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Tobacco Board undertakes the following Export Promotion Activities:

  • Inviting official and business delegations from abroad.
  • Organizing visits of official and trade delegations abroad.
  • Participation in International Trade Fairs and Exclusive world tobacco exhibitions & symposiums abroad.
  • Publicity by undertaking an extensive advertisement campaign in the international media to promote Indian tobacco
  • Dissemination of Information and various enquiries received from overseas customers to the exporters
  • Providing recommendatory, advisory and other support services to the Trade and Industry.
  • Problem solving in Government Agencies and Organizations - RBI, Customs; Import/Export Procedures; problems with Importers through Indian Missions abroad.
  • Provision of inputs to the Central Government on policy matters relating to export of tobacco and tobacco product

Services to Exporters

Registration-CUM-Membership-Certificate (RCMC)

The Tobacco Board, apart from issue of the annual registration for various categories of Traders under the Act, also grants Registration-cum-Membership Certificates as outlined, in chapter 3 of the Foreign Trade Policy and Hand Book of Procedures.

Application for RCMC is to be made in the prescribed Form given in appendix-4 of the Hand Book of procedures Vol-1, which can be obtained from Tobacco Board on requisition. The filled in application shall be submitted to Board along with

  • A Bank Certificate in support of the applicant's financial soundness
  • Photocopy of the Import Export Code number issued by the DGFT Office.
  • Photocopy of Registration Certificate issued by Tobacco Board as an exporter

Registration is granted as Merchant Exporter or Manufacturer Exporter. In case the exporter desires to get registration as Manufacturer Exporter, he shall furnish evidence of manufacturing activity owned by him (for example License issued by Industries Department) along with application.

Registration is granted for a period of 5 years, which is valid from 1st April of the Licensing year in which License was issued.

In case of change in ownership, constitution, name or address of an exporter, it shall be obligatory on the part of RCMC holder to intimate such change to the Registering Authority within a period of one month from the date of such change.

Tobacco Board issues an RCMC in about five working days from the day of application, if the application is in order in all respects.

GSP (Generalized system of Preferences) CERTIFICATION

Under the Regime of the Generalized system of Preferences of European Union, Tobacco Board is authorized to issue the Certificate of origin.

Blank GSP forms are available with the Board on payment of Rs.25/- per set by Cash/D.D. in favour of Tobacco Board, Guntur.

The following documents are to be submitted for issue of GSP certificates.

  • Invoices (2 copies)
  • Bill of Lading (duly authenticated)
  • Customs certified invoice in case of post shipment certification.
  • Duly filled in G.S.P. FORMS SET.
  • D.D. for Rs.110/- per set drawn in favour of Tobacco Board, Guntur towards certification fee.

Tobacco Board also issues certificate of Origin and Certificate of Authenticity covering Exports of Tobacco & Tobacco Products to other destinations.

Tobacco Board will issue GSP certificate with in 24 hours of application, if all the documents are in order.

Export of tobacco and tobacco products – Provisions of Foreign Trade Policy

Export and Import of unmanufactured tobacco and all tobacco products are under open general license and hence can be imported or exported with out any restriction.

Export of Unmanufactured tobacco is exempted from compulsory pre-shipment inspection (Agmark certification) by any Govt. Agency subject to the condition that the exporter has a firm letter from the overseas buyer stating that the overseas buyer does not want pre-shipment inspection by any official Indian inspection agency and the said letter is filed by the exporter before the Customs authorities.

Export of un-manufactured tobacco and tobacco products are not subject to any price controls like Minimum Export Prices restriction, and quota controls.

Duties & Cesses

There are no duties/ cesses payable on exports of tobacco. Government of India had abolished the Tobacco Board Cess and AP Cess levied on exports of tobacco.

DEPB Rates for Tobacco Items

S.No.Export ProductRate of Credit (as a % age of FOB value of exports)
Tobacco/Sweet Tobacco/ Tobacco Paste packed in the relevant packing material
Cigarettes Packed in consumer packs
Acetate Cigarette filter Rods – 24.5 mm x 120 mm
Cigarette packing material


 Page Updated on : 11-01-2012
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