MoEF Approval Process for E-waste Export

It's always important to note that MoEF regulations and processes related to e-waste export keep on changing over time. Thus, it is always advisable to refer to the latest guidelines and updates from relevant authorities to ensure compliance with current regulations. As of the last update, here is a step-by-step process that businesses and individuals must generally follow to obtain approval for exporting e-waste from India:

Step 1: Understand Applicable Laws and Regulations

India has strict regulations regarding the export of e-waste, primarily governed by the E-waste Management Rules and the Hazardous & Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016, notified under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. Familiarise yourself with these rules and any subsequent amendments or updates.

Step 2: Obtain Authorisation from the Pollution Control Board

Identification of State Pollution Control Board (SPCB):

  • Contact the respective State Pollution Control Board where your business is located.
  • Provide necessary details about your business, including its nature, operations, and details of e-waste generated.

Submit Authorisation Application:

  • Prepare and submit an application for authorisation to handle e-waste.
  • Include details such as the type and quantity of e-waste generated, storage facilities, and waste disposal methods.

Compliance Assessment:

  • The SPCB will conduct an assessment to ensure compliance with the rules.
  • The board may inspect the premises to verify the information provided.

Authorisation Issuance:

  • If found compliant, the SPCB will issue an authorisation certificate.
  • The authorisation specifies the type and quantity of e-waste the business is permitted to handle.

Step 3: Register with the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC)

Obtain Importer-Exporter Code (IEC):

  • If not already obtained, apply for an IEC from the DGFT or Directorate General of Foreign Trade.

Registration on the Environmental Information System (ENVIS):

  • Register on the ENVIS website of the MoEFCC.
  • Provide details of the e-waste handling facility and the authorisation obtained from the SPCB.

Submission of Annual Returns:

  • Submit annual returns to the MoEFCC through the ENVIS portal, detailing the e-waste handled during the year.

Step 4: Obtain Consent from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

Application Submission:

  • Submit an application to the CPCB for consent to export e-waste.
  • Include details of the consignment, recycling facilities, and disposal methods.

Consent Approval:

  • The CPCB will review the application and grant consent if it meets the required standards.
  • Consent may be subject to conditions to ensure environmentally sound management.

Step 5: Customs Clearance and Documentation

Prepare Shipment Documentation:

  • Prepare all necessary documents, including the authorisation from the SPCB, consent from the CPCB, and other relevant permits.

Customs Declaration:

  • Declare the e-waste consignment to customs authorities.
  • Provide all required documents for customs clearance.

Recent Changes or Updates:

While there might have been updates or changes to the process since the last update, some general trends and considerations include:

Amendments to Rules:

  • The government may have made amendments to the Hazardous and Other Wastes Rules. Check for any recent changes that might impact the e-waste export process.

International Agreements:

  • India might have entered into or amended international agreements related to the transboundary movement of hazardous waste. Stay informed about any such developments.

Increased Stringency:

  • Regulatory bodies may have increased scrutiny and enforcement to guarantee proper handling and disposal of e-waste, both domestically and for export.

Digitalisation of Processes:

  • Authorities might have introduced digital platforms or systems to streamline the application and approval processes.


Exporting e-waste from India involves a multi-step process that requires compliance with various environmental regulations. Stay abreast with the latest regulations and rules from the relevant authorities, as changes can occur. Engage with environmental agencies and seek professional advice to ensure adherence to the latest guidelines and to navigate the export process smoothly.

Diksha Khiatani

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