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EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL FOR EOUs & SEZs

(Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India) 
8G, 8th Floor, Hansalaya Building, 15, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi 110001

Tel:  +91 11  23329766-69,  Fax:  +91 11 223329770,

E-mail: epces@epces.in, epces@vsnl.net, epcesho@gmail.com
 
 

Fuelling India’s Export Growth Through Dedicated EOUs & SEZs

Export Promotion Council for EOUs & SEZs (EPCES) has been set up to service the export promotional needs of 100% Export Oriented Units (EOUs), Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Units and Special Economic Zone Developers in the country and has been recognized by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. Its objectives are:

  • To promote exports from India and to earn more foreign exchange for the country.

  • To facilitate interaction between the exporting community and Government both at the Central and State level.

  • To canalize financial assistance rendered by the Central Government to members for assisting their export market development efforts.

  • To collaborated with other export promotion councils/ export promotion organizations in India and similar bodies in foreign countries as well as with international organizations working in the field.

1. CONTRIBUTION OF EOUs and SEZs TO THE INDIAN ECONOMY

EOUs and SEZs play a stellar role in the growth of exports from the country and in 2014-15 total export from EOUs & SEZs were recorded at Rs. 5,28,091 crores (US $ 83 Billion). Of these exports from EOUs stood at Rs. 64,321 crores (US $ 10 Billion) and those from SEZs at Rs.4, 63,770 crores (US $ 73 Billion).
EOUs/SEZs cover major industrial sectors, like textiles, garments & Yarns, Gems & Jewellery, Leather goods, Food & Agro Products, Electronics & Software, Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals, Engineering, minerals, Granites & other stones, Plastic & Rubber Goods etc.

Export Performance of EOUs & SEZs

Statement showing year-wise export performance of EOUs & SEZ Units

Year

SEZ Units

EOUs

TOTAL

 

Rs. In 
Crore

US $ 
 Million

Rs. In 
Crore

US $ 
Million

Rs. In 
Crore

US $ 
Million

1992-93

1376

474

2170

748

3546

1222

1993-94

1960

632

3086

995

5046

1627

1994-95

2653

856

4710

1519

7363

2375

1995-96

3236

981

7009

2123

10245

3104

1996-97

4339

1240

8729

2494

13068

3734

1997-98

4817

1302

10279

2778

15096

4080

1998-99

5252

1250

12058

2871

17311

4121

1999-2000

6709

1560

13701

3186

20410

4746

2000-01

8552

1859

15912

3536

24464

5395

2001-02

9190

1915

18735

3930

27925

5845

2002-03

10057

2095

23591

4875

33647

6970

2003-04

13814

2996

28828

6274

42641

9270

2004-05

18655

4140

39228

8727

57883

12867

2005-06

22840

5159

49462

11172

72302

16331

2006-07

34787

7688

69965

15462

104752

23150

2007-08

66638

16560

168839

41957

235477

58517

2008-09

99689

21675

171498

37288

271187

58962

2009-10

220711

46031

83700

17456

304412

63487

2010-11

315868

65806

59824

12477

375692

78283

2011-12

364478

68769

79343

14707

443821

83477

2012-13

476159

87546

90181

16581

566340

104127

2013-14

494077

82209

89642

14916

583719

97125

2014-15

463770

73229

64321

10156

528091

83385

2. ACTIVITIES OF EPCES

EPCES represents EOU/SEZ Sector, which has approx. 6,000 operational EOUs/SEZ Units/ SEZ Developers spread all over the country. EOU/SEZ Sector contributes Rs. 5,28,091 crores (US $ 83 Billion) in our export basket with a significant contribution of approx.30% in national exports. The activities of EPCES encompass: 

  • Providing financial assistance to EOUs/SEZ units through Market Development Assistance (MDA) for export promotion activities abroad.

  • Organizing Open Houses/ Seminars/Workshops in different states of the country for resolving their problems and eliciting suggestions for policy making by Government.

  • Taking up issues affecting EOUs/SEZs with various Ministries like Commerce, Finance, CBEC, CBDT, RBI, State Governments etc.

  • Participating in trade fairs/exhibitions in India & abroad.

  • Informing members about latest development and changes in the national and international trade scenario.

  • Publishing quarterly ‘EPCES News” focusing on marketing strategies, international scene, latest provisions and procedures relating to Export-Import, Customs & Excise, Investment Opportunities etc.

  • Bringing out publications for use within India and abroad.

  • Organizing buyer-seller meets with EOUs & SEZs for the promotion of exports.

3. AREAS OF ACHIEVEMENTS OF EPCES

  • Export Promotion Council for EOUs and SEZs (EPCES) has been set up in January, 2003 to cater to the export promotional needs of 100% Export Oriented Units (EOU), Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Units and Special Economic Zone Developers in the Country.

  • EPCES has been recognized by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India Vide DGFT Public Notice No. 59/2002-7 dated 15-1-2003 and Register with Registrar of Societies under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.

  • EPCES is the first Export Promotion Council which is scheme specific Export Promotion Council and is consequently a multiproduct Export Promotion Council.

  • EPCES represents EOU/SEZ Sector which cover major industrial sectors, like textiles, garments & yarns, gems & jewellery, leather goods, food & agro products, electronics & software, pharmaceuticals & chemicals, engineering minerals, granites & other stones, plastic & rubber goods etc. EOU/SEZ Sector has approximately 6,000 operational EOU/SEZ Units/SEZ Developers spread all over the country. During the year 2002-03 the exports from EOUs and SEZs Sector was US $ 6.97 billion (Rs. 33,647/- crore) and the exports from EOU/SEZ Sector during the year 2014-15 was US $ 83 Billion (Rs. 5,28,091 crores). Within a short span of time of 13 years, EPCES has established its credentials as the only National level body representing EOU/SEZ sector for promoting exports from the country.

  • EPCES takes up EOUs/SEZs issues with various Ministries of Government of India, like Commerce, Finance, CBEC, CBDT, RBI, State Governments etc. for promoting exports from the country and eliciting suggestions from its members for submission to Ministry of Commerce & Industry for formulation of Foreign Trade Policy.

  • Since its inception in 2003, this Council has organized 56 Open Houses of EOUs, SEZ Units and SEZ Developers with Hon’ble Commerce & Industry Minister, Government of India and Commerce Secretary, Government of India and other senior officers from Central and concerned State Governments all over the India at New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Surat etc. These Open Houses have been organized for resolving the issues/ problems of EOU/SEZ Sector and to take suggestions from its members for submission to Ministry of Commerce & Industry for formulation of Foreign Trade Policy, SEZ Act and SEZ Rules. As a result, a number of issues of EOUs and SEZs have been resolved and the concerned Ministries have issued various notifications/circulars in this regard.

  • In order to encourage exports from EOUs/SEZ Sector, EPCES is continuing the process of distributing EPCES Export Awards for Outstanding Export Performance to best EOUs/SEZ Units.  EPCES Export Awards are presented by Hon’ble Minister for Commerce & Industry, Government of India/Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce & Industry to the best EOUs and SEZ Units. This encourages EOUs and SEZ Units to increase their efforts for promoting exports from the country.

  • EPCES has been regularly publishing a book every year, which incorporates Notifications/Circulars, relating to EOUs, SEZ Units and SEZ Developers, issued by Central Board of Excise & Customs, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Director General of Foreign Trade and Reserve Bank of India, updated SEZ Act & updated SEZ Rules. Complimentary copies of the book are sent to all members of the council for their smooth day-to-day functioning and to the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance and State Governments as well. This helps in bringing about uniformity in procedures at all the places. In the last 11 years this book has been of immense help to EOUs SEZ Units and SEZ Developers as well as field formations of Development Commissioners, Customs and Central Excise authorities. EPCES has so far brought our 11 editions of this book.

  • EPCES has been regularly publishing its quarterly bulletin “EPCES News” containing a wide variety of topics and news items of interest to its various categories of readers in the country and also keeping its members abreast on International scene, latest provisions & procedures relating to Export-Import, Customs and Excise, investment opportunities etc. EPCES also inform its members through EPCES News about the activities of the Council from time to time for their benefits.

  • SEZ Scheme is playing a very significant role in our economy in creating world class infrastructure, promotion of exports of goods and services and generation of employment in the country. SEZ Act and Rules have been made operational with effect from 10-2-2006. Implementation of SEZ Act and SEZ Rules has provided stability and continuity to the SEZ Policy and the Act is helping in attracting foreign and domestic investments and in generating additional economic activity in the country. Various private SEZ Developers have come up for setting up new Special Economic Zones in the country. This has helped in bringing in huge foreign and domestic investments in this sector and generating employment in the country. Attracting Foreign Direct Investment is one of the stated objectives of SEZs and for this SEZ Scheme offers one of the best competitive package. Response to this scheme from national and international investors has been very tremendous and encouraging so far. Complete assistance and information is being provided to international and domestic investors in respect of investments in SEZs in India. EPCES has also published updated SEZ Act and SEZ Rules, Brochures on SEZs for the benefit of potential SEZ Developers for setting up SEZs and units in SEZs.

  • EPCES, alongwith with its members participate in Trade fairs/exhibitions/Seminars abroad for promoting exports and bringing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) for the country. This also increases mutual direct interactions among businessmen of India and foreign countries by identifying the areas of bilateral interest and investment and for building a strong image of the Small and Medium Industry products of Indian exporters overseas. EPCES has already participated in trade fairs/ exhibitions/ seminars at United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Japan, Bahrain, Kenya, South Africa, Jordan, Indonesia, Korea Singapore, Taiwan, Bhutan, Panama, Chile, etc. 

  • EPCES also provides benefits/assistance to EOUs and SEZ units in the form of Market Access Initiative (MAI) for participation in trade fairs/exhibitions abroad. This helps EOUs and SEZ Units in increasing their exports from the country.

  • EPCES regularly sends circulars to its members for indicating latest changes/amendments in the Policy, Procedures, RBI instructions, Department of Revenue instructions etc. relating to EOUs/SEZs for the benefit of its members through EDI.

  • EPCES is a member of All India Export Advisory Committee of RBI and Standing Committee on Promotion of Exports by Shipping (SCOPE Shipping) and Air (SCOPE Air) of Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

  • The Council is performing all these activities with a limited staff strength of 7 persons. 

4. IMPORTANT CIRCULARS ISSUED BY EPCES

EPCES Circulars are sent to its members wherein the members are informed about the latest notifications/public notices/circulars/other instructions related to EOUs/SEZ Units/SEZ Developer and issued by various government authorities. As per the feedback received by EPCES from EOUs/ SEZ Units/SEZ Developers, members find these circulars very useful. The details of all the EPCES Circulars issued by the council since its inception in 2003 are available on this website.

5. Salient features along with complete details of Revised Guidelines of Market Access Initiative (MAI) Scheme effective from 4.8.2014 are given on EPCES Website: www.epces.in

Market Development assistance to EOUs & SEZ Units for participation in trade fair/ exhibition abroad. The details of MDA Scheme are available on EPCES Website.


 

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