Registration-Cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC)


Registration-Cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC) is a certificate that validates an exporter dealing with products registered with an agency / organization that are authorized by the Indian Government. The certificate is issued for five years by the Export Promotional Councils or commodity board in India. An exporter desiring to obtain an RCMC has to declare his mainstream business in the application. This application would be submitted to the Export Promotion Council / Commodity Board relating to that line of business.


An individual applying for the following purposes can apply for this certificate.

  • An authorization to import / export on restricted items

  • To seek benefits or concession under Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) like duty drawback, duty credit scrips, etc.

Certificate of Registration as an Exporter of Spices (CRES) that is issued by the Spices Board will be considered as RCMC and no other RCMC will be applied with any other Export Promotional Councils (EPC).

Guidelines for Registration

  • When applying for RCMC, an exporter has to declare the mainstream business. Moreover, the RCMC has to be obtained from the Export Promotional Council, depending on the business. If a person is running a coconut business, the person comes under Coconut Development Board.

  • If the person does not belong to any mentioned export promotion council, then the person can directly apply for the certificate at FIEO (Federation of Indian Exporters Organization).

  • Those multi-product exporters who are not registered with any EPC, or if the stream of business is yet to be confirmed, then the exporter has an option to obtain RCMC from FIEO.

  • For multi-product exporters having their head office / registered office in north-eastern states, RCMC can be obtained from Shellac and Forest Product Export Promotional Council, unless it is for the products that are looked after by APEDA, Spices Board and Tea Board.

  • The exporters of handicrafts and handloom products belonging to the state of Jammu and Kashmir authorized to issue Registration-Cum-Membership Certificates.

RCMC Registration under Export Promotional Council

A total number of 26 Export Promotion Councils and 9 commodities board are present in India. Commodities board and the Export Promotional Councils (EPC) in India are the concerned authorities for issuing RCMC. These institutions have been authorized by the Central Government to issue RCMC to the exporters. Every EPC and the commodities board in India categories itself depending on the type of products, In case, if the product line of exporter does not come under the category, then he shall apply for RCMC from FIEO.