Assistance Scheme for Spices Export

Assistance Scheme for Spices Export

Assistance Scheme for Spices Export

The Indian Government has initiated a subsidy scheme for the spice exporters and research institutions to undertake product research and development under the Department of Export Development and Promotion of Spices. Let us look in detail about the Assistance Scheme for Spices Export in this article.

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Eligibility Criteria

All the registered exporters who have registered their brands with the Board, Spice House Certificate (SHC), Logo holders and organic certification holders are eligible to avail the benefits of the scheme. The recognized research institutions are also eligible to apply for this assistance scheme.

Assisted Areas under the Scheme

Under this scheme, the grant in aid is provided to the major areas that are as follows:

  • Utilization of the services of international or national research institutes for the developing new spice products and applications or for establishing traditional and non-traditional values. 
  • In-house research programmes by the entities with sufficient infrastructure facilities.
  • Clinical trials to establish and verify the therapeutic properties of the spices through reputed third parties. 
  • Patenting and product registration in consuming countries. 
  • Spices Board would examine the application forms and on satisfying the proposal, the Board will accord ‘in-principle’ approval to the project proposal on merit to proceed with the project further. 

Scale of Assistance 

Under this scheme, the subsidy is provided at 50% of the cost with subject to a maximum amount of Rs.25 lakhs per beneficiary during the plan period that is provided to meet the cost of product research and development. In the case, the clinical trials and patenting are also involved in the programme, the ceiling amount will be up to Rs.1 crore. All payments under the assistance schemes by the Board would be in the form of a crossed cheque or Bank transfer. 

The financial assistance will be released in three instalments, as given below unless the MoU executed in this behalf provide otherwise; 

  • The first instalment of 30% of the project cost (excluding the cost of equipment, if any) & cost of equipment/instruments required during the period, will be released on signing the MoU to begin the research work. 
  • The second instalment of 30% of the project cost (excluding the cost of equipment) will be released after significant progress is made in the proposed research work and on submission of the progress report and expenditure statement supported by attested bills and vouchers, along with the cost of equipment/instruments required during the period.
  • Balance amount as third and final instalment after completion of the research work and submission of final & completion report with the detailed presentation in the Board’s office. 
  • In case of individual exporters and non-government institutions, the grant will be released on production of Bank guarantee equivalent to 110% of the first and second instalment of the grant amount. On submission of the final report, the BGs will be released.

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Documents Required

The required documents must be furnished along with the application form are as follows:

  • Application in the prescribed form in duplicate
  • Project description appraised by financial institutions/Chartered Engineer or any other competent technical organization
  • List of equipment proposed to be installed
  • Copies of quotations for machinery/equipment from a minimum of two parties

Export Obligation

No export obligation is prescribed for availing the assistance for the product research and development. 

Application Procedure of the Scheme

The exporter who wants to avail of the assistance under this scheme has to follow the below procedure:

Step 1: The applicant will have to approach the Spices Board to apply for this Assistance Scheme Spices Export.

Step 2: Then, the applicant has to get the scheme form from the office and have to fill out the in the prescribed format along with copies of the detailed proposal including details of the market promotion to be offered with the cost break up in each segment separately.

Step 3: The applicant will have to provide detailed report/records of the activities undertaken along with a progress report and also an expenditure statement has to provide that the loan has been fully utilized only for the sanctioned purpose must be submitted at the end of each year.

Step 4: The supporting documentary proofs for the expenditure incurred/committed has to be produced to the Board.

Step 5: Finally, the applicants can avail the funds on completion of the formalities and the fund will be transferred to the applicant at the earliest.

Inspection/Verification 

The beneficiary would produce all necessary documents that would be called for by the Board particular to the project in addition to the below following documents: 

  • Final report of the product research and development 
  • Original bills and copies of payments that are made in the course of completion of the project
  • Expenditure statement duly certified by Chartered Accountant
  • Samples of products manufactured (if applicable)
  • Copies of documents/records to establish the claimed properties of the products (if applicable)
  • Documentary evidence for the patenting the product (as applicable)

Release of grant

Based on the completion report and on the verification of the documents/certificates, the Board would release the eligible grant to the beneficiary or to the proposed agency and institution. In the case, if courier or air freight charges, the exporters can raise the claims for the payment on a quarterly basis and the bills relating to the last quarter of the financial year must be submitted before the specified before the date.

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