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Spices Board Registration - Certificate, Fees, Documents

Updated on September 16, 2021 11:46:30 AM

The Spices Board is an Indian government regulatory and export promotion agency for Indian spices. It was constituted in 1987 under the merger of the erstwhile Cardamom Board (1968) and Spices Export Promotion Council (1960) and has the responsibility of production/development of cardamom and export promotion of 52 spices shown in the schedule of the Act.

Manufacturers and merchants who deal with the export of Indian spices must register with the Spice Board (particularly 52 scheduled spices). On completion of registration, the manufacturer or merchant receives a Spice Board Registration Certificate known as CRES (Certificate of Registration as an Exporter of Spices).

Spice Board Certificate - CRES [Sample]

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Importance of Spices Board Registration

Importance of Spices Board Registration

Having a Valid Certificate of Registration from Spices Board is mandatory for any manufacturer or merchant who is dealing with export of spices.

Also, the Spices Board Act, 1986 states that

“No person shall, after the commencement of this Act, commence or carry on the business of export of any spice under and in accordance with a certificate. Provided that a person is carrying on the business of export of spices immediately before the commencement, and if he has made an application for such certificate within the said period of three months till the disposal of such application.”

Importance of Spices Board Registration

Punishment for Trading without Spices Board Certificate

  1. Imprisonment upto one year
  2. Fine upto one thousand rupees

Documents Required for Spice Board Registration

Documents Required for Spice Board Registration

  1. Application in the prescribed form (Form-1)
  2. Self-attested copy of IE (import-export) code certificate
  3. Registration fee in the form of crossed Demand Draft favoring “spice board”
  4. Self certified copy of Partnership deed/ Memorandum and Articles of Association as the case may be.
  5. Self certified copies of GST registration certificate.
  6. Self attested certificate issued by directorate of industries in case of manufacturer-exporter of spices.
  7. Self certified copy of PAN card
  8. Passport size photo with white background of CEO or the designated officer of your firm.

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Procedure of Spices Board Registration

Process of Spice Board Registration

  • Step 1. Online Application
  • To apply for Spices Board Certificate, the very first step is online registration on the government portal. Details such as IEC, mobile number and e-mail ID would be required. After verification of mobile number and email ID, applicants would be redirected to fill an online application.
  • Step 2. Documents Uploading
  • The applicant has to fill all the details asked in the form. It is important to note that IEC should be carefully filled as Spices Board issues CRES as per IEC details. This was the end of Part-1 of the form. After completion of Part-1, a unique application number would be generated which would be used for future references.

    Now, the applicant has to use that application number and log in to the online portal. Now, the applicant is required to upload all the necessary documents along with the photograph in the prescribed formats.

  • Step 3. Payment thru NEFT
  • After filling and uploading all the documents, payment needs to be done. All the editing in the application form can only be made prior to payment. The government fee for new registration of manufacturer is ₹15,000 + 18% GST and for merchant is ₹10,000 + 18% GST.
  • Step 4. Verification by Spice Board
  • After the successful payment, application is then sent to the concerned Regional Office of the Board for verification. If any discrepancy is found in the application, it would be reverted back for rectification and re-submission. If the documents are in order, application will be processed at HO. After processing, it is then sent to the concerned Regional Office.
  • Step 5. Issuance of Spice Board Certificate (CRES)
  • On completion of registration at HO, the Certificate of Registration as an Exporter of Spices (CRES) would be issued and the applicant will get login ID along with password to download the CRES certificate.

    [Note: One can easily check the status of their application online using the unique application number allotted to them]

Process of Spice Board Registration

Spices Board Registration Fees

Registration Type Manufacturer Merchant
New Registration ₹15,000 + GST ₹10,000 + GST
Renewal ₹10,000 + GST ₹7,500 + GST
Amendment ₹5,000 + GST ₹5,000 + GST

Online Spices Board Registration with Professional Utilities

Any person who is either a Manufacturer Exporter or Merchant Exporter of the 52 scheduled spices and Cardamom must obtain the Certificate of Registration as an Exporter of Spices (CRES) from the Spice Board of India.

There are perks and benefits that only registered exporters receive and it is mandatory to get registered under Spice Board if you are an exporter of the scheduled 52 spices and Cardamom.

You can easily get registered as an exporter of spices by using our fast and hassle free service.

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List of Spices Mentioned in the Spices Board Act (The Schedule 2)









Bay Leaf

Bay Leaf

Bishop's Weed

Bishop's Weed



Bishop's Weed




Caraway Seeds

Cardamom Large

Cardamom Large


Cardamon Small
















Curry Leaf












Greater Galanga






Juniper Berry











nutmeg and mace

Nutmeg & Mace






Pepper Long.






Poppy Seed








Star Anise


Sweet Flag











Benefits of Spice Board Registration

  1. Helps exporters and importers in establishing mutual contact.
  2. Identifies competent supply sources for specific requirements of importers
  3. Processes and forwards foreign trade inquiries to reliable exporters.
  4. Organizes a common platform for interaction between Indian exporters and international buyers through participation in major international exhibitions and meetings.
  5. Examine complaints from importers for corrective and preventive action
  6. Spearheads the quality improvement program for Indian spices.
  7. Manages a comprehensive and up-to-date data bank for exporters and importers.
  8. Brings together international bodies, exporters, and policymakers through contact group programs.
  9. Makes India’s presence felt in major international food fairs; conducts food festivals and cooking demonstrations.

Functions of Spices Board of India

Functions of Spices Board of India

  1. Research, Development, and Regulation of domestic marketing of Small & Large Cardamom
  2. Post-harvest improvement of all spices
  3. Promotion of organic production, processing and certification of spices
  4. Development of spices in the North East
  5. Provision of quality evaluation services
  6. Export promotion of all spices through support for:
    1. Technology upgradation
    2. Quality upgradation
    3. Brand promotion
    4. Research & product development

Spice Board Certificate (CRES)

CRES stands for Certificate of Registration as an Exporter of Spices and it is issued by the Spices Board of India. The certificate authenticates that an exporter of scheduled spices is registered with a regulatory agency authorised by the Government of India.

Spice Board Certificate Validity

Certificate of Spices Board is issued for a block period of three years. The certificate should be renewed at the end of every block year. For example, if you obtained the certificate for 2017 to 2020, then you are required to renew your registration certificate at the end of 2020. Current block year is 2021-2024.

Reasons for Rejection of Spice Board Registration

The Board may cancel any certificate on any one or more of the following grounds, namely:-

  1. That the holder of the certificate has violated any of the terms and conditions of the certificate;
  2. That in the opinion of the Central Government it is necessary for the interests of the general public to cancel the certificate.
    1. where the Board, for reasons to be recorded in writing is satisfied that pending consideration of the question of canceling the certificate on any grounds mentioned in subsection (1), it is necessary so to do, the Board may by order in writing suspend the operation of the certificate for such period not exceeding forty-five days as may be specified in the order and require the holder of the certificate to show cause, within fifteen days from the date of receipt of such order, as to why the suspension of the certificate should not be extended till the determination of the question as to whether the registration should be canceled.
    2. No order of cancellation of registration under this section shall be made unless the person concerned has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard in respect of the grounds for such cancellation.
    3. Any person aggrieved by an order made under section 13 may prefer an appeal to the Central Government within such period as may be prescribed.

In case of export/import of Spices/Spice products, Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices issued by the Board is also required in addition to the IE (import-export) Code number. Spices Board issues Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices [CRES] under Section 11 of the Spices Board Act.

Multi-faceted Activities of Spice Board of India

The Board may cancel any certificate on any one or more of the following grounds, namely:-

  1. Promotion of exports of spices and spice products
  2. Maintenance and monitoring of quality of exports
  3. Development and implementation of better production methods, through scientific, technological and economic research.
  4. Guidance to farmers on getting higher and better quality yields through scientific agricultural practices.
  5. Provision of financial and material support to growers.
  6. Encouraging organic production and export of spices.
  7. Facilitating infrastructure for processing and value addition
  8. Registration and licensing of all spice exporters.
  9. Assistance for studies and research on better processing practices, foolproof quality management systems, improved grading methods and effective packaging techniques.
  10. Production of promotional and educational materials in a variety of media for the benefit of exporters and importers.

Other Responsibilities of Spice Board

  1. Quality certification and control
  2. Registration of exporters
  3. Collection & documentation of trade information
  4. Provision of inputs to the Central Government on policy matters relating to import & export of spices


  Who needs to take Spice Board Registration?

No person shall begin or carry on the export business of any spice unless it has obtained registration under Spice board for making such export. The Spices Board is the regulatory and export promotion body for Indian spices under the Indian government. The Spices Board was formed in 1987 with the merger of the former Cardamom Board (1968) and the Spices Export Promotion Council (1960), under the Spices Board Act 1986. And have the responsibility of producing/developing cardamom and promoting exports of 52 spices shown in the timetable of the Act.

 Certificate of registration can be cancelled?

Registration can be suspended/cancelled under the Spices Board Act & Rules and the power delegated to Spices Board.

 What are the list of spices covered under CERS?

Cardamom, Pepper, Chilly, Ginger, Turmeric, Coriander. Cumin, Fennel, Fenugreek, Celery, Aniseed, Bishopsweed, Caraway, Dill, Cinnamon, Cassia, Garlic, Curry leaf, Kokam, Mint, Mustard, Parsley, Pomegranate seed, Saffron, Vanilla, Tejpat, Pepper long, Star Anise, Sweet flag, Greater Galanga, Horse-raddish, Caper, Clove, Asafoetida, Cambodge, Hyssop, Juniper berry, Bay leaf, Lovage, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Mace, Basil, Poppy Seed, All-Spice, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Thyme, Oregano, Tarragon, Tamarind.

 Is there a facility of automatic renault of CRES?

No. CRES has to be renewed by the Exporter voluntarily at the end of every block year. Failure will amount to cancellation of registration and the exporter has to prefer fresh application.

 What is IE Code? How do I get IE Code?

Import-Export Code is issued by the Director General of Foreign Trade. It is the primary government by which the government recognizes exporters/importers.

 How to pay the fee for registration?

The fee for registration has to be paid by way of Demand Draft in favour of Spice Board