India’s export of oilseeds and products dates back to many decades. Groundnuts, Sesame seeds, Safflower seeds, Sunflower seeds, Niger seeds, Mustard seeds, found their way from India to international market since many years. Groundnut and Sesame together account for over 80% share in India’s oilseed export basket.
India is the largest exporter of groundnuts and sesame seed in the world with a share of about 29% and 19 % respectively in the world trade .
Roles and responsibilities of IOPEPC
Engaged in the development and promotion of exports of oilseeds and oils, Indian Oilseeds and Produce Export Promotion Council (IOPEPC), has been catering to the needs of exporters since past six decade.
Procedure for export of Sesame Seed :
Ministry of Commerce, Government of India has assigned the responsibility of development and promotion of oilseeds to the Council.
Following are some of the activities of IOPEPC :
Fairs & Exhibitions :
Liaising with Government :
Conducting Trade Meets & Surveys :
Providing Effective Dispute Settlement Mechanism :
The Council also acts as Institutional Arbitrator to provide speedy justice at much lower costs, thereby providing an excellent dispute redressal/settlement mechanism.
Certification of Warehouses and Processing Units for exports of Sesame Seed to EU :
The Council has been entrusted with the responsibility of inspecting warehouses and processing units which are engaged in the exports of sesame seed to EU. The Council also issues Certificate of exports and Health Certificate for sesame seed exports to EU.
Oilseeds and Oils under the Purview of the IOPEPC
Groundnut, Sesame seed, Soybean, Mustard/Rapeseed, Niger seed, Safflower seed, Sunflower seed, Linseed, Cotton seed, Castor seed.
Groundnut oil, Sesame oil, Soya oil, Mustard oil, Safflower oil, Sunflower oil, Linseed oil, Cotton oil, Castor oil and Peanut butter.
The stars among Indian Oilseeds & Oils:
India is the largest exporter of Sesame seeds and Groundnuts in world markets. While the Sesame seeds constitute about 31% of the total oilseeds exports, Groundnuts constitute about 61% of the total oilseeds exports from India.