Spice Board


Spice Board is an organization of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India which works for development and promotion of Indian spices worldwide. Spice Board is a bridge between Indian exporters and abroad importers of spices. Spice Board works as a driving force for the activities of Indian spices and achievements of this Industry.

Spice Board is a regulatory body of Indian Government which was constituted in 1987 by the merger of Cardamom Board 1968 and Spices Export Promotion Council, 1960. Spice Board issues the certificate to person or establishment  involved in the work of spices. Spice Board is also responsible for the Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices (CRES)  as per the provisions of sec. 11 of The Spice Board Act, 1986.

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  • Importance

    It is mandatory for all who are dealing in the work of spices  must issue registration certificate under The Spice Board Act, 1986. If an application is filed for such certificate it will be disposed off after three months of time period.

  • Certification procedure

    Step 1 : File an application under Form-1, applicant i.e. exporters has to submit fees for registration also in the prescribed format. Fees is submitted by Demand Draft in favour of Spice Board.

    • Manufacturer Exporter : Rs.15,000/-    

    • Merchant Exporter  : Rs.10,000/-

    Step 2 :  If application faces rejection due to existence of any flaws, fees submitted is non-refundable.

    Step 3 : Application must be attached with a Certificate from bank which contains the applicant’s financial status.

    Step 4 : Inspection has been conducted by Regulating Authority, and after getting satisfaction in the same issue a Certificate with exporting in Form A.

  • Validity

    Registration certificate is valid for 3 years. After the expiry period one needs to renew the Certificate by filing application under Form-1 to authority. It has certain time limits. If any person who fails to apply for Certificate renewal in prescribed time period of one month, has to apply for a fresh registration certificate.

  • Function
    • Post-harvest improvement of all spices

    • To promote organic production, processing and certification of spices

    • Development of spices in North Eastern States

    • To provide quality services

    • Research, marketing of spices

    • To promote export of spices

    • Increase in technology and quality

    • Promotion of brand

    • Exporters registration

    • Certification & control of quality

    • Documentation of trade information

    • To give views on Import & Export policies of spices, to Central Government.

  • List of spices under The Spice Board Act, 1986
    • Cardamom, Chilly, Ginger, Pepper, turmeric, Cumin, Bishop weeds

    • Celery, Fennel, Fenugreek, Aniseed, Caraway, Cinnamon, Dill

    • Mustard, Mint, Curry leaf, Cassia, Kokam, Pomegranate seed, parsley, saffron

    • Tej patta, Vanilla, Star Anise, Sweet flag, Pepper long, Greater Galanga, Horse-Radish

    • Caper, Asafetida, Cambodge, Hyssop, Clove, Lovage, Bay leaf

    • Nutmeg, Juniper Berry, Marjoram, Mace, Basil, Tamarind, Poppy seed

    • Tarragon, Rosemary, Oregano, Sage, Thyme, Coriander and Savory.

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