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How to Export Fruit Jams and Jelly from India

Businesses and individuals interested in exporting jams and jellies made from fruit must proceed by carefully following the steps below.

With the growing market for Indian Fruit level jams and jellies, the market for preserved fruit is expanding exponentially. A large portion of the total fruit production is utilised for the manufacturing and distribution of preserved products like Fruit jams and jelly, and only a maximum of 20% of the total output is used for direct consumption. 

The progress of the fruit jam industry is dramatically rising in India due to the high consumer demand and the government’s promotion of the levelling up of such industries. Processed fruit products typically include Jams, jelly cookies, etc. 

The Indian Fruit Trade in Brief:-

The temperature in India is ideal for growing a variety of fruits, and it is also an excellent place to grow several particular fruits, such as papayas, mangos, and bananas. 

The geographical location is an advantage for growing a myriad of fruits. India was in the first place, making it the top fruit grower in the world. Despite the enormous variety of fruits produced, processed fruits, including jams, jellies, and other products, are the most popular in India. 

The National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) was founded to meet the high level of production and processing of the fruits because most of the production originates from States like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, etc. Some importing nations are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, the UK, Qatar, Italy, Japan, the USA, etc.

Types of Fruits Used for Making Jams and Jellies

  • Pineapple\grapes, oranges, mangoes, pomegranates, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, apricots, plums, etc.
  • Certification of Quality Standards for the Exporting of Processed Fruit from India
  • Whether a product is intended for human consumption, such as fruit jams and jellies, it must be certified to ensure its quality. To benefit from the relevant quality requirements of India and authorised agencies, exporting products must also be certified to ensure their quality.
  • Export Promotion Council’s RCMC (EPC)
  • A person from the export promotion Council (EPC) or primary commodities boards authorised for export purposes is given the registration cum-membership certificate. The board also aids in the growth and promotion of the companies per the foreign trade policy. For export, the application form must be submitted to the board.
  • Origin Certification
  • Different agencies must grant permission to export the items’ Certificate of Origin and Export Permission.
  • FSSAI Registration for Certificate.

The Food and Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), governed by the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006, requires the exporter to have the FSSAI certification. Through the FSSAI, the quality of the fruit products is ensured, determining whether the product meets the minimum standards of fruits and food grade. 

Additionally, it guarantees the standards for consumable items and assures anyone seeking to export fruits and closely related manufactured goods such jams and jellies that the goods are of edible quality—a unique licence. 

Fruit jams and jellies must have a separate license for exporting purposes; the license obtained for producing these commodities has no bearing on exporting the goods. For the export of the goods produced at the Manufacturer’s manufacturing facility, a separate license from the FSSAI is required. Five years from the date of registration is the FSSAI license’s expiration date.

The APEDA License

The agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) is governed by the agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act, 1985, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Obtaining licences requires various documentation from the exporter to the APEDA authority. 

The APEDA aims to promote development by offering financial support and subsidies to companies and exporters for unique goods made from various agricultural methods, including fruits, vegetables, honey, jaggery, dairy products, cocoa, chocolates, nuts, and guar gum. 

Under the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP), APEDA needs to serve as the National Accreditation Board (NAB) for the organic products, fruit jams, and jellies produced. APEDA inspects the quality of the jams and related products.

Certification by DGFT and IEC

Before beginning the export of fruit jams and jellies, the exporter must get the import-export code. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, provides and oversees the IEC. For access to government initiatives and advantages through the DGFT portal, the export must Enroll IEC with the DGFT. 

The IEC for the company is still in effect today. The IEC is necessary when the Customs Board exports the goods and when the transactions from the importing country to the exporter’s bank are complete. In addition, the applicant needs to know the HS code.

Licensing GSP

To help developing and impoverished nations, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) established the Generalised System Preference (GSP) in 1971. India gained indirectly from the GSP for the exported goods, and the majority of them were allowed duty-free entry and lower export duties. The products exported from India gain greatly from this and enjoy competitive marketplaces among developed nations.

Authorisation from Nations for Imports

The importing nation must grant permission for the products to be exported, and that nation’s customs board and quality cheque board must grant clearance. The import-export procedures are made easier by the trade deals between nations.

Documents Needed for Fruit Products Export from India

The following documents are required for the export of Fruit jams and jelly. The export of Fruit jams and jelly requires numerous documents and licences from various authorities in India and abroad.

  • Certificate of Company Incorporation.
  • Bank Information on the company.
  • Registration certificate for APEDA
  • DGFT registration, NPOP certification (for organic jams and jellies), and IEC licence.
  • RCMC from the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) FSSAI certification certificate, the Export Promotion Council (EPC), commodity boards, or.
  • For some countries, phytosanitary certification is.
  • Certification as a Narcotics Commissioner.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture’s consent.
  • Individual board certification
  • Exporting Fruit Products’ HS Code
  • Invoice of Lading
  • Exchange Bill
  • Document of credit
  • A sample invoices
  • Letter of authorisation from the importing country.


  1. Exporting fruit jams and jellies requires registration with various authorities to guarantee the quality of the products being sent abroad and to ensure maximum compliance with regulations for the company’s benefit.
  2. Such as a bonus for manufacturing the fruits and jams using organic methods and tagging them with the NPOP. If you need any signified services regarding Contracts and other related queries, Vakilsearch can help you. Get in touch with us today!

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