India Trade Associations
Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC)
Incorporated in1978, AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments.
Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI)
Confederation of Indian Textile Industry, a Company under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956 is the new name of Indian Cotton Mills’ Federation (ICMF). ICMF had been established in March 1958 and later incorporated as a company in February 1967. Originally, ICMF represented the organized textile units in spinning and composite sectors comprising mills producing cotton yarn, blended and man-made spun yarn, fabrics and home furnishings. The need for an umbrella organization representing the entire textile chain had been felt by various segments of the industry for quite some time, in order to properly project the potential, problems and requirements of the industry in a holistic and comprehensive way, nationally and internationally. After extensive consultations, ICMF initiated the process of establishing an umbrella organization for the textile industry in August 2000 by broad basing the coverage of its Member Associations to include independent weavers and processors. Later Member Associations were also advised to admit manufacturers of technical textiles and garments. In 2003-04 the Federation also started admitting associations and federations catering to textile segments not covered under ICMF, as Associate Members. Since many of the Associate Members were not connected with cotton or mill industry, it was felt that the name of the organization should also be broad based to represent the entire textile sector. The process reached its logical conclusion with the formation of CITI in May 2005.
Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH)
EPCH is the apex body which coordinates handicraft exports from India. It provides Comprehensive information to foreign buyers on the entire range of handicraft of India and liaisons between Indian handicraft exporters and Foreign buyers. Sponsored by Ministry of Textile, Government of India, the council also organises trade-shows, buyer-sellers meets, conference and study tours to keep Indian exporters of the latest trends in markets world-wide.
Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA)
IEIA is the Indian Exhibition Industry Association with members representing trade fair organizers, venue owners and service providers from all over the country. It has been formed with the main aim of facilitating all round growth and development of exhibition industry in India, to provide a platform to industry players and act as interface with various government and non government agencies with a view to help in voicing the concerns of its members and of exhibition industry as a whole.
India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO)
India Trade Promotion Organisation is the nodal agency of the Government of India for promoting the country’s external trade. ITPO, during its existence of nearly three decades, in the form of Trade Fair Authority of India and Trade Development Authority, has played a proactive role in catalysing trade, investment and technology transfer processes. Its promotional tools include organizing of fairs and exhibitions in India and abroad, Buyer-Seller Meets, Contact Promotion Programmes, Product Promotion Programmes, Promotion through Overseas Department Stores, Market Surveys and Information Dissemination.