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About the DGFT

Directorate General of Foreign Trade

DGFT Details

Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) organisation is an attached office of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and is headed by Director General of Foreign Trade. Right from its inception till 1991, when liberalization in the economic policies of the Government took place, this organization has been essentially involved in the regulation and promotion of foreign trade through regulation. Keeping in line with liberalization and globalization and the overall objective of increasing of exports, DGFT has since been assigned the role of “facilitator”. The shift was from prohibition and control of imports/exports to promotion and facilitation of exports/imports, keeping in view the interests of the country.

Organizational Set-up

This Directorate, with headquarters at New Delhi, is headed by the Director General of Foreign Trade. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the Foreign Trade Policy with the main objective of promoting India’s exports. The DGFT also issues scrips/authorisation to exporters and monitors their corresponding obligations through a network of 36 regional offices and an extension counter at Indore. The regional offices are located at the following places:-

Regional Offices
S.No. Regional Office
1. Ahmedabad
2. Amritsar
3. Bengaluru
4. Belagavi
5. Bhopal
6. Chandigarh
7. Chennai
8. Coimbatore
9. Cuttack
10. Dehradun
11. Ernakulam (Kochi)
12. Guwahati
13. Hyderabad
14. Jaipur
15. Jammu
16. Kanpur
17. Kolkata
18. Ludhiana
19. Madurai
20. Moradabad
21. Mumbai
22. Nagpur
23. New Delhi
24. Panaji (Goa)
25. Panipat
26. Patna
27. Puducherry
28. Pune
29. Raipur
30. Rajkot
31. Shillong
32. Srinagar
33. Surat
34. Thiruvananthapuram
35. Varanasi
36. Visakhapatnam
37. Vadodara
38. Vijayawada

DGFT HQ and many of its regional offices are ISO 9000:2008 certified Organizations. All regional offices provide facilitation to exporters in regard to developments in international trade, i.e. WTO agreements, Rules of Origin and anti-dumping issues, etc. to help exporters in their import and export decisions in an internationally dynamic environment.