The  Agricultural and Processed food Products Export Development Authority( APEDA) was established by the government of India  under the agricultural and processed food Export Development Authority Act passed by the parliament in December, 1985. India is one of the largest exporters of agricultural products. Government of India established APEDA with the objective of promoting agricultural products of India.


  • Development of industries relating to the scheduled products for export by way of providing financial assistance or otherwise for undertaking surveys and feasibility studies, participation in enquiry capital through joint ventures and other reliefs and subsidy schemes;

  • Registration of persons as exporters of the scheduled products on payment of such fees as may be prescribed;

  • Fixing of standards and specifications for the scheduled products for the purpose of exports;

  • Carrying out inspection of meat and meat products in slaughter houses, processing plants, storage premises, conveyances or other places where such products are kept or handled for the purpose of ensuring the quality of such products.

  • Improving of packaging of scheduled products;

  • Training of various aspects of the industries connected with the scheduled products;


APEDA is mandated with the responsibility of export promotion and development of the following scheduled products;

  • Fruits, vegetables and their products.

  • Meat and Meat products.

  • Poultry and poultry products.

  • Dairy Products.

  • Confectionary, biscuits and bakery products.

  • Honey, Jaggery and sugar products.

  • Cocoa and its products, Chocolates of all Kinds;

  • Alcoholic and Non- alcoholic Beverages.

  • Cereal and Cereal Products.

  • Groundnuts, Peanuts and walnuts

  • Pickles, Papads and chutneys.

  • Floriculture and floriculture products

  • Guar Gum

  • Herbal and medicinal plants.


In states which are active in agro products, APEDA has its regional offices there. Virtual offices are also there for many states. Its head office is located in New Delhi.

Any entity who desire to acquire APEDA registration has to start acquiring Import Export Code (IEC) registration. For registration under APEDA the applicant should submit the application form within 1 month from the date of undertaking business.

Once the application is duly filed and paid by the applicant, the authority will issue .If the exporter of scheduled products fails to register within that time limit due to sufficient cause such date can be exempted only by the authority. The APEDA registration is valid for life for the entity until there are some non-compliances or irregularities; the authority has the power to cancel the registration.



  • With respect to the export of scheduled products, APEDA registration is mandatory.

  • Exporters can avail various financial assistance schemes by APEDA.

  • It helps the exporters in brand publicity through advertisement, packaging development, database up gradation and surveys etc.

  • Provide guidance to exporters about various products and countries to export.

  • Registered members can participate in training programs organized by APEDA for various scheduled products and thereby improve their business.


  • Copy of Import- Export Code issued by Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

  • Bank Certificate Duly signed by the Authorities.

  • If the applicant firm is a Company, then submit a Self-attested copy of MOA & AOA; If the applicant is a Partnership firm then submit the self-attested copy of the Partnership deed; If the applicant is a Society or Association then submit AOA & MOA.

  • Bank statement of the account of  the firm( Not older than 2 Months)

  •  Copy of Cancelled cheque.


Every Exporter shall furnish quarterly return/details of his export of different commodities to concerned registering authority. Incase exporter is registered with FIEO, and then he shall also send quarterly returns to the FIEO in the specified format.