How do I start a Tea Export business?
Firstly, you will have to register your business as food business operator (“FBO”) by procuring a license under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. Tea can be obtained either from a registered manufacturer (“RM”) or a registered seller (“RS”) (small tea growers or tea estates) through two markets; (a) primary market – wherein, either the RM or the RS have to comply with the obligations provided under the Tea(Marketing) Control Order, 2003 (the “Tea Code”) to provide the tea to the registered buyer (“Buyer”) (in our case, the FBO); and (b) secondary market – wherein, either the RM or the RS through registered brokers (“RB”) (who value, inspect and auction teas) can auction their tea through Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (“GTAC”). The process of registration of a Buyer is also mentioned in the Tea Code in the form and manner of Form C provided in the Tea Code along with registration fees of Rs. 2500/- only (Rupees Two Thousand Five Hundred only). Once, the FBO/Buyer has availed all necessary licenses to procure tea, the next process of distribution which shall include packaging and labeling of the final product. There are certain specifications with respect to packaging and labeling which are governed by the Legal Metrology Act read with the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 and the Act read with the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging Labeling) Regulations, 2011. Further, there is various additional regulatory compliance under the Tea Code and other laws mentioned above which shall have to be followed by the commencement of the tea sourcing/ labeling/ packaging/ branding/ selling business such as filing of the return, maintenance of records and registers amongst others. To have a quote for the services related to your business
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