1. Merchant as well as Manufacturer Exporters

  2. Service Providers

  3. Export Oriented Units (EOUs) and Units Status located in Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Agri Export Zones (AEZs), Electronic Hardware Technology Parks (EHTPs), Software Technology Parks (STPs) and Bio-Technology Parks (BTPs)



A Status Holder is eligible for privileges as under:

i.       Exemption from furnishing of Bank Guarantee in Schemes under Foreign Trade Policy

ii.      Status Holders of specified sectors are eligible for additional duty credit @ 1% of FOB value of exports from 01.04.09 - 31.03.10.

iii.     Status Holders of Agricultural Sector are eligible for Agricultural Infrastructure Incentive Scrip -  additional duty credit @ 10% (incl. V.K.G.U.Y benefits) of FOB value of exports from 01.04.09 - 31.03.10.

iv.     Fixation of Input-Output norms on priority within 60 days.

v.      100% retention of foreign exchange in EEFC account

vi.     Authorization and Customs Clearances for both imports and exports on self-declaration basis

vii.    SEHs and above are permitted to establish Export Warehouses, as per DoR guidelines.

viii.   For status holders, a decision on conferring of ACP Status is communicated by Customs within 30 days from receipt of application with Customs.

ix.    Premier Trading House (PTH) have the option of taking arithmetic mean of export performance in last 5 years, instead of 3 years as the average level of exports under EPCG Scheme.

x.      Exemption from compulsory negotiation of documents through banks.


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Status Category: Applicants are categorized depending on their total FOB (FOR - for deemed exports) export performance during current plus previous three years (taken together) upon exceeding limit below. For Export House (EH) Status, export performance is necessary in at least two out of four years (i.e., current plus previous three years).


Status Category

Export Performance (FOB Value /

FOR Value for deemed exports)

(Rupees in Crores)

Export House (EH)


Star Export House (SEH)


Trading House (TH)


Star Trading House (STH)


Premier Trading House (PTH)








*All above subject to EXIM policy in force