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Export Assistance

1. Schemes:

a) Market Access Initiative Scheme (MAI): This scheme is operated by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. Under MAI scheme, financial assistance is provided on focus country and focus product basis to enhance export.

Entities eligible for assistance are:

  • Export Promotion Organizations.
  • Trade Promotion Organizations.
  • National Level Institutions.
  • Research Institutions/ Universities/ Laboratories.
  • Exporters.

Activities eligible for assistance are:

  • Marketing projects abroad.
  • Capacity Building.
  • Support for statutory compliances.
  • Studies.
  • Project Development.
  • Miscellaneous.

Please visit the website: for guidelines of the scheme.

b) Market Development Assistance Scheme (MDA):This scheme is operated by Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. Under MDA scheme, financial assistance is provided for:

  • Exporters for export promotion activities abroad.
  • Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) to undertake export promotion activities fortheir product(s) and commodities.
  • Approved organizations/trade bodies in undertaking exclusive nonrecurring
    innovative activities connected with export promotion efforts for their members.
  • Focus export promotion programmes in specific regions abroad like Focus
    (LAC), Focus (Africa), Focus (CIS) and Focus (ASEAN + 2) programmes.
  • Residual essential activities connected with marketing promotion efforts abroad.

Assistance to individual exporters:
Exporting companies with an f.o.b. value of exports of upto Rs.30 crore in the preceding year will be eligible for MDA assistance for participation in BSMs/fairs/exhibitions abroad to explore new markets for export of their specific product(s) and commodities from India in the initial phase. This will be subject to the condition that the exporter has completed 12 months membership with concerned EPC and filing of returns with concerned EPC/organisation regularly. However, this condition would not apply in case of a new EPC for a period of 5 years from the date of its creation. No such ceiling is applicable for participation in Focus LAC region.

Assistance would be permissible on travel expenses by air, in economy excursion class fair and/or charges of the built up furnished stall. This would, however, be subject to anupper ceiling mentioned below in the table per tour.

For EPC led Trade Delegations/BSMs, the participating companies are eligible to avail a space grant of Rs.80,000/- and travel grant of to and fro air travel in economy excursion class upto a maximum of Rs.70,000/- for their participation in Focus Africa, Focus CIS and Focus ASEAN+2 programmes. At the same time, they are eligible for the travel grant upto a maximum of Rs.1,00,000/- towards their participation in Focus LAC programme. No travel grant is permissible for visit to General Areas.

However, for priority sectors such as Handicrafts, Handlooms, Carpets, Leather , Minor Forest produce and Agriculture including food items, 2 participations in General Areas would be admissible with the assistance of Rs. 2,00,000/- for each participation. The exporters availing of assistance under this provision would, however, be in addition to these participations, eligible for only any 2 Focus Area participations. Otherwise maximum number of permissible participations shall be five in a financial year as per the table given below:



No. of Visits

Maximum Financial ceiling
per event (in Rs.)


Focus LAC




Focus Africa (including WANA Countries)




Focus CIS




Focus ASEAN+2




General Areas





Please visit the website: for guidelines of the scheme.

2. National Handloom Development Programme:

This scheme is operated by Office of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

Components of the scheme:

  • Consolidation of Clusters.
  • New Clusters.
  • Group Approach.
  • Marketing Incentive.
  • Handloom Marketing Assistance.
  • Developing and Strengthening of Handloom Institutions.
  • Handloom Census.
  • Others.
  • Committed Liabilities.

Objectives of the scheme:

  • To strengthen/consolidate existing handloom clusters for their sustainability: Interventions-focus on loom up-gradation, design inputs, credit, marketing plus other need based interventions.
  • To focus on formation of handloom weavers‟ groups as a visible production group in a selected handloom clusters.
  • To reduce drudgery of handloom weavers, improve productivity & quality of handloom products by providing technologically upgraded accessories.
  • To develop & strengthen the Handloom Institutions, including WSCs/IIHTs.
  • Market orientation by associating entrepreneurs, designers and professionals for marketing, designing and managing the production and providing marketing infrastructure support.
  • An inclusive approach to cover weavers both within and outside the co-operative fold.
  • Holistic and flexible interventions to provide need based inputs specific to each cluster/group etc
  • To provide a platform for marketing of handloom products, both in domestic and international markets and brand promotion.
  • Cultural Exchange by deputing weavers abroad.

Handloom Marketing Assistance:

The objective of the Handloom Marketing Assistance is to develop and promote the marketing channels in domestic as well as export market and bring about linkage between the two in a holistic and integrated manner. The handloom marketing assistance components has the following sub-components:

  • Domestic marketing promotion
  • Marketing infrastructure development
  • Market access initiative
  • Handloom export promotion

Council under the Handloom Export Promotion sub-component organizes various major activities like international exhibitions, reverse BSMs, export projects, publicity measures, etc. to promote export of Handloom products across the world.

Please visit the website: for guidelines of the scheme.

3. Duty free import entitlement of specified trimmings and embellishments:

Under this scheme, a manufacturer of textile garment or a merchant exporter tied-up with supporting manufacturer of textile garments registered with HEPC can avail benefit of Duty free import of specified trimmings, embellishments etc @ 5% of FOB value of Handloom garments exported and realized during the preceding financial year to fulfillment of condition No.24 specified in the Customs Notification no. No.12/2012 dated March 17, 2012.

A manufacturer of handloom made ups registered with the Handloom Export Promotion Council can avail benefit of Duty free import of specified trimmings, embellishments etc @ 5% of FOB value of handloom madeups, exported and realized during the preceding financial year subject to fulfillment of condition No.28 specified in the Customs Notification no. No.12/2012 dated March 17, 2012.

4. Supply of yarn at mill gate price:

The objective of this component is to make available all types of yarn at Mill Gate Price and provide 10% Price Subsidy on cotton hank yarn, domestic silk and wool so as to facilitate regular supply of basic raw materials to the handloom sector and help utilize the full employment potential of the sector.

The benefit is available to eligible handloom weavers, Handloom producers/manufacturers exporting directly and registered with HEPC.

5. Drawback:

Drawback assistance is provided to exporters as a reimbursement of the incidence of central levies -excise, customs duty and service tax on the raw materials used for the production of the products that are exported.

6. Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS):

A new scheme merging 5 different schemes (Focus Product Scheme, Market Linked Focus Product Scheme, Focus Market Scheme, Agri. Infrastructure Incentive Scrip, VKGUY) MEIS has been notified. Exports of notified goods/products with ITC[HS] code, to notified markets as listed in Appendix 3B, shall be rewarded under MEIS. Duty Credit Scrips shall be granted as rewards under MEIS and SEIS. Duty Credit Scrips and goods imported / domestically procured against them shall be freely transferable.

Exports of Handloom products bearing notified ITC HS codes are eligible for 5% of duty credit scrip to traditional markets (30 nos.), emerging & focus markets (139 nos.) and other markets (30 nos.). Exports of Handloom products through courier or foreign post office using e-commerce platform are eligible for benefit under MEIS.