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Introduction to Spice Board Registration & Certification

India is well-known for its spices. Even before India's spirituality captured the world's attention. It was the aroma of our spices that drew people to our nation. Moreover, India has now emerged as a worldwide participant in the spice trade. The business of exporting spices has become very beneficial for many.

Any business entity who is a Producer Exporter or a Merchant Exporter of the 52 listed spices and Cardamom is obliged to get Spice Board Registration as per Government regulations.

The Spice Board of India offers Spice Board Registration to people who want to start a trade in exporting spices and to ensure that the exporting business is not abused fraudulently.

Eligibility Criteria for Spice Board Registration

1. Manufacturer Exporters and Merchant Exporters are eligible to get Spice Board registration.

2. Exporters who want to export any of the listed 52 spices from India.

3. Must have import export code license.

4. Must have GST Registration in the name of applicant firm.

Functions of the Spice Board

1. The Spices Board (Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India) is a non-profit organisation that aims to produce and market Indian spices across the world.

2. The Board acts as a connection between Indian spice exporters and foreign importers.

3. Furthermore, the Spices Board is the driving force behind Indian Spices' actions for excellence and the accomplishments of every section of this business.

4. The Function of the Spice Board also includes the development of small and big cardamom, the promotion, development, and regulation of spice exports, and the quality control of spices for export.

5. Under the supervision of the Indian Cardamom Research Institute, the Spices Board also conducts research on cardamom of both types i.e. small and big.

Spice Board Registration also known as CRES

CRES stands for Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices

Benefits of Spice Board Registration

Spice Board Registration benefits spice exporters in unlimited ways. The most significant benefits of having a Spice Board Registration are as follows.

1. Registration by the Spice Board aids exporters and importers in making connections with each other.

2. It helps in identifying qualified supplier sources for importers' unique needs and Processes International trade enquiries and forwards them to reputable exporters.

3. Spice Board organizes group programmes bringing together International organisations, exporters, and policymakers.

4. As per the notification of 2008 April by the authorities, RCMC is not needed after (CRES) issued by the Spices Board because it is treated as Registration-cum-Membership Certificate. Thus, the exporters of spices having Spice Board Registration need not apply for RCMC.

5. Spice Board is also In charge of maintaining a comprehensive and up-to-date data bank for exporters and importers. Thus, exporters having the registration always stay updated with the demands of the market.

6. Spice Board Registration also helps in other relevant services that may be required for expanding the export business.

Key Government Schemes for Spices Exporters

The Government of India offers a number of schemes to support the export of spices. These schemes provide financial assistance for a variety of activities, including market research, product development, and participation in trade fairs. For more information on these schemes, please visit the website of the Spices Board of India or talk to our experts.

Link: Key Government Schemes for Spices Exporters

Experts: Please contact us at info@e-startupindia.com or +91-8881-069-069.

Why is Spice Board Registration mandatory?

As per section 11 of the SPICES BOARD ACT, 1986, no business shall start or carry on the business of export of any spice from India without Spice Board Registration.

It is important to note that exporting spices without the Spice board registration may result in-

1. Confiscation of the Spice Stock in hand.

2. Imprisonment upto one year.

3. Fine upto one thousand rupees.

List of Spices covered under Spice Board Registration

1. A wide range of spices covered under spice board registration from cardamom, clove, basil, tamarind and many more.

2. Find out the list of 52 spices under Spice Board Registration at - List of Spices Mentioned in the Spice Board Act.

List of Market Centers for Spices

S. No. Spices/Spice Products Markets
1 Black Pepper Cochin,Alleppey,Calicut,Nedumangad,Konni, Adoor,Pala,Alwaye (Aluva),Thodupuzha, Chalakudy,Vatakara (Vadagara) - (Formerly Badagara), Cannanore,Thalassery-(Formerly Tellicherry), Kanjangad (Kanhangad),Kasaragod-(Kerala); Chikmagalur, Sakleshpur, Sirsi
2 Cardamom Cochin,Thodupuzha-(Kerala);Sakleshpur,Madikeri (Coorg, Kodagu -Formerly Mercara) Mangalore-(Karnataka);Mumbai-(Maharashtra);Virudhunagar,Cumbum,Bodinayakanur, Tevaram,pattiveeranpatti-(Tamil nadu);Puttady-Spices Park
3 Large Cardamom Jorethang, Gangtok, Mangan, Singtam, Kalimpong, Guwahati, Tinsukia , Siliguri, Delhi
4 Chillies Virudhunagar,Thoothukudi-(Formerly-Tuticorin),Byadagi, Gadag, Hubballi (Karnataka); sankarankoil,kovilpatti,Theni,Ariyalur,Ramanathapuram-(Tamil Nadu); Tinsukia, Silchar(Assam); Siliguri, Kolkata (West Bengal); Pasighat and Roing (Arunachal Pradesh); Bhoirymbong, Rongram (Meghalaya);
5 Ginger Cochin,Alleppey,Punalur,Adoor,Pala,alwaye, Muvattupuzha,Thodupuzha,Calicut,Thalassery-(Formerly Tellicherry)-(Kerala); Shimoga, Hasan, Coorg-Madikeri (Karnataka); Dimapur (Nagaland); Guwahati,Tinsukia, Silchar(Assam); Siliguri, Kolkata (West Bengal); Pasighat and Roing (Arunachal Pradesh); Bhoirymbong, Rongram (Meghalaya)
6 Vanilla Pollachi (Tamil Nadu); Coorg, Sirsi, Thirthhalli, Shimoga, Koppa (Karnataka)
7 Turmeric Cochin, Alleppey-(Kerala),Erode-(Tamil nadu),Kadapa(formerly cuddapah), Guntur-(Andhra Pradesh),Nizamabad -(Telangana),Sangli, Basmat-Hingoli-(Maharashtra)
8 Celery seed Amritsar-(Punjab),Nadiad-(Gujarat),Saharanpur-(Uttar Pradesh)
9 Coriander seed Guntur,Uravakonda,Nandyal-(Andhra pradesh); Ramganj Mandi, Baran,Kota-(Rajasthan); Tiruchirappalli, Virudhunagar-(Tamil Nadu); Davanagere-(Karnataka);Jaunpur-(Uttar Pradesh); Gondal (Gujarat); Kumbharaj (Madhya Pradesh)
10 Cumin seed Unjha,Rajkot, Gondal, Patan, Deesa,Palan,Mehsana, Visnagar-(Gujarat); Jodhpur (Jeera Mandi), Merta City, Nagaur Mandi Jalor,Jaipur, Barmer, Kishangarh, Kekri-(Rajasthan);
11 Fennel seed Unjha,Visnagar, Abu Road, Nadiad,Vijapur-(Gujarat); Patna-(Bihar);Jodhpur-(Rajasthan);Varanasi,Hathras, Gorakhpur-(Uttar Pradesh);
12 Fenugreek seed Unjha,Idar,Visnagar-(Gujarat);Jaora,Indore,Khujner-(Madhya Pradesh); Malerkotla-(Punjab);Varanasi,Hapur-(Uttar Pradesh);Jodhpur, Jhunjhunu, Bikaner, Sikar ,Ramganj Mandi,Bhawani Mandi, Baran-(Rajasthan) Nagaur (Fenugreek leaf)- Rajasthan;
13 Garlic Hassan,Hubli,Gulbarga-(Karnataka); Nizamabad,Hyderabad-(Telangana); Pune,nashik-(Maharashtra);Bundi,Ramganj Mandi,Bhawani Mandi-(Rajasthan); Patna-(Bihar); Surat,Mahuva, Amreli, Jamnagar,Ahmedabad,Visnagar-(Gujarat); Neemuch,Pipaliya,Mandsaur-(Madhya Pradesh); Varanasi,jaunpur-(Uttar pradesh)
14 Clove Nagercoil (Tamil Nadu); Sagar, Shimoga, Sirsi (Karnataka);
15 Mustard Unjha (Gujarat); Ramganj Mandi, Sri Ganganagar, Bharatpur, Tonk, Baran Dausa, Alwar, Sumerpur, Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan); Delhi, Hapur (UP), Bhiwani, Rewari, Hisar, Sirsa, Mahendragadh (Haryana);
16 Mace/Nutmeg Kalady-Angamaly, Erattupetta, Thodupuzha, Kozhikode, Cochin (Kerala); Pollachi (Tamil Nadu); Shimoga (Karnataka)
17 Saffron Pampore, Srinagar, Kishtwar, Jammu (Jammu Kashmir)
18 Tamarind Anantapur, Hindupur, Rayalaseema (Andhra Pradesh); Erode, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu); Tumkur, Bangalore (Karnataka)
19 Black Cumin (Nigella) Neemuch (Madhya Pradesh); Ramganj Mandi, Kota (Rajasthan); Unjha (Gujarat)
20 Poppy Seed Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh (Rajasthan); Neemuch Mandsaur-Madhya Pradesh (Under the Narcotics Control Bureau Licence)
Spice Products
21 Curry powder Chennai,-(Tamil Nadu);Mumbai-(Maharashtra);Cochin-(Kerala);Kolkata-(West Bengal); Bengaluru-(Karnataka)
22 Spice oils and oleoresins Cochin, Alleppey-(Kerala);Kolkata-(West Bengal); Mumbai-(Maharashtra);Chennai,Madurai-(Tamil Nadu); Bengaluru-(Karnataka)

Spice Board Return Filing

Every exporter having Spice Board Registration must submit a return every quarter.

However, cardamom exporters are also required to do Spice Board Return Filing on monthly basis along with quarterly return filing.

Validity & Renewal of Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices {CRES}

1. The Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices (CRES) is granted for a duration of "three years" as determined by the Board.

2. At the end of each block year, the spice exporters need to renew their Spice Board Registration Certificate.

Step-by-Step Timeline for Spice Board Registration

  • 1

    Provide the required business details and information to our web portal.

  • 2

    Choose a package and pay online with different payment modes available.

  • 3

    On placing an order, your application will be assigned to one of our dedicated professionals.

  • 4

    Our professional shall carefully examine the correctness & accuracy of the documents and file Spice board registration application form.

  • 5

    Our professional shall make regular follow up with the Board for processing of spice board registration online.

  • 6

    On obtaining CRES, we will provide a spice board certificate along with several Guides on exports.

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Documents Required for Spice Board Registration

1. Detailed Bank report against current account from your banker.

2. Scanned passport size photo (size 135PX x 165PX) of the CEO/Authorized person of the organization (JPEG/JPG/PNG).

3. Partnership Deed / Companys Certificate of Incorporation, MOA & AOA.

4. GST registration certificate or Self declaration for not having GST.

5. Import-Export Code (IE code) Certificate.

6. PAN card.

7. Udyog Aadhaar/ MSME Certificate

How we can help in Spice Board Registration

Many people get demotivated and confused by the long procedure of getting Spice Board Registration. Since, We have a top-notch professional team providing a hassle-free and error-free Online Spice Board Registration Service in India. We deliver you the best Spice Board Registration that can help you in your spice export business.

Our experts have been completing 1000+ Spice Board Registration and staying up to date with new registration procedures every day since 2014. Chartered Accountants, Lawyers, and Company Secretaries make up our diverse teams of specialists. Also, we have been dealing with a wide variety of financial services, including export-import, business compliances, taxation, and accounting issues in India.

Thus, it's your turn to kick start your import-export business with entire legal formalities. Our business advisors are a phone call away to guide you in your business endeavours.



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frequently asked questions

The Spices Board (Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the export of  Indian spices worldwide.


You can apply on our web portal to register your spice business under spice board registration.


You can start a spice business in India by reading our guide at - How to Start a Spice Business in India. Also, you can consult our business advisors at 8881-069-069 for free.


To start exporting spices from India to the USA, you need to have the following registrations and licenses.

Yes, whether you are selling spices online or offline you need mandatory registrations and licenses. This may include - 

Spices are an important food component in kitchens. And in a nation like India, where population density is great, consumption is high as well. Thus, selling spices is massively profitable.


The Spices Board has a maximum of 32 members, as prescribed by the Spices Board Act, 1986. The current number of members is 29


The most exported spice from India is chilli. In 2021-22, India exported chilli worth Rs. 4,65,000.00 lakhs (US$ 586.8 million), which constituted 17% of the total exported value from India. The top 5 countries that imported chilli from India in 2021-22 were China, Bangladesh, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the UK.

The Spice Board Certificate is required to export spices from India. It is a government-issued certificate that guarantees the quality and authenticity of the spices. The certificate also helps to ensure that the spices are not contaminated or adulterated.


List of spices covered under CRES(Certification of Registration as Exporter of Spices) is as follows. 

  • Cardamom, 

  • Pepper, 

  • Chilly, 

  • Ginger, 

  • Turmeric, 

  • Coriander. 

  • Cumin, 

  • Fennel, 

  • Fenugreek, 

  • Celery, 

  • Aniseed, 

  • Bishopsweed,

  • Caraway, 

  • Dill,

  • Cinnamon, 

  • Cassia, 

  • Garlic, 

  • Curry leaf, 

  • Kokam, 

  • Mint, 

  • Mustard, 

  • Parsley,

  • Pomegranate seed, 

  • Saffron, 

  • Vanilla, 

  • Tejpat, 

  • Pepper long, 

  • Star Anise, 

  • Sweet flag, 

  • Greater Galanga, 

  • Horse-raddish, 

  • Caper, 

  • Clove, 

  • Asafoetida, 

  • Cambodge, 

  • Hyssop,

  • Juniper berry, 

  • Bay leaf, 

  • Lovage, 

  • Marjoram, 

  • Nutmeg, 

  • Mace, 

  • Basil, 

  • Poppy Seed, 

  • All-Spice, 

  • Rosemary, 

  • Sage, 

  • Savory, 

  • Thyme, 

  • Oregano, 

  • Tarragon,

  • Tamarind.

Yes, FSSAI registration is required for spices in India. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is the apex food regulatory body in India. It is responsible for setting standards for food products and ensuring that they are safe for consumption.

FSSAI registration is mandatory for all businesses that deal with spices, including manufacturers, traders, and retailers. The registration process is simple and can be completed online.


You can pay the fee for registration easily on our web portal through - 

  • Credit Cards

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  • Net Banking

  • E-Wallets

  • UPI / QR

Kochi, in the state of Kerala, is famous for spices in India. It is known as the "Spice City of India" and is home to a number of spice plantations and markets. Kochi is also a major trading hub for spices, and its spices are exported all over the world.

Here are some other cities in India that are famous for spices:







CRES stands for Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices. Yes, both are the same.

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