Saturday, 01 November, 2014
EPCH is an apex organization of trade and industry for promotion of handicrafts and is credited with organizing Asia's largest Handicrafts & Gifts Show.

I-FAQ FOR MEMBESHIP

(These FAQs are of general nature and are illustrative only. However, any specific queries are to be dealt as per guideline/terms of the EPCH.)

Q1. What is Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH)?
Ans EPCH was established under Companies Act in the year 1986-87 as a non-profit organisation, with an object to promote, support, protect, maintain and increase the export of handicrafts.

Q2. How to obtain membership of the Council?
Ans. Any person, H.U.F, firm or association of person, joint stock company or other corporation or co-operative society who shall be engaged in the business of export of Handicrafts can become a member. The prospective members are required to apply on prescribed application form which can be obtained by paying Rs. 100/- in cash/RTGS(details given below)/demand draft drawn in favour of Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts payable at New Delhi. The entrance fee in the year of Enrollment is Rs. 1000/- and Annual memberships fee is Rs. 2500/-(total Rs.3500+12.36% service tax= Rs.3933).

BANK DETAILS

 

Name Of the beneficiary

Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts

Beneficiary Address

EPCH House,  Pocket 6&7, Sector-C, L.S.C., Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070

BANK NAME

ORIENTAL BANK OF COMMERCE

BRANCH NAME

MAHIPALPUR, NEW DELHI-110037

CURRENT ACCOUNT NO.

00291010002970

RTGS/IFSC CODE NO.

ORBC 0100029

 

Membership of the Council is a pre-condition for obtaining (RCMC) Registration-cum- Membership-certificate under Foreign Trade Policy. The RCMC can be obtained either as a ‘Merchant Exporter’, ‘Manufacturer Exporter’ or ‘Merchant-cum-Manufacturer Exporters’ as per documents submitted.
Annual Subscription is due on 1st April of every year and is required to be paid by 30th June. Annual Subscription amount is Rs. 2500/-+ 12.36% service tax = (total Rs.2809/-).

Q3. What are the services being provided to its members by the Council?
Ans. The services of Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts to its members are as follows:

  • Providing commercially useful information and assistance to members in developing and increasing exports.
  • Offering professional advice and services to members in areas of technology up gradation, quality and design improvement, standards and specifications, product development, innovation etc.
  • Organizing visits of delegation of its members abroad to explore overseas market opportunities.
  • Participating in specialized International Trade Fairs of handicrafts & gifts. 
  • Organizing Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair in India. 
  • Interaction between exporting community and Govt. both at the Central and State level and represents in almost all the committees / panels of Central and State.
  • To create an environment of awareness through Workshops on "Export Marketing, Procedures and Documentation", Packaging, Design Development, Buyer Seller Meet, Open House etc. interaction with Central and State Govt. and various other similar programmes.
  • The activities of the EPCH, notification of Govt. orders, information on Trade Fairs and other relevant information is disseminated through its journal CRAFTCIL.
  • Also can get financial benefit by participating in Council’s led activities i.e; International fairs/Exhibitions, BSMS etc;  under Market Development Assistance(MDA) as well as Market Access Initiative Scheme.
  • Duty free Import Certification, subject to application in the prescribed format with the requisite documents as given at  www.epch.in/Circulars/Policies/DFIC-Procedure.pdf
  • Duty draw back & other benefits/incentives announced in Foreign Trade Policies from time to time for the handicraft sector. http://www.epch.in/policies.htm
  • Certification of Handicrafts items, subject to application in the prescribed format with the requisite documents as given at  www.epch.in/Circulars/Policies/Application&requirement.pdf
  • Visa recommendation letter, subject to required documents.

 

Q4. How much time does it take to become the registered member of the Council?
Ans. After receiving the application with supporting documents, membership and Registration-cum-Membership certificate will be issued within 30 days maximum.

Q5. Are, there any other offices of EPCH?
Ans. Yes, EPCH is having its offices at Moradabad, Kolkata ,Bangalore and extension center at Agra and Jaipur.

Q6.  From where the application forms can be obtained?
Ans. From Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts main office at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, membership application forms can also be obtained by post by paying Rs 100/- by way of demand draft/Pay order in favour of “Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts” payable at New Delhi. Apart from EPCH’s main office at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, the forms can also be obtained from EPCH’s offices given below:-

EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL FOR HANDICRAFTS
302, 3RD FLOOR, CEARS PLAZA,
NO. 136, RESIDENCY ROAD,
BANGALORE - 560001 (KARNATAKA)
TEL: +91-80-22107367
TELEFAX: +91-80-22017389
FAX: 91-80-25091298
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CONTACT:-MS. SREEKALA KADIDAL

EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL FOR HANDICRAFTS
EASTERN REGIONAL OFFICE,
53/1, SAMBHUNATH PANDIT STREET, FIRST FLOOR, (OPP. BANGUR INSTITUTE OFNEUROSCIENCE & PSYCHIATRY),
KOLKATA – 700 025 (WEST BENGAL)
TEL: 91-33-24191744
FAX: 91-33-24191745
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THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR (CR)
O/O DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER (HANDICRAFTS)
KENDRIYA BHAWAN, 7TH FLOOR,
SECTOR-H, ALIGANJ,
LUCKNOW – 226024 (UTTAR PRADESH) TEL: 91-522-2364633, 2326703, 2762376
FAX. 91-522-2763056
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EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL FOR HANDICRAFTS
3RD FLOOR, Y. B. CHAVAN CENTRE,
GEN. J. BHOSLE MARG, MUMBAI-400021
TEL: +91-22-22814796
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CONTACT PERSON: MR. S. KRISHNA CHANDAR

FEDERATION OF RAJASTHAN HANDICRAFTS EXPORTERS (FORHEX),
“SHEEL MOHAR PLAZA”
PLOT NO.A-1, 2ND FLOOR, TILAK MARG,
C-SCHEME,
JAIPUR –302001 (RAJASTHAN)
TEL / FAX : 91-141-2247544
MOBILE: 09983321833
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JODHPUR HANDICRAFTS EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION (JHEA)
5, BHAGAT KI KOTHI EXTENSION,
OPP. NEW CAMPUS (NEAR TATA MOTORS SERVICE CENTRE),
PALI ROAD,
JODHPUR-342005
TEL: 91-291- 2721738
FAX: 91-291- 2721739
MOBILE:8766006937
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EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL FOR HANDICRAFTS
1B/441, BUDHI VIHAR, NEAR HERO HONDA SHOWROOM,
MORADABAD-244001
TEL: 91-0591-2480075/76
FAX: 91-591-2480076
MOBILE: 09410509488
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NATIONAL CENTRE FOR PICTURES & FRAMING TECHNOLOGY
MANDI SAMITI ROAD,SAHARANPUR-247001
PHONE-0132-2613093
MOBILE: 09027463858
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CONTACT:- MR. MOHD. ASIF

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR DESIGN & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT (NCDPD)
43, OKHLA INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, PHASE-III,
NEW DELHI-110020
TEL: 91-11-26821262/65/73
FAX: 91-11-26821260
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WEBSITE: WWW.INNOVATIVEDESIGNS-NCDPD.COM

EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL FOR HANDICRAFTS
C/O HANDICRAFTS EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION
1/129,BAGICHI TULSIRAM,
PANCHKUIYAN SHAHGANJ ROAD,
AGRA-282010
TEL:0562-22125471  [Sh. S.K.Tyagi]
MOB. 9837067762, Vikas – 8126591641
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O/O DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER (HANDICRAFTS)
PRE-SHIPMENT INSPECTION & CERTIFICATION OF INDIA ITEMS CHANCHAL BHUVAN,
NR. RAILWAY CROSSING, MANINAGAR (E),
AHMEDABAD-380008 (GUJARAT)
TEL: 91-79-25468441

 

Q7. Is export performance is required for becoming member of the Council?
An. Exporters having nil export performance in handicrafts can also enroll as member of the Council.            

Q8. Whether membership fee is for one time?
Ans. Please noteEntrance fees is to be paid one time and Membership fees to be paid every year which will be due on 1st April every year and to be paid by 30th June.

Q 9 . Can in house publication be subscribed?
Ans. Yes. To obtain in  house journal i.e. CRAFTCIL to know about general nature of handicraft sector, interested person can subscribe on payment of Rs.1000/- +12.36% Service Tax (April-March) by Demand Draft or by RTGS in favour of Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, New Delhi along with the complete address and contact details.  Please note such subscriber cannot participate in Council’s activities.

Q 10. Whether membership and Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate are two different documents?
Ans. Yes, Both are different documents. Membership is granted to an exporter as per membership guidelines and as per Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Council. Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) is issued by the Council as per Foreign Trade Policy. Both are subject to requisite documents.

Q. 11. Whether membership is compulsory for obtaining Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) and issued on yearly basis?
Ans. Yes , it is compulsory to obtain membership with the Council to obtain Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC). It is renewed every year by payment of annual subscription fees.

Q. 12. Whether there is a separate fee for the Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC)?
Ans. No, there is no separate fee for obtaining Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC).

 

II-FAQ FOR REGISTRATION(RCMC)

Q1. What are the required documents for registration with the Council?
Ans. Along with the filled in application form, a self-attested copy of Importer Exporter Code (IEC) is required to be furnished. If the applicant is a partnership firm, the partnership deed will be required to be submitted along with the form. If the applicant is Pvt. Ltd, Public limited firm, Corporation or Co-operative society a photocopy of certificate of incorporation (memorandum of Article of Association) and resolution regarding the signing authority has to be submitted. If an Export House applies for membership, the copy of export House Certificate is to be enclosed. Also if an applicant desired RCMC as manufacturer exporters, it must furnish certificate to this effect from District Industries Centre (DIC) or Small Scale Industries (SSI).

Q2. Is it necessary to get registered with the Council for export of handicrafts products?  
Ans. No, it is not mandatory but it facilitates for availing the services of Council and time to time incentives and assistance provided under Foreign Trade Policy to exporters.

Q3. Is it necessary to have the Importer Exporter Code to obtain the membership and Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC)?
Ans. Yes, it is essential to have Importer and Exporter code.

Q.4  What is the difference between merchant exporter and manufacturer exporter?
Ans. Merchant exporter is he who procures products from manufacturer or from other source and exports. A manufacturer exporter is he who manufactures products in its own units or other units and exports.

Q.5  Is it necessary to have the DIC/SSI certificate for registering as a manufacturer exporter?
Ans. Yes, it is essential. On the basis of DIC/SSI certification with regard to production of handicrafts  RCMC as a manufacturer exporter can be obtained.

 

III-FAQ for the renewal of membership

Q1. Is it mandatory to renew annual membership subscription?
Ans. Yes, it is necessary to pay the annual membership subscription every year.

Q2. What is the amount for the annual membership subscription?
Ans. Rs. 2809/- (2500+ 12.36% service tax)

Q3. When the annual membership subscription due?
Ans. Annual membership subscription become due on Ist April and should be paid before 30thJune of every year.

Q4. Can membership fees be paid in lump-sum for the next 10 year or certain years at one time?
Ans. No, one cannot pay the fees for the 10 years. It has to be paid annually.

Q5. If some one is not able to pay annual subscription, Is there any option to pay the subscription along with late fee charges?
Ans. No, there is no provision in the Article.

Q6. Can one can get the receipt by mail?
Ans. Yes, Council dispatch receipts by mail.

Q7. Can annual membership subscription be paid in by cash?
Ans. No, Annual Membership subscription is to be  paid either by demand draft/cheque in favour of “Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts” payable at New Delhi,or through RTGS/NEFT details as follows:-


BANK DETAILS

 

Name Of the beneficiary

Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts

Beneficiary Address

“EPCH House”, Pocket 6&7, Sector-C, L.S.C., Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070

BANK NAME

ORIENTAL BANK OF COMMERCE

BRANCH NAME

MAHIPALPUR, NEW DELHI-110037

CURRENT ACCOUNT NO.

00291010002970

RTGS/NEFT/IFSC CODE NO.

ORBC 0100029

 

Q8. If membership is not renewed in preceding year, the membership will remain or discontinue?
Ans. If a member do not get renewed its membership by stipulated date, membership will be ceased and afresh membership needs to be obtained, if want to continue.

Q9. Can one can cancel his membership?
Ans. Yes, one can cancel his membership by way of request for the same and surrender their certificate.

Q10. Membership renewal is on monthly basis or yearly basis?
Ans. Membership renewal is on financial year basis, which fall due Ist April every year.

 

IV -FAQ for the Amendments

Q1. Is there any fee to carry out amendment in the record?
Ans. No, there is no fee for the same.

Q2. In case, there is any change in the address in Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) , what documents are required?
Ans. To carry out any change in the address, please submit the amended copy of Importer Exporter Code along with the request letter and original Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC)  issued by the Council.

Q3. Is there any stipulated time period for informing any change?
Ans. As per the Foreign Trade Policy, if there is a change in address, constitution etc, firm have to inform within 30 days to all the concerned authorities.

Q4. What is the procedure to renew Registration-cum-Membership certificate (RCMC) ?
Ans. Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) in original issued by the Council is required to be submitted.

Q5. In case of expiry of validity of Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) i.e. 5 years for a long time, Is there any provision to renew the same?
Ans. No, same Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) will not be renewed, one has to fill the fresh RCMC form and Council will issue a fresh RCMC no.

Q6. Our Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) is valid for five year so is there any need to pay our subscription in between?
Ans. Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) is valid subject to the payment of Annual membership fee every year.

Q7. If we have a change in our partnership, what documents are required?
Ans. One has to submit the fresh partnership deed/dissolution deed along with the original Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC).

Q8. If we have a change in our directors, what documents are required?
Ans. One has to submit the amended copy of Importer Exporter Code, form-32 and board resolution along with the original Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) .

Q9. IF there is a change in registered office of Pvt Ltd/Public Ltd/corporation company, what documents are required?
Ans. One has to submit the amended copy of Importer Exporter Code, form-18 and board resolution along with the original Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC).

Q10. If we have a change in company’s status from merchant to manufacturer exporter, what documents are required?
Ans. One has to submit the DIC/SSI certificate with regard to production of handicrafts along with the original Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC).

Q11. How much time it take to make the amendment?
Ans. After receiving the complete documents, amendment will be carried out and forward to members within one week.

Q12. If there is a change in constitution from proprietorship to partnership, what documents are required?
Ans. One has to submit the amended Importer Exporter Code along with the original Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) and fresh partnership deed.

Q13. If there is an amendment in company’s name, what documents are required for registration (RCMC)?
Ans. Amended copy of Importer Exporter Code along with original Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) is required to be submitted.

Q14. Is it necessary to furnish the original Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC) for amendment?
Ans. Yes, it is essential to furnish the original Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC).

Q15. What is the procedure to get the duplicate RCMC?
Ans. One has to give the affidavit on Rs 10 stamp paper duly notarized by notary public and give the declaration regarding the lost of original Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC).

Q16.  If someone wants to discontinue their membership, what are the formalities required?
Ans. One has to submit the consent letter duly signed either by Proprietor/directors/ or partners of the company along with the original Registration-cum-Membership-Certificate (RCMC).

 


 

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