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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.org, epces@vsnl.net, epcesho@gmail.com
 
 
 
1.    INTRODUCTION
Export Promotion Council for EOUs & SEZs (EPCES)  is the only Export Promotion Council which is scheme specific and multi-products Export Promotion Council in the country. EPCES represents major industrial sectors, like textiles, garments & yarn, gem & jewellery, leather goods, food & agro products, electronics & software, pharmaceuticals & chemicals, engineering, minerals, granites & other stones, plastic & rubber goods etc.    
 
India is the first Asian set up.  During the period 1965 to 2000, 6 more EPZs were set up in the country viz.   SEEPZ Mumbai, MEPZ Chennai, VEPZ Visakhapatnam, CEPZ Cochin, NEPZ Noida and FEPZ Kolkata and an EPZ was also set up in private sector i.e. Surat Special Economic Zones. Exports from EPZs in the year 1999-2000 were merely Rs.8000 crore (US$ 2 bn). Hence, the scheme was reviewed and  a  new SEZ Scheme was incorporated in the Foreign Trade Policy in the year 2000.
 
Keeping in view the importance of EOU/SEZ Sector a need was felt in the Department of Commerce to establish an Export Promotion Council exclusively for EOUs & SEZ Sector to service their export promotional needs. In this regard initiatives were taken by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in consultation with the EOUs and SEZ Industry from all over the country and constitutional requirements were complied and Export Promotion Council for EOUs and SEZs (EPCES)  was set up in in January, 2003 by Ministry of Commerce & Industry. EPCES has also been recognized by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India vide DGFT Public Notice No. 59/2002-7 dated 15.1.2003 and is registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.  

EPCES is the only Export Promotion Council which is scheme specific and multi-products Export Promotion Council in the country.
Its objectives are:
 
  • To promote exports from India and to earn more foreign exchange for the country.
  • To facilitate interaction between the EOUs/SEZs community and Government both at the Central and State level.
  • To provide benefits of Market  Access Initiative (MAI) Scheme  rendered  by the Central Government to Indian Exporters  for assisting their export market development efforts.
  • To collaborate 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 
2.  CONTRUBTION OF EOUs and SEZs TO THE INDIAN ECONOMY
 
EOUs and SEZs play a stellar role in the growth of exports from the country  and are providing direct employment to more than 2 million people in different parts of the country. In 2016-17 total exports from approx. 7000 EOUs and SEZs were recorded at Rs.5,60,229 crore (US $ 86 Billion). Of these exports from EOUs stood at Rs.39412 crore (Apr-Sept 2016) (US $ 6078 Million) and those from SEZs at Rs.5,23,637crore (US $ 80760 Million).
 
Government of India has formally approved 423 SEZs out of which, 356 SEZs have been notified as on 1.12.2017 and 222 SEZs are in operation as on 30.9.2017. The SEZ sector is providing employment to 18,23,451  persons in the country.    Investments worth Rs.4,48,832 crore have been made in SEZs as on 30.9.2017.
 
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 by EOUs & SEZs
Year
SEZ Units
EOUs
TOTAL
 
Rs. In
Crore
US $
 Million
Rs. In
Crore
US $ 
Million
Rs. In
Crore
US $ 
Million
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005-06
22840
5191
49462
11172
72302
16363
2006-07
34787
7688
69965
15462
104752
23150
2007-08
66638
16560
168839
41957
235477
58517
2008-09
99689
21675
176923
38467
276612
60142
2009-10
220711
46031
83700
17456
304412
63487
2010-11
315868
65806
76031
15857
391899
81663
2011-12
364478
68769
79343
14707
443821
83477
2012-13
476159
87546
92090
16932
568249
104478
2013-14
494077
82209
89642
14916
583719
97125
2014-15
463770
73614
98803
15683
562573
89297
2015-16
467337
70809
97493
14772
564830
85580
* 2016-17
523637
80760
39412
6078
563049
86839
* EOUs Exports (Apr-Sept 2016) Source MOC Annual Report 2016-17
 
       3.    ACTIVITIES OF EPCES
EPCES represents EOUs/SEZs Sector, which has approx. 7000 operational EOUs/SEZ Units/ SEZ Developers spread all over the country. EOU/SEZ Sector contribution 31%  in the export basket to national exports. The activities of EPCES encompass:
  • Providing financial assistance to EOUs/SEZ units through Market Access Initiative  (MAI) Scheme for export promotion activities abroad.
  • Organizing Open Houses/ Seminars/Workshops in different states of the country for resolving the problems of EOUs & SEZs and eliciting suggestions for policy making by Government.
  • Taking up issues affecting EOUs/SEZs with various Ministries like Commerce, Finance, CBEC, GST Council, 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.
  • Arrranging Trade Delegarions abroad for Export Promotion
  • Conducting studies on various subjects viz. GST, Services Sector, OBU, EOU, and SEZs etc.     
       4.   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 registered with Registrar of Societies under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.
  •  EPCES is the only 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 sector, 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 2016-17 was US $ 86 Billion (Rs. at Rs.5,63,049 crore). Within a short span of time of 15 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, GST Counicl, 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  65 Open House Meets 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 offices from Central and concerned State Governments all over the India at New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur,  Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Surat etc. These Open House Meets 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, Budget, 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. We send a complimentary copy of this book to all our members for their smooth day-to-day functions. We also send complimentary copies of this book to Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance and State Governments. This helps in bringing about uniformity in procedures at all the places. In the last seven 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. This Book has been released by Hon’ble Commerce & Industry Minister, Government of India and Commerce Secretary, Government of India.
  • 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 embers through EPCES News about the activities of the Council from time to time for their benefit.
  •  SEZ Scheme is playing a very significant role in our economy in creating of the world class infrastructure, promotion of exports of goods and services and employment generation from 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 and updates SEZ Act and SEZ Rules and Brochures on SEZs from time to time 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 Russia, Jordan, Australia, Kenya, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Panama, Chile, Bhutan, Mexico, Colombia, South Korea, UAE, Turkey, Mauritius, Germany etc.
  •  EPCES also provides financial assistance to EOUs and SEZ units in the form of Market Access Initiative (MAI) Scheme for participation in trade fairs/exhibitions abroad. This helps EOUs and SEZ Units in increasing their exports from the country.
  • EPCES website www.epces.org  has complete information about the Council and it’s activities like Forthcoming events i.e. Open Houses, Seminars, Trade Fair and exhibitions abroad, Road shows abroad etc. Members can also access  archives and latest EPCES Circulars, Directory of Members, Detail information of EOU and SEZ Scheme including SEZ Act and Rules, Guidelines for Market Access Initiative (MAI) Scheme, Benefits of becoming member of the Council, procedure of becoming members of the Council, downloadable membership application forms along with necessary instructions, etc.
  • 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 8 persons.
5.   IMPORTANT CIRCULARS ISSUED BY EPCES
 
After EPCES was set up in January 2003, Director General, EPCES had started the process of sending EPCES Circulars to its members wherein members are informed about the issuance of  latest notifications/public notices/circulars/other instructions related to EOUs/SEZ Units/SEZ Developer by various government authorities. As per the feedback received by EPCES from EOUs/ SEZ Units/SEZ Developers, members find these circulars very useful. Accordingly, an index of these circulars along with the subject matter, issued in the previous years is given in this book. Members can also access these circulars along with the relevant instructions on EPCES website www.epces.org
 
6    BRIEF DETAILS OF REVISED MARKET ACCESS INITIATIVE (MAI) SCHEME EFFECTIVE FROM 4.8.2014
 
Ministry of Commerce & Industry has revised Market Access Initiatives (MAI) Scheme with effect from 4.8.2014. Brief details of revised Market Access Initiative (MAI) are as under:  
  • MAI  is an Export Promotion Scheme envisaged to act as a catalyst to promote India’s export on a sustained basis.
  • The scheme is formulated on focus product-focus country approach to evolve specific market and specific product through market studies/survey.
  • Assistance would be provided to Export Promotion Organizations/ Trade Promotion Organizations/ National Level Institutions/ Research Institutions/ Universities/ Laboratories, Exporters, etc., for enhancement of export through accessing new markets or through increasing the share in the existing markets. Under the Scheme the level of assistance for each eligible activity has been fixed.
  • Under the Scheme, assistance would be provided for National Level participation in trade fairs/exhibitions (duly approved so by the Department of Commerce), organizing "Trade Festival of India" to showcase merchandise and service or the participation in the fair is at National Level at identified potential places abroad. Such participation/organisation of such fairs/exhibitions will normally be part of a comprehensive strategy.
  • To maximize the benefits,  such efforts should be linked with effective publicity campaign, seminars, buyers-sellers meets etc. These activities will be coordinated by the Eligible Agencies.
  •  In order to enable all EOUs, SEZ Units and SEZ Developers, who have IEC No., to avail the benefits of MAI Scheme, Export Promotion Council for EOUs and SEZs (EPCES) has submitted its Annual Action Plans for the years 2015-16 and 2016-17 to Ministry of Commerce & Industry for approval. Under the Scheme, EPCES will arrange participation of EOUs, SEZ Units and SEZ Developers, who have IEC No. and   will offer built up stalls at subsidized rates for participation in trade fairs and exhibitions abroad. The following sub-components would be covered :  
o   Venue Cost including organizing expenses
o   Publicity cost for the event
o   Cost of the catalogues and other material
o   Translation and interpreter charges
o   Airfare to EPCES members
o   Any other component approved by the Empowered Committee  
  • Along side, EPCES will also organize Buyer Seller Meets and Interactions of EOUs, SEZ Units and SEZ Developers with foreign businessmen, investors and buyers for attracting foreign investments in SEZs in India and for increasing exports from the country.   
  • EPCES will inform its members about its participation in trade fairs/exhibitions abroad for the years 2018-19 shortly. 
Complete details of the MAI Scheme are available on website of Ministry of Commerce & Industry at www.commerce.nic.in