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SAFTA License is a certificate issued by DGFT to the exporters of India. SAFTA certificate is required at the time of export to show the country of origin of the goods.

         SAFTA stands for South Asian Free Trade Area. It is a trade agreement between the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to encourage and enhance mutual trade and economic cooperation among the member countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. A SAFTA certificate is issued to certify that a product meets the rules of origin criteria for SAFTA and is eligible for trade benefits under the agreement.

  • Importance and benefits of SAFTA Certificate

  • Procedure of SAFTA registration application

  • Documents required for SAFTA

  • SAFTA Application Fees

  • Different Free Trade Agreement by Bharat

SAFTA Certificate (Sample)

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Importance and Benefits of SAFTA certificate

  • Its mandatory for exporters to create certificate of origin and to attach with export invoice to avoid any shipment problem. SAFTA certificate proves the origin of goods imported in any country.

  • This Certificate is essential for exporters for tax exemption benefits. Because of this certificate exporters can sell the product with low tax. Result the export of goods increases. 

  • These certificate proves the country of origin of the goods so that the exporters and importers may be eligible for the benefits for in the country of exports.

  • These certificates increases the sales and give preference to the exporter holding SAFTA certificate. Importer require to pay lesser tax tariff on showing SAFTA Certificate at the time of clearance.

Types of Certificate of Origin

Preferential Certificate of Origin:

Issued to declare that the goods qualify for preferential treatment under specific trade agreement or preference program.

Non-Preferential Certificate of Origin:

It simply certifies the origin of the goods without entitling them to preferential treatment. Issued for countries that do not have preferential trade agreements.

Documents required for SAFTA

Digital Signature Certificate (Embedded IEC Code)

Email ID

Mobile Number

Export Invoice

Purchase invoice having complete details of origin of goods/ Consumables used in export goods

Products details

Purchase order from Importer

DSC Software

Declaration from exporter

Updated Import Export Code

GST Certificate


Procedure of Certificate of Origin


Creation of Digital Signature Certificate​

Account creation with Digital Signature Certificate​

Fill the different form for certificate of origin

Filing of application with the export department

Upload the necessary documents

Issuance of Certificate of Origin in 1-2 business days

SAFTA Registration Fees

Number #
SAFTA Registration
Government Fees
Exporter Registration Fees (One Time)
Application Filing Fees

Trade Agreement signed by India

There are multiple free and preferential Trade Agreement option where certificate of origin can be generated from India for import benefits to importers.

SAFTA - South Asia Free Trade Agreement
ICPTA - India Chile Preferential Trade Agreement
IKCEPA - India Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
IJCEPA - India Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
ISFTA - India Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement
SAPTA - SAARC Preferential Trade Agreement
IMCECA - India Malaysia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement
APTA - Asia Pacific Trade Agreement
GSP - Generalized System of Preferences
AIFTA - ASEAN India Free Trade Agreement
GSTP - Global System of Trade Preferences
ISCECA - India Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement

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