EPCES Registration - How to get RCMC for EOU & SEZ units

Updated on February 06, 2023 03:53:19 PM

The Export Promotion Council for EOUs & SEZs (EPCES) was established by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in the Indian government to support the export needs of EOUs & SEZs in the country. Over time, EPCES has worked to bring together various stakeholders, including the industry, policymakers, banks, financial institutions, and multilateral agencies, to increase competitiveness in the Indian EOUs & SEZ sector.

The objective behind issuing registration cum membership certificate is as:-

  • To promote exports from India and to earn more foreign exchange for the country.
  • To facilitate interaction between the EOUs/SEZs community and Government.

The EPCES registration is a way forward for manufacturers and exporters of various goods and services in India. As it helps small businesses to set up their units and take various benefits & advantages of the government. Schemes and policies.

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Types of Membership

There are the three categories of EPCES membership:

  1. Export Oriented Units (EOUs): EOUs (Export-oriented units) are businesses that commit to exporting all of their produced goods. These units can range from manufacturing, services, software development, repairs, remakes, reconditioning, re-engineering, and even the creation of gold, silver, or platinum jewelry. Additionally, agriculture-based businesses.
  2. Special Economic Zone Units (SEZ units): SEZ (Special Economic Zone) units are businesses operating within designated geographic areas in a country that have different economic and trade laws than the rest of the country. These zones are established to encourage economic growth and attract foreign investment through various incentives and tax benefits. SEZ units can engage in various industries such as manufacturing, services, and export-oriented businesses.
  3. Special Economic Zone Developers (SEZ) & Co-Developer: SEZ Developers are the primary developers who are responsible for setting up infrastructure and facilities within the SEZs to attract businesses to set up operations there. Co-Developers, on the other hand, work in partnership with SEZ Developers to jointly develop and manage the SEZs. The role of a Co-Developer may vary, but typically they provide additional resources, support, or expertise to the SEZ development project.

Eligibility of EPCES membership

As per notification G.S.R.No.771(E) dated 5.8.2016 all the SEZs and co- developers are required to obtain registration cum membership certificate for their operations.

As per the DGFT Public Notice No. 27/2015-2020, all the export oriented units are eligible for EPCES membership/DGFT registration cum membership.

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Documents Required for EPCES Registration

The Export Promotion Council for EOU and SEZ units (EPCES) requires a set of specific documents for registration purposes. These documents serve as proof of the company's legitimacy, its business activities and other relevant information.

Some of the required documents include the application form for EPCES registration and SEZ unit setup. It is important to check with the EPCES and SEZ authority for any changes or updates to the required documents.

  • Copy of LOA, LOP, BOA & gazette notification
  • Copy of GST registration
  • Proof of export turnover
  • CA certificate
  • Self certified export turnover

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EPCES Membership Fee

The classification of membership registration fee is subjected to the kind of business the applicant is operating such as:

For EOU units

  1. The subscription fee for exporters with turnover upto Rs. 5 Cr the is INR 5,000 +18% GST on it.
  2. The fee for exporters with turnover up to Rs. 5cr-25cr is ₹10,000 +18% GST
  3. And for the exporters with annual turnover of more than 25cr and above is rupees ₹15,000 + 18% GST on it.

For SEZ units

  1. The membership subscription fee for the SEZ units having turnover not more than ₹5 cr rupee is 5,000 INR.
  2. The cost for exporters having turnover between 5cr-25cr rupees is 10,000 INR.
  3. And for the exporters having turnover more than 25cr rupees the fee would be ₹ 15,000

Note: The annual renewal fees for SEZs and EOU units is the same as the membership registration fee.

For SEZ developer/Co-Developer

  1. The EPCES membership registration fee for the big SEZ Developers above 1000 hectares land is ₹50,000 INR and the annual renewal fee would be ₹ 20,000.
  2. The membership registration fee for the small SEZ Developers below 1000 hectares land is ₹20,000 INR and the annual renewal fee would be ₹ 15,000.
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Application Procedure for EPCES Registration

The EPCES membership registration is done at at four phases:

  1. Application: The applicants are required to fill a form with respective authorities for the registration cum membership certificate of their EOU (Export oriented units) and SEZ (Special economic zone units)
  2. Documentation: Once the application form is duly completed the applicants are required to attach relative documents and details for their EPCES registration.
  3. Payment: Once the documentation is duly completed, applicants are required to make a payment on the portal for their registration to get completed.
  4. Issuance of certificate: Once the application is submitted, the authorities will reverify all the details. Once the verification is completed, authorities will issue a registration cum membership certificate for the EPCES membership.
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How to get RCMC Certificate for EPCES

You can get the registration cum membership certificate with Professional Utilities in a few simple steps.

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Step 1: Contact us

Step 2: Provide documents

Step 3: Submission of Fee

Step 4: Issuance of RCMC

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Benefits of EPCES Registration

The export promotion council for EOU & SEZs (EPCES) plays a vital role by bringing government and all pvt manufacturing sectors on a single table to promote EOU & SEZs in India in the export market.

These are the some benefits of membership:

  1. Organize events: The EPCES is responsible for organizing events among EOUs and SEZ developers with respected ministry to resolve any kind of issues of the EOU/SEZ sector
  2. Organizing trade fairs: The export promotion council of EOUs & SEZ is also responsible for holding various trade fairs and providing financial help through various market access initiatives to its members and participants in the fair.
  3. Publishing & Notifications: The EPCES council is also responsible for issuing publications every year regarding rules, taxes and any change in the code of conduct of the regulatory body. A complementary copy of the publications and notifications is sent to all the registered members of the body.
  4. Market research: The Export Promotion Council of EOU & SEZs also carries out extensive market research and looks for new opportunities in foreign markets to the development of Indian export sectors in those markets. The members of council can take benefits of their market research data to boost their businesses and brand.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does EOU & SEZ stand for?

The term EOU & SEZ stands for export oriented units and Special economic zone units. These are the enclaves carved out by the government to establish business units, such as manufacturing units or plants.

What is the fee for EPCES registration of SEZ units?

The fee for SEZ under EPCES council varies upon the annual turnover of the SEZs the fee can vary from ₹5,000 to ₹15,0000 and the fee for co-developing SEZ can vary from 20,000 to 50,000 INR.

What is the fee for EPCES membership for EOU units?

The fees for EPCES membership for export oriented units (EOUs) varies from INR 5,000 - 15,000 depending upon the net export turnover of the unit.

What does RCMC stand for?

The RCMC is an acronym for registration cum membership certificate issued by the DGFT for the respective export council boards.