Membership Details


To become a Registered Textile Exporter (RTE) the basic requirement is to obtain an Import-Export License (and get the unique IE code) from the office of the respective Joint Director General of Foreign Trade, and register with the Export Promotion Council. An exporter can be a manufacturer exporter or merchant exporter. Registration with this Council under Export and Import Policy is necessary for availing the benefits and concessions granted by the Government for exports of handloom.

There are two type of membership in the Council viz.

(1) Registered Textile Exporter (RTE)

(2) Member

All new exporters shall be registered initially as RTE and converted subsequently as Members depending on their eligibility after one year.

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(1) Registered Textile Exporters (RTE)

Exporters who enroll with the Council are initially called RTE.
Any manufacturer, processor, and exporter of handlooms can take RTE. Export turnover performance is not a condition to become a RTE. Membership can be done either in the Council’s head office at Chennai or at the regional office at New Delhi. The application format can also be requested through email or downloaded from the Council’s website.

Application forms duly filled in along with the following documents may be sent to the Head Office or Regional Office at New Delhi in person or by post and the Council will issue the Registration-Cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC) within 2 weeks, if the applications are in order.

The applications duly filled in should be sent to the Council along with the following documents:

1. Demand draft for Rs.9,200/- in favour of ‘THE HANDLOOM EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL, CHENNAI

2. Self attested photocopy copy of the Import Export Certificate (IEC) Number issued by the Jt. Director General of Foreign Trade.

3. Self attested photocopy copy of PAN card issued by the Income Tax Department.

4. In the case of Partnership firm, a self attested photocopy of the entire Partnership Deed.

5. In the case of Joint Stock Company or a Society of any other Corporate Body self attested copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association (along with Form 32 in chase change of representatives), a resolution by the Board of Management of the Corporate Body agreeing to apply for RTE. The resolution should be in the following manner.

“We hereby agree to apply for the RTE of the Handloom Export Promotion Council and abide by the Rules”.

6. According to the Articles of Association of the Council, you have to nominate an authorized representative as indicated below

a. Only one of your partners in case yours is a PARTNERSHIP FIRM and the same should be attested by any other partner than the nominated authorized representative.

b. Only the Proprietor/Proprietix should be self nominated in the case of PROPRIETORY CONCERN.

c. Only one of the Directors should be nominated as the authorized representative in case of limited Companies and Association
Specimen Signature of the nominated representative should be duly filled-in as per the instructions given in Annexure ‘1’.

7. Please state specifically whether you want to get yourself registered as MERCHANT EXPORTER or MANUFACTURER EXPORTER. In case of Manufacturer Exporter, you should produce a Self attested photocopy copy of certificate to the effect that you are a Manufacturer of cotton handloom fabrics and made-ups either from the State in-charge of Handloom of your area or from the SSI authority.

Duly signed and filled-in application form along with the documents required mentioned above has to be submitted along with applicable fee for issuing the Registered Textile Exporter (RTE) Certificate and Registration Cum Membership Certificate (RCMC)


Admission Fee



Annual Subscription



Service tax @ 15%






RTEs must renew every year by making a payment of Rs.9,200/- as renewal fees between March and June.

RTEs situated in the Northern Region i.e. Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are requested to send their annual subscription to our Regional Office at Flat No.1004, 10th Floor, Padma Towers, 5, Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008.

Special Safeguard to Members Registered Prior To 26.11.2000

Members who have enrolled with the Council prior to 27.11.2000 (i.e. prior to the Amendment of Article of Association of the Council) are automatically treated as members irrespective of their present export turnover performance subject to the condition that they shall fulfil the member qualification within the prescribed three year period or otherwise will be automatically converted to RTE at the end of that year.

Renewal Fee: (Only renewal fee is applicable for members)

Annual Subscription



Service tax @ 15%






They must renew their membership every year by making a payment of Rs.6,900/- as renewal fees between March and June.

Members situated in the Northern Region i.e. Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are requested to send their annual subscription to our Regional Office at Flat No.1004, 10th Floor, Padma Towers, 5, Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008.

Tips to the new exporter

• Export market is highly competitive, sensitive to fashion and trends, and demands quality and timely delivery.

• Different countries have different standards, specifications and import tariffs for each item and different colour and design preferences.

• Each country has different buying seasons influenced by specific colour forecast and product preference.

• An exporter can either export directly or through buying agents.

• An exporter who is new and inexperienced in the market would do better by working through buying agents who represent importers.

• You can seek the help of the Council to get the list of buying agents or to get information about foreign markets.

• You can participate in the buyer-seller meets arranged by the Council for developing more personal interaction with the buyers.

• ECGC insurance cover is essential to protect exporters from non-payment by the buyer on account of commercial and political risks inherent in foreign trade.

• EXIM bank extends line of credit, facilitating the sanction of credit to your buyer in return for placing orders with you. EXIM bank also refinances your credit requirements from banks.

• Exporters normally use agents who facilitate the clearing of goods and documents by complying with all procedures. They also help you to comply with all other formalities related to other Government agencies.

• Customs/Central Exercise formalities can be sorted out by writing to the Public Relation Officer, Office of the Commissioner of Customs or Central Excise in their respective areas.
An exporter need not necessarily register with HEPC in which case he will not be able to avail the benefits that are extended to the exporters registered with the Council.