Tea Licensing Committee, which were established by the Central Tea Board in 1949 and replaced the Indian Tea Control Act of 1938, govern the regulation and promotion of tea both inside and outside of India. The international tea agreement mandates both the regulation of tea cultivation for export and the promotion of tea consumption. The tea board has taken a number of actions to increase domestic tea production, quality, and productivity as well as to unite local sellers and foreign buyers on a single platform, advance technology, and introduce innovation for high-quality tea products in India.

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Increasing the amount of tea exported from India to foreign markets at every stage of the tea industry, research and innovation on tea plantations increase the capacity of human resources. Let's go through the licensing process for the export business. 

Tea Board’s Organizational Structure And Functions 

The Tea Board is regarded as the Central Government's statutory body, falling under the Commerce Ministry. The Board is made up of 31 people, including members of parliament, tea producers, traders, brokers, consumers, government representatives from the states that produce tea, and trade union representatives. The board is appointed for a three-year term.

The committee includes the following members:

  1. Executive committee
  2. Export promotion committee
  3. Labor welfare committee
  4. Development Committee
  5. Licensing committee for North India 
  6. Licensing committee for south India

The executive committee deals with the administrative matters of the board, and the export promotion committee deals with the work with respect to the export promotion of tea. The Labor Committee deals with the matter of the implementation of various welfare measures for the benefit of the workers within the board.
 
The board's head office is located in Kolkata, West Bengal under the act: the secretariat head by the Secretary looks at the establishment and administration of and coordinates with the various departments of the office of the Boards. The establishment of the branch is headed by the assistant secretary for the administration of matters pertaining to the staff of the board’s office.

The finance wing is dealt with by the Finance Advisor and Chief Accountant Officer, who are responsible for the maintenance of accounts, the release of finance for the tea gardens, and internal audits. Of the quality of the goods, there are licenses required to be obtained from the importing nation where the goods are going to be sent as well as the quality assurance of the nation where the goods are manufactured.

  • IEC license and DGFT

The import-export code is issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The holding of the IEC license holds certain exceptions as well.

  • Licensing from the Tea Board

The exporter needs to register with the tea board for RCMC as per the export-import policy of India to avail the benefit. The benefits for the grant of RCMC from the tea board are like importing tea products for export purposes and as a merchant for the trade and import of the tea materials, getting them manufactured, and opting for the export process of the end product.

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Exporters who want to export tea must fill out an application form with the tea board to become a registered exporter of tea. The registered exporter shall obtain the RCMC as a tea export, for which the applicant must apply in the prescribed format and submit it to the Tea Board's nearest regional office.

  • Licensing application procedure from the Tea Board

The application to the Tea Board for the RCMC license, for which the procedure is:

  1. Login to the webpage of the eGiCCS portal of the Tea board India to grant the registration and grant of the consent and membership certificate.
  2. The applicant name and details, and company name and contact details.
  3. Through the login portal, the applicant has to register through the Registration cum membership Certificate (RCMC). 
  4. Provide the details of the business, IEC code and other details relating to the article, 
  5. The name and address of the branch offices, details of the Company, SSI registration, export license and save the same.
  6. Attach the documents and save to the next, and proceed for online payment of the registration fee.
  7. The applicant has to download the form and submit the same, to the tea board.
  8. The application shall be submitted, and take printout of the application for the future.
  9. The board shall issue the Registration cum membership certificate (RCMC) within two days from the date of receipt of the application.

Documents Required For The Grant Of The RCMC From The Tea Board

For the grant of the license from the Tea Board, the applicant has to submit the following documents, such as:

  1. Application form in the prescribed format along with the seal and date of the proprietor, Director, and other authorized signatories.
  2. Copy of IEC from DGFT License.
  3. Copy of Tea board exporter license
  4. Declaration in the Company and applicant with the monthly export returns.
  5. D.D.  in favor of the Tea Board, Kolkata.
  • GSP

The GSP started in 1971 with the principle of the "generalized system of preferences" as defined under the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It began in the European Union (EU) with the goal of bringing about change in developing countries. 

The GSP is an autonomous commercial policy instrument with the motive of development. Tariffs are considered one of the classical commercial policy instruments. It was created with the goal of giving developing countries preferential treatment over developed countries and giving them better access to export markets than developed Lets understand the documents required for the export of documents from India.

  • Import export code from DGFT
  • Phytosanitary documents
  • FDA registration certificate
  • FSSAI license
  • Phytosanitary documents
  • Letter of credit
  • Quality check of goods
  • Bill of exchange
  • Export purchase order
  • Proforma invoice
  • Bill of export

Conclusion

Tea is being exported at a high rate, and the Indian Tea Board is actively promoting and expanding the country's tea industry through its work with the ministry of commerce. Since the last few years, the production of Indian tea has increased exponentially, and the Indian tea market has expanded throughout the world. The Tea Board is an organization that promotes exports. Participation in international trade shows, exhibitions, and the planning of promotional events, fosters the expansion of the Indian tea industry. Consult our expert team for more information on tea exports or business compliance.

DGFT License

Corpseed will be liaising partners for your import/export license requirement and policy/procedures. We can handhold you through the complete licensing formalities with the Director General Foreign Trade (DGFT).

Tea Board Registration

Team Corpseed will help your organization to draft and file application to tea board for registration cum member certificate. We deal in end to end process of certification for tea board.

Import Export Code

IEC (Import Export Code) license is mandatory certificate to get before starting any business related to import or export of goods from one country to another. Apply for IEC Code to avoid any penalties from port authorities. No Hidden Fees.

This portion of the site is for informational purposes only. The content is not legal advice. The statements and opinions are the expression of author, not corpseed, and have not been evaluated by corpseed for accuracy, completeness, or changes in the law.

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Hi, I am Ravikant Rai, a Technology Lawyer, who graduated with B. A. LL. B. (Hons.) from the school of law and legal affairs at Noida International University I have two years of experience writing about law as a freelancer and aspiring lawyer. In addition, I have experience writing, Content creation and researching legal information. Various articles on business and corporate law, cyber law and cyber security have been authored by me. I currently work in technology deals, corporate, fintech, and cyber law, etc. I have written documents on a variety of subjects, including software licensing, license to use, terms of service, privacy policy, cloud computing service, data security, confidentiality, and data protection, as well as shareholder and founder requirements.

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