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Export Promotion Councils of India for Handloom, Handicrafts, Silk, Jewellery, Crops.


    Handloom Export Promotion Council (HEPC) is a statutory body constituted under The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India to promote the exports of all handloom products like fabrics, home furnishings, carpets and floor coverings, etc. HEPC was constituted in the year of 1965 with 65 members and its present membership is around 2000 spread all over the country. The Handloom industry mainly exports fabrics, bed linen, table linen, toilet and kitchen linen, towels, curtains, cushions and pads, tapestries and upholstery's, carpets and floor coverings, etc. The basic objective of HEPC is to provide all support and guidance to the Indian Handloom exporters and International buyers for trade promotion and International marketing. HEPC has its head office at Chennai and regional offices at New Delhi.


    HEPC is incorporated as a non profit making company under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 and governed by the Memorandum and Articles of Association framed by the Council. It is administered by an Executive Committee consisting of elected representatives from the export trade, exofficio members and nominated Government officials. The Committee is headed by Chairman. The Chairman and Vice Chairman hold office for a period of two years. The secretary (Executive Director) of the Council, an IAS cadre officer appointed by the Government, assists the Council to run the administration.


  • Organizing participation in trade fairs, exhibitions and buyer-seller meets in India and Abroad.
  • Providing guidance, consultancy and support to handloom exporters to promote handloom exports.
  • Conducting propaganda regularly and popularise Indian Handloom products abroad though various means of publicity.
  • Collect, collate and disseminate trade data and commercial intelligence to exporters.
  • Facilitate the upgrading, popularisation and adoption of technology, quality and design improvement, standards and specifications, product development, diversification and innovations, etc.
  • Undertaking market studies in individual foreign countries.
  • Sending trade missions to the foreign countries.
  • Bringing out useful publications like colour catalogue, colour trends catalogue, importers and exporters directories etc.
  • Laying down standards of quality and packaging in respect of Indian Handlooms for export.
  • Approving agents, representatives or correspondence in foreign markets for continuously and regularly reporting the price, market preferences and reception accorded to Indian Handloom products.
  • Undertaking or assisting in research on schemes of technological nature designed to improve the efficiency of the handloom sector.
  • To advise the Government, local authorities and public bodies on the policies adopted by them in relation to their effect on industry or commerce and other measure including direct and indirect taxations in so far as such policies or measure having a bearing directly or otherwise on export of Indian Handloom products
  • Inquiring and investigating into complaints received from foreign buyers or Indian exporters and act as arbitrators if asked for it.

Our Strategies

  • Arrange for the participation of member exporters in the important trade fairs, organising buyer-seller meet (BSM), business missions.
  • Provide financial grants to the exporters with market development assistance for under taking sale-cum- study tours, participation in international fairs, publicity etc.
  • Popularise Indian Handloom products abroad through website publicity, advertisements in commercial portals, trade magazines, conducting exclusive hand woven shows, and through Council publications.
  • Dissemination of trade information like market studies, colour trends, design trends, export trends, standards and specifications, Government policies, circulars etc. through publications and news letters.
  • Conducting workshops, seminars on upgrading technology in pre-loom, loom, post loom practices to improve quality and productivity, popularising modern dyeing practices, product innovations, diversifications and improvement, quality compliance, better merchandising practices, packaging methods and so on to improve the competitiveness of Indian Handloom products.
  • Promote product innovation, diversification and improvement in the selected handloom clusters under Development of Exportable Products and Marketing scheme (DEPM) for promoting the production of exportable products.
  • Providing design support to develop new designs, fabric simulation colour printouts, peg plan graph outputs, layout information and computer aided colour matching etc. to the exporters.
  • Generating and dissemination of trade enquiries for facilitating International buyers to source the handloom products from Indian Handloom exporters.
  • Liaison with Government for strengthening infrastructure facilities in handloom export production centres, take efforts to improve forward and backward linkages in handloom sector.
  • Serve as a link between trade and Government to formulate appropriate policies to promote handloom export growth.
  • Inquiries into the complaints made against exporters and take up the exporter's problems related to the buyers with respective embassies.

The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is the promotion organisation operating since 1986 within the export & import policy frame work, set up by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India for promotion of Exports of handicrafts from India. EPCH is a non-profit and non-trading organisation working under the administrative control of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). The basic objective of EPCH is to promote & develop the exports of Country. The main role of EPCH is to project India's image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicrafts & gifts. More than 6000 handicraft's manufacturers & exporters are the members of EPCH. EPCH offers export marketing service which are are based on up to date market information.


  • To provide commercially useful information & assistance.
  • To offer professional advise to exporters in areas such as :
  • Technology upgradation
  • Quality and Design improvements
  • Product Development and inogation.
  • To organise visits of trade delegation to explore overseas market opportunity.
  • To promote participation in trade fairs and exhibitions & organise buyer-seller meet.
  • To organise Asia’s largest Handicrafts & Gifts Fair.
  • To promote interaction between exporting community and Government.
  • To provide reliable supplier of handicrafts to foreign buyers.
  • To organise workshops, seminars, entrepreneurs development programmes and other awareness-cum-training programme.
  • To disseminate information of handicraft industry.

The importers of handicrafts and gifts can always bank upon EPCH to look after their import needs. The EPCH undertakes to meet your choices, treasures of India’s rich cultural heritage so vividly reflected in its handicrafts.

The Indian Silk Export Promotion Council (ISEPC ) was established by the Government of India on 17th June 1983 with the prime object of promoting and regulating the export of natural silk goods and to promote India's image as a reliable supplier of high quality silk goods like fabrics, made-ups, readymade garments and machine made carpets.

Today 2000 firms are members of the ISEPC and US $ 500 millions worth of silk goods are exported annually to more than 100 countries. The ISEPC is playing an important role in bringing out this transformation.

The Indian Silk Export Promotion Council (ISEPC ) provide information and intermediation services for:

  • Right contacts in silk business within the country and abroad.
  • Organizing buyer-seller meets for silk products.
  • Product ranges available in India.
  • Participation in international textile fairs.
  • Latest trends for fashions, colors and designs.
  • Product improvement in silk.
  • Foreign collaborations for silk.

Gem and Jewellery Promote Council was Set-up in 1966.GJEPC has over the years effectively moulded the scattered efforts of individual exporters to make the gem and jewellery sector a powerful engine driving India's export-led growth. This apex body of the gem & jewellery industry has played a significant role in the evolution of the Indian gem and jewellery industry to its present stature. GJEPC is continuously working towards creating a pool of artisans and designers trained to international standards so as to consolidate the Indian jewellery industry and establish it as a prominent global player in the jewellery segment.

With strength of 6,500 members' spread all over the country, the Council is primarily involved in introducing the Indian gem & jewellery products to the international market and promotes their exports. To achieve this, the Council provides market information to its members regarding foreign trade inquiries, trade and tariff regulations, rates of import duties, and information about jewellery fairs and exhibitions.

According to the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), the total exports of the industry for the fiscal year 2006-07 were US$ 17,101.77 million as against US$16,646.04 million in 2005-06, showing a growth rate of 2.74 per cent over the previous fiscal year. The current fiscal witnessed an impressive growth of 10.86 per cent in April 2007 over the corresponding period in 2006. Exports in April 2007 amounted to US$ 1236.12 as against US$ 1115.07 in April 2006.

The role of GJEPC can be broadly classified under the following categories:

I. Trade Facilitator
The Council undertakes direct promotional activities like organising joint participation in international jewellery shows, sending and hosting trade delegations, and sustained image building exercises through advertisements abroad, publications and audio-visuals.

GJEPC also invites countries to explore areas of co-operation in supply of rough diamonds and rough colored stones as well as offers co-operation in jewellery manufacturing. The Council regularly communicates with Indian Embassies, trade bodies and associations in various countries. And finally, GJEPC also organizes seminars, buyer-seller meets, symposiums.

II. Advisory Role
A crucial area of activity of the Council has also been aiding better interaction and understanding between the trade and the government. The Council takes up relevant issues with government and agencies connected with exports and submit documents for consideration and inclusion in the Exim Policy. The Council also grants membership, registration certificates and performs other roles as per the Exim Policy.

III. Nodal Agency for Kimberly Process Certification Scheme
GJEPC works closely with the Government of India and the trade to implement and oversee the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme. To that effect, the Council has been appointed as the Nodal Agency in India under the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme.

IV. Training and Research
The Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council runs a number of institutes that provide training in all aspects of manufacture and design in Mumbai, Delhi, Surat and Jaipur. These training programs are being conducted to ensure that the Indian industry achieves the highest levels of technical excellence.

V. Varied Interests
The Council also publishes a number of brochures, statistical booklets, trade directories and a bi-monthly magazine - Solitaire International, which is distributed internationally as well as to its members. Finally, the Council has also developed its own promotional audiovisual film - 'India - Your First Choice', which is dubbed in various international languages as well as screened at various trade shows.

The Council is sponsored by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
For the purpose of keeping abreast of the various developments in the silk trade, both International and domestic, the council publishes a bulletin called the SILKNET which is distributed free of costs to its member. The magazine covers country profiles, fashion forecast trends, statistics, Govt. circulars, etc., In short the council is committed to simulating growth both in quality and quantity of silk exports. Towards this end the council offers to its member-exporters technical assistance, advice and information.

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