RCMC Registration Procedure

RCMC Registration: Get Registration Cum Membership Certificate


RCMC is mandatory for firms going for Import Export Business.

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RCMC Registration

What is RCMC  Registration?

RCMC stands for Registration Cum Membership Certificate . It is a mandatory certificate which should be obtained by all firms or companies which wish to apply for the Import Export Code and avail concessions/ benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy like duty drawbacks and duty credit scrips. However, this certificate is not required for traders with exemptions under the Export Import Policy. The RCMC registration is issued by a competent government authority. The validity of the RCMC license lasts from the 1st April of the licensing year (Issuing Year) up until the next 5 years ending 31st March of the licensing year unless specified otherwise. The application for the RCMC certificate has to be obtained by submitting the ANF 2C(Aayat Niryat Form) to the Exports Promotion Council. An export trader can be registered under two categories :Merchant Exporter and Manufacturing Exporter. While applying for the RCMC, an exporter has to declare his main line of business to the Exports Promotion Council (EPC).there are a grand total of 26 Export Promotion Councils and 9 commidities board across the country.Central government authorizes these institutions to issue RCMC to an exporter

Competent Authorities for RCMC Registration

  • Exporters can obtain RCMC registration from Federation of Indian Exporters Organizations (FIEO) or a relevant Export Promotion Council.

  • Status holders can obtain RCMC registration from FIEO

  • RCMC registration can also be obtained if the export product is not covered by any Exports Promotion Council

  • Registration of RCMC should be obtained from Shellac and Forest Products Export Promotion Council (SHEFEXIL) if the exporter deals with forest produce and value-added products

  • Exporters with the intention of dealing with software have to get themselves registered with Electronic and Computer Software EPC (ESC)

  • Exporters dealing with the listed 14 services have to register with the Services EPC whereas exporters of any other services have to register with FIEO

RCMC Application

In order to become a member eith the RCMC, the trader has to file an application for the same in the prescribed format.After the trader is is admitted to the membership tghe RCMC is granted via the concerned Exports Promotion Council (EPC).To become a registered maufacturer/exporter, sufficient supporting evience should be provided . In order to acquire a membership to the associate members of EPC, potential/prospective traders have to file the RCMC application. The RCMC application in the presribed format has to filled up via the APEDA website. APEDA registration is available for support of listed schedule products. The procedure for the RCMC application is as follows:

    • Sign up through the APEDA website
    • Enter you details such as e-mail, IE Code, Mobile Number.
    • Upload your relevant documents
    • Pay the required fees for the RCMC registration
    • Make a note of the application number recieved on succesful payment of the prescribed fees
    • You can track application status via the “Exporter Login”

Documents for RCMC Registration

The documents for acquiring membership to the EPC via RCMC registration procedure are as follows:

      • Application form detiailing product specification for Registration-Cum-Membership
      • Certified copy of the Import Export Code (IEC) issued by concerned licensing authorities
      • Bank certificates which is used to determine financial capabilities of the trader.
      • In case of registration as a manufacturer exporter, relevant SSI Certificate / IEM Certificate is required
      • Declaration in relation to effect on exports and imports in the previous Financial Year(F.Y.)
      • In case of firms, Memorandum of Association, Articles of association and partenership deed(in case of partnership firms)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Registration Cum Membership Certificate (RCMC)?
Registration Cum Membership certification is considered as a membership certificate issued for 5 years by Export promotional councils or commodity board of India. The reason behind the issue of this certificate is that any specific exporter is registered with the council.
2. What is the validity of the RCMC registration?
The validity of the RCMC registration lasts from 1st of April of the Licensing year (year of issue) up until the next 5 years till the 31st of March from the licensing year, unless specified otherwise
3.What are the rules with regards to intimating the change in constitution.
In case, there is a change in any of Name, Constitution, Ownership, Address, it becomes obligatory for the trader holding the RCMC registration to intimate these changed within a time-frame of 1 month to concerned authorities from the date of such changes . However, if the delay in intimation is backed by sufficient credible proof, the authorities might condone the delay in submission of these changes
4. What are the reports required to be furnished as an RCMC holder?
    • An exporter holding an RCMC registration has to furnish details like quarterly returns as well as the particulars of the exports made by the trader and disclose relevant information to the concerned Exports Promotion Council (EPC). In addition to this, the RCMC holder can submit the quarterly returns in the prescribed format to the Federation of Indian Exports Organization (FIEO).
5. What are the provisions regarding de-registration of RCMC Registration ?
There are certain conditions, rules and regulations for a trader to hold the RCMC registration. A violation of any of these conditions renders the concerned trader eligible for a de-registration of the registration cum membership certificate by the issuing authority. However, prior to this de-registration, the membership holder will be an appropriate chance to contest the de-registration and present plausible evidence for conditions leading up to the violation
6. How to appeal against the de-registration of the Registration Cum Membership Certificate ?
From the date of de-registration, within 45 days, an aggrieved trader can make an appeal against the deregistration to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) or any other designated agency and their decision on the deregistration will be final

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