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Spices Board Registration Certificate, Process, Documents, Fees

The Spices Board is the governing body in charge of regulating the export of Indian spices in accordance with the Spices Board Act. The regulatory authority also offers Spices Board Registration to businesses that want to start trading in the export of scheduled spices. All manufacturer exporters and merchant exporters who trade in the export of listed spices are required to have a Spices Board registration, also known as a Certificate of Registration as Exporter of Spices (CRES), in order to operate in India.

Spices Board Registration for Manufacturer Exporter

Manufacturers and exporters of enlisted spices must be registered with the Spice Board under Section 11 of the Spices Board Act, 1986. This section states that “no person shall, after the commencement of this Act, commence or carry on the business of export of any spice except under and in accordance with a certificate.”

However, manufacturers do not need to obtain a registration-cum-membership-certificate (RCMC) after obtaining a Certificate of Registration as an Exporter of Spices (CRES).

Importance of spices board registration

  • Provide secure storage facilities for spices on board.
  • Collect trade documents and trade information.
  • Upgrade technology.
  • Conduct research and product development.
  • Promote Indian spices.
  • Certify the quality of spices and register exporters.

Document required for Spice Board CRES Registration

The following are the documents required for Spices Board registration:

  • A self-attested copy of the IE code certificate issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) is required.
  • As a manufacturer exporter of spices, an SSI certificate from the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) or a certificate from the Industries Department is mandatory, and must mention the name SPICES.
  • Valid FSSAI registration is required for a manufacturer exporter of spices. In the case of a manufacturer, an FSSAI central license is required.
  • A self-attested copy of the Partnership deed/ Memorandum and Articles of Association is required if applicable.
  • A self-attested copy of the GST registration certificate is required.
  • A self-attested copy of the PAN card
  • Bank statements in the required format
  • A lease or rental agreement for the premises
  • A passport-sized photo of the company’s CEO with a white background

Spices Board Registration Process

Step-1 Online application

To apply for a CRES certificate, you must first register with your mobile number and a valid email address. After you have verified your identity using an OTP sent to your mobile phone, you will be redirected to the main application form.

Step-2 Document uploading

Applicants must fill out the relevant application form and provide all the relevant information, such as the ICE details for export. After filling in all the details, an application reference number will be generated immediately, which can be used to upload all the required documents on the portal.

Step-3 Submission of Fee

The fee for spices board registration for manufacturer exporters can be submitted online according to the guidelines of the Spices Board Regulations 2011. The government fee for spices board registration  is Rs. 15,000 plus 18% GST, for a total of Rs. 17,700.

Step-4 Issuance of certificate

Upon finishing the application form, applicants will be given a login ID and password for their CRES certificate, which they can use to download it from the portal.

What is the Spices Board registration Fee?

The Spice board Registration fee is listed below

Registration type For Manufacturer/Merchant
New Registration Rs. 15,000+GST
Renewal Rs. 10,000+GST
AmendmentRs. 5,000+GST

Validity of Spice Board Registration

Species board registration is valid for three consecutive years. If an exporter does not export anything during that time, the relevant authorities may cancel the registration.

Benefits of Spices Board Registration

  • Manufacturer exporters do not need an RCMC certificate after registering with the Spice Board as manufacturer exporters.
  • The Spice Board grants CRES registration to manufacturer exporters of spices.
  • It bridges the gap between exporters and foreign bodies in the international market.
  • It facilitates mutual contact between importers and exporters.
  • It ensures quality control and improvement in the quality of all spices through scientific means.

Penalties For Non-Compliance

These are the following penalties laid down by the Spices Board of India for non-compliance:

  • Any person obliged to file a return under this act makes a false return or doesn’t file a return shall be liable to a fine up to Rs. 5,000 as per the 1986 Spices board act
  • Any person who violates any order made under section 16 of the act regarding pricing shall be liable to a fine of up to Rs. 1,000 or imprisonment term up to 6 months
  • Obstructing an officer or member of the board, the accused shall be fined up to Rs. 1,000 or a jail term which can extend up to 6 months
  • If a company commits an offence, the management under whose supervision the violation is committed shall be deemed responsible

List of SPICES In Schedule 2

The following 52 types of spices are included in schedule 2 of the SPICE Board act 1986. it can be in any form, including curry powders, spice oil, oleoresins, and other varieties where spice content is dominant.

  •  Turmeric
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Fennel
  • Fenugreek
  • Celery
  • Cardamom
  • Pepper
  • Chili
  • Ginger
  • Aniseed
  • Bishop’s Weed
  • Caraway
  • Dill
  • Cinnamon
  • Cassia
  • Garlic
  • Curry leaf
  • Sweet flag 
  • Greater Galanga
  • Horse-radish
  • Caper
  • Clove
  • Asafoetida
  • Cambodge
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper berry
  • Bay leaf
  • Lovage
  • Marjoram
  • Nutmeg
  • Mace
  • Basil
  • Poppy Seed
  • Kokam
  • Mint
  • Mustard
  • Parsley
  • Pomegranate seed
  • Saffron
  • Vanilla
  • Tejpat
  • Pepper long
  • Star Anise
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Tarragon
  • Tamarind
  • All-Spice


The application fee for manufacturers and exporters is Rs. 15,000 plus 18% GST. The application fee for merchants is Rs. 10,000 plus 18% GST.

Yes, ICE code is necessary as per the guidelines of the Spices board registration act.

The spices board registration renewal fee is Rs. 5,000 plus applicable GST.

According to the Species Board Act, Section 11, no one can export spices without a valid certificate of registration for the export of spices from the relevant authorities.

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