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Laxmi Yadav, Mumbai December 02 , 2021
The Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has introduced a single window system for Registration Cum Membership Certificate (RCMC)/Registration Certificate (RC) related processes including application for fresh/ amendment/renewal of RCMC/RC. Pharmaceutical exporters have welcomed the DGFT’s initiative.

The directorate has asked exporters to submit applications for RCMC/RC or its renewal through the common digital platform with effect from December 6, 2021.

RCMC is a membership certificate issued for five years by export promotion councils or commodity boards of India. This certificate is issued as a proof that any particular exporter is registered with the council. RCMC is mandatory for availing some export benefits under Foreign Trade Policy.

A new online common digital platform for the issuance of RCMC/RC has been developed which would be a single point of access for all exporters/importers and issuing agencies. The given platform shall be available at https://dgft.gov.in.

The objective of the platform is to provide an electronic, contact-less single window for the RCMC/RC-related processes including application for fresh/ amendment/ renewal of RCMC/ RC.

“Applications for RCMC/RC may be submitted through the common platform with effect from December 6, 2021. Submitting applications on this online platform shall not be mandatory for the exporters immediately and there shall be a transition period for issuing agencies as well as exporters to onboard this common digital platform. The existing procedure of submitting applications directly to the designated issuing agency shall also be in operation in parallel during this transition period. Submission and issuance of RCMC/RC by the issuing agencies through their system may continue up to February 28, 2022, or until further orders,” stated a notification issued by DGFT on November 30, 2021.

“The authenticity of the online issue shall be verifiable by login into the exporter profile on https://dgft.gov.in. The details for RCMC/RC issued using the DGFT portal will be reflected instantly in the profile of the exporter. Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)/Aadhar would be required for the purpose of electronic submission of applications. The digital signature would be the same as used in other DGFT applications, and no separate registration is required for availing of the RCMC/RC service from the DGFT portal. Already registered exporters/importers can avail of the service using the same login credentials,” said Deepak Jhalani, deputy director, DGFT.

The Federation of Pharmaceutical Merchant Exporters and Allied Products (FPME) has been demanding digitization of RCMC/RC issuance for a long time.

Welcoming the DGFT’s notification with regard to electronic filing of RCMC/RC, Kamlesh Shah, chairman, FPME, said, “We have been demanding this for a long time. It’s a move towards Digital India. It will make issuance of RCMC/RC and its renewal smooth and hassle free. Now exporters will no longer require no objection certificate to apply for RCMC. System upgradation of export procedures is always a welcome step.”

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