Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Recently when I reached MAA- Chennai Airport, I was asked to fill a form in which I mentioned my purpose of travel and other stuff. Customs and security are big hurdles for those who want to put their products all over the world. In India, APEDA- Agricultural and Processed Foods Products Export Development Authority is the responible government organisation working on the quality regualtions of food products which are exported from the sub-continent.


The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act passed by the Parliament in December, 1985.  The Act (2 of 1986) came into effect from 13th February, 1986 by a notification issued in the Gazette of India: Extraordinary: Part-II [Sec. 3(ii): 13.2.1986).  The Authority replaced the Processed Food Export Promotion Council (PFEPC).

APEDA has some important functions such as developing the related food export industries, registration of persons as exporters, fixing standarads for specific products, inspection of meat and meat products, packaging of products, training the workers etc., The exported products comes under the regualtions of APEDA includes most of the food products such as fruits, meat, poultry, dairy, biscuits, confectionery, honey, cocoa, beverages, cereal, pickles, herbal plants etc., 


APEDA has marked its presence in almost all agro potential states of India and has been providing services to agri-export community through its head office, five Regional offices and 13 Virtual offices.

Head office

• New Delhi

Regional offices

• Mumbai, 
• Kolkata, 
• Bangalore, 
• Hyderabad and 
• Guwahati

Virtual offices

• Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), 
• Bhubaneshwar (Orissa), 
• Srinagar (J&K), 
• Chandigarh, 
• Imphal (Manipur), 
• Agartala (tripura), 
• Kohima (Nagaland), 
• Chennai (Tamil Nadu), 
• Raipur (Chattisgarh), 
• Ahmedabad (Gujarat), 
• Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), 
• Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and 
• Panaji (Goa)

Registration and Financial Assistance

Exporters can register online or in the offices of APEDA through offline application. Exporters who have manufacuturing units can register as Manufacturer and Exporter through the same application form. Online log-in system is available in the APEDA website for the export members to trace their products. 

APEDA provides financial assitance for Indian food exporters under different schemes

Agri-Exchange Portal

Agri Exchange is the name given to the Trade portal. An attempt, first of its kind has been endeavored by APEDA, Govt. of India, where online trading is the specialty. In its stride, joint collaboration of UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade And Development) and Ministry of Agriculture has given the portal a shape. Globally buyers and sellers in the Agri business world has been given a platform to offer negotiate and transact a deal all over the world. Apart from this, it has been loaded with latest statistics pertaining to India and the world.

Quality Regulations

To assure the importing countries that the quality requirements are being maintained at every level of supply chain , APEDA took initiatives to set up traceability mechanism in agricultural products, as this area is gaining more and more importance due to the growing awareness in the international market, especially in the major markets of developed countries. It helps to establish clear linkages between the stake-holders through ‘farm-to-fork’ monitoring to ensure implementation of appropriate pre-harvest & post-harvest practices, processing and ensuring quality & food safety.

They have different quality standards for food products depends on the importing country and most notable ones are HACCP regulations, EU regulations, Agmark certification, UAE regualtions, Saudi regulations and other lab regulations. APEDA offers training and assistance to the exporters in order to reach the required standards before export of the products.

Trade enquiries can be made directly through online services or also by approaching the office nearby.

As we discussed already India with huge production of agri products can act as a food basket for the whole if the products are traded properly with good quality standards.

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