Shri Narendra Modi
Shri Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
Divisions
Chemicals and Allied Products

Functions of the Division

EP(CAP) Division deals with export promotion / administrative measures pertaining to four Export Promotion Councils (EPC) under its fold, namely Capexil, Plexconcil, Chemexcil and Shefexil .The division is primarily concerned with the EPCs addressing issues relating to commodities of the 4 EPCs and promoting/boosting exports as well as appraising corresponding imports.

Officers in the Division
  • Shri S. Suresh Kumar : Joint Secretary (in charge of EPCs under this Division’s domain)
  • Shri S.K. Ranjan : Director
  • Shri R. Manohar Kamath : Under Secretary
  • Shri Abhishek Raj : Deputy Director
  • Shri Parveen Chillar : Assistant Section Officer
  • Ms. Shilpa Kaushal : Assistant Section Officer
Bilateral Trade Statistics
Export data of Plexconcil for last 3 Years:
Panels 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21(P)
Consumer & Houseware 593.65 593.84 520.44
Cordage & Fishnets 167.88 171.79 175.28
Fibre Reinforced Plastics (FRP) Products 326.36 324.41 308.18
Floor Coverings, Leathercloth & Laminates 414.37 433.75 492.81
Human Hair & Related Products 253.48 263.84 383.55
Miscellaneous Products 1539 1553.12 1,550.53
Pipes & Fittings 195.3 182.17 188.20
Polyester Films 1485.28 1427.4 1,528.51
Raw Materials & Polymers 4530.29 3455.5 3,348.04
Rigid Packaging & PET Preforms 321.17 331.01 326.74
Woven Sacks/FIBCs 980.63 1057.13 884.68
Writing Instruments 212.49 206.18 148.29
Grand Total 11019.9 10004.14 9,855.25

Source:DGCIS, USD Million

Export data of commodities of Chemexcil for last 3 Years:
Panels 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21(P)
AGRO CHEMICALS 3149.51 3287.31 3579.68
CASTOR OIL 883.79 894.36 917.24
COSMETICS AND TOILETRIES 1666.81 1689.8 1617.78
DYE INTERMEDIATE 341.7 276.94 145.59
DYES 2516.62 2666.12 2345.02
ESSENTIAL OILS 171.79 204.95 234.08
INORGANIC CHEMICALS 1125.7 1078.41 1054.89
ORGANIC CHEMICALS 9236.14 8259.57 7637.56
Grand Total 19092.06 18357.46 17531.84

Source:DGCIS, USD Million

Export data of commodities of Shefexil for last 3 Years:
Panels 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21(P)
Vegetable Saps & Extracts 993.07 1163.15 855.10
Guar Gum 674.88 461.53 262.59
Plant and Plant Portion 319.37 294.85 388.46
Fixed Vegetable Oil, Cake & Others 76.52 80.14 87.14
Shellac & Lac Based Products 38.43 47.79 65.68
Other Vegetable Materials 54.22 47.39 43.97
Total 2156.49 2094.89 1702.93

Source:DGCIS, USD Million

Export data of commodities of Capexil for last 3 Years:

Processed Mineralss1077.581293.591039.04

Panels 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21(P)
Animal By Products 294.14 305.14 291.11
Auto Tyres and Tubes 1910.04 1880.49 1826.98
Books, Publications and Printing 392.03 335.83 244.99
Bulk Minerals and Ores 5338.14 6258.33 8757.37
Cement, Clinkers and Asbestos Cement Products 587.09 529.81 627.7
Ceramics and Allied Products 1694.08 2026.04 2109.92
Glass and Glassware 966.5 856.12 843.4
Graphite, Explosives and Accessories 1328.21 545.96 312.57
Miscellaneous Products 440.48 375.8 404.39
Natural Stones and Products 1974.15 1972.25 2176.77
Ossein and Gelatine 48.28 53.08 60.23
Paints, Printing Ink and Allied Products 1358.87 1342.74 1219.92
Paper, Paper Board and Products 2033.25 1995.38 1974.14
Plywood and Allied Products 1124.81 1086.87 1197.69
Processed Minerals 1293.59 1039.04 941.1
Rubber Products 1461.96 1438.43 1445.56
Grand Total 22245.62 22041.31 24433.85

Source:DGCIS, USD Million

Consolidated export data for last five years for the four Councils:
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21(P)
Capexil 16000.07 19005.82 22245.62 22041.31 24433.85
Shefexil 1585.36 1918.35 2156.49 2094.89 1702.93
Plexconcil 7571.98 8884.74 11019.9 10004.14 9855.25
Chemexcil 12062.28 15926.66 19142.37 18267.42 17531.84
Grand Total 37219.69 45735.57 54564.38 52407.76 53523.87
Trade Agreement and Negotiations (Existing)

NIL

Trade Promotion Activities

EPCs are tasked with hosting/guiding exporters for trade promotional events. The events are organized under the schemes in DoC for this purpose.

MAI – Market Access Initiative

The proposals submitted by the Councils under MAI Scheme are analysed by this Division and recommended to E&MDA Division, DoC for consideration / approval. E&MDA Division, DoC provides Grants to the Councils under MAI Schemes for participation in International trade fairs/exhibitions/Reverse Buyer Seller Meets.

Membership Strength of EPCs:-
EPC Membership Strength (As on 31.03.2021)
CAPEXIL 3577
CHEMEXCIL 3188
PLEXCONCIL 2683
SHEFEXIL 552
Total 10000
Work Done / Accomplishments
  • EP(CAP) Division, in consultation with the 4 EPCs viz, Plexconcil, Chemexcil, Capexil and Shefexil, regularly seeks issues/concerns faced by the exporters and accordingly, takes up them with the concerned authorities for resolution. The issues raised by the EPCs during the ongoing pandemic period pertaining to logistics, banking transactions, GST refunds, MEIS claims, courier services, etc. were taken up with the appropriate authorities for its resolution.
  • The Product Panels which witnessed export growth are:- Bulk minerals and Ores, Natural Stones & Products, Plywood & Allied Products, Ossein & Gelatine, Animal By-Products, Packaging Materials, Plastic Sheets, Human Hair & Hair Products, Inorganic Chemicals, Agro Chemicals, Essential Oils, Plant and Plant portion, Fixed Vegetables, Oil cake & others, Shellac and Lac Based Products, Miscellaneous Products Panel.
  • Regular review meetings were held with the EPCs to sensitize them about the need to develop virtual platform for their exporters so as to continue export promotional activities in present situation. In this respect, the EPCs have understood the need of the hour i.e. having a paradigm shift from physical exhibition to virtual shows. Also, to boost the EPC’s morale and appreciate their initiative, many such events were addressed by the senior functionaries of the department on request of the respective EPCs.
  • Issue concerning imposition of Minimum Import Price on polymer/plastic raw materials by DCPC has been resolved.
  • The concern highlighted by the Human Hair Industry has been taken appropriately and accordingly, the Principal Commissioner of Customs – (Airport & ACC), Kolkata issued a general alert circular no 01/2021 dated 19.02.2021 to all the Commissioners of customs, Goods & Service Tax, DRI Zonal units regarding export of raw Human Hair and undervaluation which was severely affecting exports of value-added articles.
Ongoing Tasks
Capexil
  • Tapping opportunity available for Indian tyre exporters due to anti-dumping duty placed by USA on imports of light truck and passenger vehicle tyres from South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand.
  • Delay in issuance of Environmental Clearances (EC) and shortage of raw-materials and suspension of quarry leases for mining industry, especially in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
  • Request for removal of Pre-Import Condition imposed on Import of Natural Rubber under Advance Authorizations.
  • Reduction in requirement of Value addition in Sawn Timber (HS Code 4407) exports from 30% to 15%; and export of sawn timber to be allowed freely from all ports.
Shefexil
  • MAI Proposal for conducting Toxicity Study of Shellac (E 904) based on the Public Call issued by EFSA
  • Proposal to conduct Research to support use of Guar Gum ( E412 ) in food for infants below 16 weeks of age in response to Call for data issued by EFSA, EU
  • Inclusion of Guar Gum Powder under the Transport and Marketing Assistance Scheme
  • Difficulty being faced by exporters due to provision of Bio-Diversity Act 2002 causing requirement of approval of Biodiversity Board to access raw materials for value added plant extracts
  • Authorizing Shefexil to register & monitor exports of Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFPs) that are currently being traded under ‘Others’ Category
Chemexcil
  • Request to include Acetic acid and agrochemicals for PLI scheme under Atma Nirbhar Programme
  • Proposal for self-reliance in Dye and Dye intermediate sector
Plexconcil
  • Allowing import of virgin PVC industrial scrap
  • Amendment in Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 with respect to Single use plastic
  • Unrealistic increase in the price of plastic raw materials
  • Non-availability of MEIS or ROSCTL for FIBC exports
Mandatory disclosures under RTI Act
Appellate Authority
Shri S. Suresh KumarJoint Secretary
  • Department of Commerce
  • Room No: 233, Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi
  • Tel : 23061818/441
CPIO
Shri S.K. RanjanDirector
  • Department of Commerce
  • Room No. 280-B, Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi
  • Tel : 23063624/462
ACPIO
Shri R. Manohar Kamath Under Secretary
  • Department of Commerce
  • Room No. 556-B, Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi
  • Tel : 23062044/609