APEC- Apparel Export Promotion Council

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Apparel Export Promotion Council is a nodal agency for the promotion of ready-made garments from India. The Council is the crucial link between Indian Garments Exporter and Global Markets. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and is the only institution at the national level recognized under Foreign Trade Policy.

Registration-cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC) through AEPC

An exporter of textiles is required to get a Registration-cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC) from the AEPC for availing various benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy. For registration purposes, AEPC has been recognized by the Government as an Export Promotion Council.

Who can get AEPC-RCMC?

Any applicant who is an exporter of garments whether manufacturer exporter or merchant exporter shall be eligible to be registered as a

  • Registered Exporter
  • Member exporter
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Eligibility for Register Exporter

  • The Applicant is a registered firm/company/Individual (proprietor the proprietor must be of 18 years of age)
  • The Applicant must not be an undischarged insolvent
  • The Applicant must have IE Code as provided by DGFT and Digital Signature Certificate

Documents Required

  • Application form- can be downloaded from this site
  • A self-certified copy of the IEC certificate.
  • An Undertaking on non-judicial stamp paper duly notarized
  • A self-attested copy of Memorandum & Articles of Association /Partnership deed/Certificate of Registrar of firm etc. as the case may be
  • In case Manufacturer exporter self-attested copy of SSI
  • Certificate/Letter of Intent/Industrial License /Acknowledgement issued by the concerned Authority duly self-attested.

Registration Fee

  • Entrance fee for New Registration Rs. 1180/-
  • Annual Fee Rs. 9440/-

Eligibility For Member Exporter

In addition to the qualifications of a Registered Exporter, the Applicant must have the following.

  • The aggregate export performance of clothes of the firm/company is quite Rs. 1 crore during the previous three financial years.

Documents Required

  • Prescribed Application form duly filled
  • Exporter's turnover during the previous three Financial years duly certified by a Chartered Accountant / Banker.
  • Original Registration cum Membership Certificate of Registered Exporter.
  • The application for Conversion from Registered Exporter to Member Exporter alongside the above documents could also be submitted either at Registered Office/Head Office of the Council or at concerned branches of the Council.

Registration fee

  • Rs. 9440/ for annual subscription as a registered exporter.
  • Rs.1770/- as entrance fee for member exporter

Subsidies or schemes under AEPC for exporters

There are various schemes and supports that can be availed of by exporters under the aegis of the AEPC. Let’s consider some of them:

  • AEPC’s market development schemes, which include Exporters Availed Market Access Initiative Scheme, Technology Upgradation Funds Scheme, Market Development Assistance Scheme, Focus Market Scheme, Textile Centre Infrastructure Development Scheme, Apparel Park, Scheme for Integrated Textiles Parks, and Special Economic Zones.
  • Interest Equalisation Scheme, or interest subvention, is an interest deduction available on pre- and post-shipment export credit, such as packing credit.
  • Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme was introduced to facilitate new and appropriate technology.
  • Rebate of State Levies Scheme supports the textile sector to provide zero-rated export taxes and raise the overall level of competitiveness in the global market


Once you are a member, you will need to renew your membership with the AEPC every year; non-renewal can lead to automatic cancellation.

If membership is not renewed in the preceding year, then membership will be ceased and a fresh membership needs to be obtained for being a member in next preceding years.

  • Member Exporters: Rs. 11210
  • Registered Exporter: Rs. 10620

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Recent Updates

AEPC thanks Ministers of Textiles, Finance, Commerce & Industry for Timely Release of Funds.

Sept 10 2020

The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) was able to clear all dues under the Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies (RoSCTL) scheme for the fiscal year 2020-21, due to the timely release of funds by the Ministers of Textiles, Finance, Commerce & Industry

The chairman of AEPC further said, “This scheme has been the backbone of policy support for the industry and will surely restore not just the competitiveness of the industry, but also positive sentiments for achieving higher export targets. This has been the request of our members in the Apparel Export Industry for a long time and who would definitely benefit from this measure.”

Free Trade Agreement Implementation Demand

13th July: The Apparel Export Promotion Council has appealed to the Honourable Prime Minister of India to execute implementation of free trade agreements with Europe, US, UK, and Australia. It will help to double the apparel exports in 3 years.

AEPC Urges Government to Enhance the MSME’s Loan Limit to ₹100 Crore

30th June: To provide financial support to MSMEs, the Apparel Export Promotion Council has urged the Union Government to increase the limit of outstanding loan limit to Rs 100 Crore under the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS).

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