Registration Cum Membership Certificate RCMC

The Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) or any of the Export Promotion Councils (EPC) or Commodity Boards issue RCMC (Registration Cum Membership Certificate). The certificate is valid for 5 years and its possession makes an exporter eligible for all the benefits of the respective parent organization.

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RCMC Registration

The Registration Cum Membership Certificate (RCMC) is a certificate of authorization to import or export products restricted under the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP). It is usually issued by the Export Promotion Councils(EPCs), Commodity Boards and Export Development Authorities established by the Director General of Foreign Trade for each restricted product. RCMC also acts as proof of membership/registration of an exporter with a particular EPC/Commodity Board/Export Development Authority. RCMC is obtained to avail concession provided under the FTP for the import/export of restricted items.

Registering Authorities for RCMC Application

Registering Authorities are empowered to issue RCMC to the exporter/importers. The DGFT authorizes the Export Promotion Councils, Commodity Boards and Export Development Authority to act as registering authorities. They are an organization of exporters formed to promote and develop the Indian Export industry. Each authority is responsible for promotion of a particular group of products.

Currently, there are 35 organizations working towards the promotion of import/export of restricted items. These organizations, after being authorized by the DGFT, can issue RCMC.

  • 27 Export Promotion Councils
  • 6 Commodity Boards
  • 2 Development authorities

Why Do You Need RCMC Certificate

  • EPCs, Commodity Board and Export Development Authorities work with Better Governance with much Transparency
  • Effectively Controlled by Central Government
  • Allows participation of members in governance by way of e-voting facility in election of Vice Chairman

Applying for RCMC Certificate

Each registering authority has its own procedure in issuing RCMC. The mode of issuing RCMC is both online and offline. The applicant has to fill in the online application form and has to submit the hard copy to the registered office of the registering authority. Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) is the only authority which has a completely computerised system for issuing RCMC. The application for RCMC is filed using the common application ANF 2C form with all the registering authorities.

RCMC Registration Fees

  • 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.

Types of Exporters/Importers Covered for RCMC Registration Online

  • Manufacturing Exporter/Importer (the applicant has to provide evidence as to Manufacturing Facility)
  • Merchant Exporter/Importer
  • Service Provider

Determining the Suitable Registering Authority for RCMC Certificate Download

  • The Registering Authority from which the applicant has to obtain his RCMC depends on his main line of Business
  • Each line of Business has a separate Registering Authority


Federation of Indian Export Organization is the Apex Body controlling all the Export Promotion Councils, Commodity Boards and Export Development Authorities. Not every EPCs is empowered to issue RCMC. The FIEO issues RCMC for the following categories

  • Applicant whose main line of Business is not covered under any of the existing Registering Authorities
  • Applicant whose main line of business is not settled
  • Applicant with Export/Import of Multiple Products
  • Service Providers as notified by the Handbook of Procedures issued by DGFT

Prerequisites for RCMC Registration Online

  • Import Export Code
  • Digital Signature Certificate

Documents Required for RCMC Registration Online

Each Registering Authority requires their own set of documents for obtaining RCMC. However, some of the common documents required by all Authorities are

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.

  • PAN Card
  • Articles and Memorandum of Association (For Corporate/institutional/Private Limited/ Limited company), Partnership Deed (in case of Partnership firms and LLPs), or Trust Deed (in case of Trusts).
  • GST registration certificate.
  • In the case of a service exporter already in business, three years’ services export data certified by the exporter’s Chartered Accountant has to be provided. Proof of payment of membership fee to the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) also has to be provided.

Validity of RCMC Certificate Issued

  • RCMC issued is valid for a period of five years
  • The validity period can be varied by the Registering Authority at its discretion

Compliance after RCMC

  • Any change in Constitution, Ownership, name/address of the the RCMC holder has to be communicated to the Registering Authority within 30 days of the change
  • The RCMC holder as to submit quarterly returns with respect to the status of Import/Export
  • Violation of the conditions of issue of RCMC leads to cancellation of RCMC

Benefits Obtained under Foreign Trade Policy

By obtaining RCMC, the exporter/importer will get concessions and schemes under the Foreign Trade Policy of the Country. Some of them are

  • Advance Authorization Scheme
  • Advance Authorization for annual requirement Scheme
  • Duty-Free Import Authorization (DFIA) Scheme
  • Duty Drawback of Customs/Central Excise Duties/Service Tax
  • Rebate of Service tax through all industry rates
  • Zero duty EPCG scheme

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Recent Updates

Artisans & Weavers Learned Registration Process

16th July: A virtual meet for Artisans was conducted by Handlooms, Handicrafts and Textile department from Delhi. It was explained how once Import-Export Code is generated, one can register for RCMC (Registration Cum Membership Certificate) through Handicrafts & Handloom Department.

DGFT Extends the Validity of RCMC

05th May: In view of the covid-19 crisis, The DGFT has decided to continue relief under various export promotion schemes by extending the existing Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) by another one year i.e., up to 31 March 2021. In addition, it has been clarified that the regional authorities will not insist on a valid Registration Cum Membership Certificate (if expired on or before 31 March) from the applicants for any incentive/authorizations till 30 September.

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