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Promotion of export of pharmaceuticals in India: Role of Pharmexcil

Indian Pharmaceutical Industry has made phenomenal progress over the years and made its impact in the global market. Indian Pharmaceutical industry has been recognized as reliable source for drugs and drug intermediates, pharmaceutical formulations. Tremendous opportunities are available for Indian Pharma industry in post 2005 era to manufacture and export many products getting off-patented. Its immense strength in manufacturing quality medicines at affordable prices made the Indian Pharma industry to compete both in regulated and non-regulated markets. This industry is playing a vital role in the Indian economy with Rs 24,500 crores export turnover in the year 2006-07.

Apart from its strengths in manufacturing and exporting Allopathic medicines, India is known for its own systems of medicines with about 7000 units manufacturing various Indian system of medicines viz. Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy, etc. Though strong in cultivation/manufacture of Indian system of medicines, India's share in the global herbal market, estimated at US$ 63 billion, is less than 0.2 percent, which shows that there is a tremendous scope for export market.

Fast growing Biotech industry estimated at about US$ 2 billion market, is a another part of Indian Pharma industry in India, which has great potential in the international market and which needs focused attention to improve its performance in the international market.


Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (popularly known as PHARMEXCIL) has been set up on 12th May 2004 by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Commerce, Government of India to represent the Drugs & Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Industry in the global arena. Trade associations like IDMA, BDMA, IPA and OPPI have supported immensely in formation of the Council.

PHARMEXCIL is mandated to help its members to achieve excellence in export and facilitate overseas buyers to find suitable trade partners from Indian Pharma Industry.

Categories under Pharmexcil

Various pharmaceutical sectors like bulk drugs and its intermediates, formulations, veterinary drugs, herbal, Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathic medicines, biotech and biological products, diagnostics, surgicals, nutraceuticals & phytochemicals and pharma industry related services, collaborative research, contract manufacturing, clinical trials and consultancy, etc. come under the purview of Pharmexcil.

Services extended by the Council

Council extends the following services to its members:

  • To issue Registration-cum-Membership Certificate, a compulsory requirement for all Pharma exporters in India
  • To keep in communication with Indian Missions abroad, Chambers of commerce and other related bodies throughout the world to increase the exports of Pharmaceuticals products from India.
  • To advise and make representations on behalf of the industry to the Govt. of India on various issues like Exim Policy, Central Excise, Customs, Countervailing duties, anti dumping duties, Market Development schemes etc., as far as exports of pharmaceuticals are concerned
  • To undertake market studies in various countries where there is good potential for pharmaceuticals products from India
  • To organise trade delegations to various countries, participate in exhibitions at abroad to help the Indian Pharma exporters to enhance their exports
  • To obtain trade information like Trade barriers, drug regulatory requirements etc., in various countries and disseminate the same among members
  • To take up all necessary activities for improving the India Brand image in various countries
  • To enter into MOUs with various agencies like Govt. procurement agencies, Chambers of commerce in various countries for bilateral assistance for improving the exports of Pharmaceutical Products from India.
  • To collect trade enquiries from various countries and disseminate the same among members
  • To entertain the trade complaints received from various foreign buyers and find out amicable solutions to the problems.
  • To assist the members to get their MDA/MAI claims cleared from Govt. of India.

Major achievements of the Council since its inception

  • Signed MOUs with the Govt. / Private associations in Philippines, Tunisia, Korea, Kenya, etc.
  • Council has been entrusted with the responsibility of taking care of export promotion of Herbal and Allied products in India—Constituted a separate committee for this purpose.
  • Council's Chairman being the member of Board of Trade, council could bring various problems faced by the exporters to the notice of concerned Ministries/officials to get quick solutions.
  • Promptly attended to the problems faced by some of the exporters due to the ban imposed by NAFDAC, Nigeria by organising a delegation of affected exporters to Nigeria, lead by the Executive Director.
  • In a short span of three years, Council has organised three International events viz. India-Africa, Asean and GCC International Pharma Conference at Hyderabad in December 2005, India-CIS International Pharma Conference at Mumbai in March 2006 and India-LAC International Pharma Business Meet at Hyderabad in June 2007, by inviting prominent buyers/ importers, FDA officials from all these regions. Over 500 Indian delegates have attended in each of the above conferences.
  • Participated in all major exhibitions in the world. Organised India Pavilion at CPhI, a mega event as far as Pharmaceutical sector is concerned, in its second instance of participation, in 2006 at Paris.
  • Associated with CMP and UBM India in organizing CPhI India at Mumbai in 2006 and 2007.


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