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Spice Board Registration

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  • Online/offline application drafting
  • Government fee submission
  • Monitoring reports
  • Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices {CRES}
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Spice Board Registration {as Exporter of Spices (CRES)}

The Spices Board {Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India} is an organization that works to develop and promote Indian Spices globally. The Board serves as a link between the Indian exporter of spices and the importers abroad. Additionally, the Spices Board is the driving force behind the activities for excellence of Indian Spices and the achievements of every segment of this industry.

The Spices Board is the regulatory body of the Government of India that promotes Indian Spices in the global market. The body was constituted in 1987 with the merger with former Cardamom Board 1968 and Spices Export Promotion Council, 1960. The responsibility of the Board is to provide supervision on the development and promotion of Cardamom and 52 other spices listed in the Schedule of the Spices Board Act, 1986.

Furthermore, the Board is responsible for granting certificate to the person or entity who wishes to involve in or start a work that includes spices. Also, the Board issues the Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices {CRES} under section 11 of the Spice Board Act, 1986.

Importance of Spice Board Registration

Having a certificate of registration with the Spice board is necessary for anyone 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 with the said period of three months till the disposal of such application."

Documents Required for Spice Board Registration

The following documents are required to obtain the Certificate of registration as an exporter of Spices in India;

  • Application in the prescribed form i.e., Form-I under Section 12 of the Spices Board {Registration of Exporters} Regulation, 1989
  • Self-attested copy of the Import-Export {IE} Code Certificate
  • Registration fees in a crossed demand draft in favor of "Spice Board and Request."
  • Self-certified copies of Partnership Deed or Memorandum of Association {MOA} and Article of Association {AOA}, as per the requirement of the case
  • Self-attested copy of PAN Card of the applicant
  • Also, a Self-certified copy of the GST Registration Certificate
  • In case the applicant is an Exporter of Manufactured Spices products, there is a need to submit a self-attested certificate issued by the Directorate of Industries
  • A passport size photo of the CEO or Designated officer of your firm

Procedure for Obtaining Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices {CRES}

You just need to follow these steps to obtain your Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices {CRES};

  • The applicant needs to fill and submit the prescribed form for exporters i.e., Form 1. Additionally, the applicant also has to pay the prescribed fees along with tax payable as applicable by demand draft in favor of Spices Board, Ernakulam

    (i) Manufacturer Exporter : Rs.15,000/- (ii) Merchant Exporter : Rs.10,000/-







    GST rate 18%



    TOTAL Fee



  • If the application is not in the prescribed format or if it does not contain the required information, it might get rejected by the board. Also, the fees submitted to the board is not refundable
  • The application should be accompanied by a certificate or reference from the bank in respect of the financial status of the applicant
  • The regulating authority after inspecting everything, finds it to be correct, then it will issue a certificate with exporting in Form A to the applicant

Functions of the Spice board

The Spices Board has numerous roles and responsibilities and serves as the apex body for licensing and registration of entities and individuals who wish to work involving spices. The following are the responsibilities of the Spices Board;

  • Post-harvest improvement of all types of spices
  • Research, development, and regulation of domestic marketing of Large and Small cardamom
  • Promoting organic production, processing, and certification of spices
  • Working for the development of Spices in the North Eastern States
  • Providing quality evaluation services
  • Promoting export of all spices through
  • Technology up-gradation
  • Quality up-gradation
  • Brand promotion
  • Research and development

Responsibilities of the board dedicated to promoting Export of Spices from India includes;

  • Quality certification & control
  • Registration of exporters
  • Documentation and collection of trade information
  • Providing inputs to the Central Government on policies related to Import and Export of Spices

Renewal of Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices {CRES}

The validity of certificate of registration is three years from the block period. Any person who wishes to renew their Certificate as Exporter needs to submit an application in the Form-1 to the authority. Also, it is provided that it is liable each month if anyone fails to apply for renewal of their license before its expiry. The renewal fees is same as fresh application fees from the year 2018.

Furthermore, the issuing authority does not accept applications after 31st August. Exporters who fail to apply for renewal of their licenses have to apply for a fresh license/registration after the expiry of their certificate.

It is also provided for the exporters who do not carry on any export business during the period in which he holds a valid certificate, the renewal of a certificate as exporter for the next three years is not considered in such case. However, if such an exporter enters into an export contract, he can apply for a new certificate to the Spices Board.

Package Services from Enterslice

At Enterslice, we have a team of experts who would help you at each and every step of the application drafting process to the step you receive your certificate.

  • Help importer and exporter to establish a mutual contact
  • Process and forward relevant foreign trade inquiries to the exporters
  • Identify competent supply sources for meeting the requirements of the importers abroad
  • Look for a common platform like international exhibitions and meetings for the promotion of interaction between the Indian exporters and the international buyers
  • Examining complaints from the importers for taking relevant corrective and preventive measures
  • Providing other relevant services

List of Spices Mentioned in the Spice Board Act

The following are the list of the spices included in the Spice Board Act, 1986;

  • Cardamom
  • Pepper
  • Chilly
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin
  • Fennel
  • Fenugreek
  • Celery
  • Aniseed
  • Bishops weed
  • Caraway
  • Dill
  • Cinnamon
  • Cassia
  • Curry Leaf
  • Kokam
  • Mint
  • Mustard
  • Parsley
  • Pomegranate Seed
  • Saffron
  • Vanilla
  • Tej Patta
  • Pepper Long
  • Star Anise
  • Sweet Flag
  • Greater Galanga
  • Sweet Flag
  • Horse-Radish
  • Caper
  • Clove
  • Asafetida
  • Cambodge
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper Berry
  • Bay leaf
  • Lovage
  • Marjoram
  • Nutmeg
  • Mace
  • Basil
  • Poppy Seed
  • All-Spice
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Coriander
  • Savory
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Tarragon
  • Tamarind

Also, the Act covers spice products in all forms, including curry powders, spice oils, oleoresins, and other types of mixes in which spices are the main ingredient or where the spice content is predominant.

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