Udyam Registration
Swachh Bharat

Retailers and Wholesalers are now eligible to apply for Udyam Registration

Retailers and Wholesalers have been facing the problem of not being able to register as a MSME because the MSME Act does not permit them to since the time MSME Registration was implemented. Further, MSME Registration was changed into Udyog Aadhar Registration and even then the registration of Retailers & Wholesalers was not permitted by the Ministry of MSME under Udyog Aadhaar. Even though the NIC code list consisted of activities of Retailers & Wholesalers under the broad category of 45, 46 & 47, still their registration was not permitted and the same was mentioned in the Circular issued by the Ministry on 27th June 2017.

Now when Udyam Registration was implemented on 1st July 2020, even then the Ministry of MSME did not allow Retailers and Wholesalers to obtain registration under as an Udyami under the new and improved Udyam Registration and avail benefits granted by the Ministry of MSME under the MSME Act.

For long the Retailers & Wholesalers of India have been making continuous representations to the Ministry of MSME and requesting them to be allowed to obtain registration under the MSME Scheme to avail benefits granted under the scheme.

Finally, the ministry acknowledged the increasing demand from the retailers & wholesalers and under its new leadership has issued the below circular.

The Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises through its Circular No. 5/2(2)/2021-E/P & G/Policy (E-19025) dated 2nd July 2021, has allowed the activities of Retail and Wholesale Trading falling under the broad categories of 45, 46 & 47 of the NIC Codes to obtain Udyam Registration and can now become an Udyami Enterprise.

NIC Codes now approved are elaborated as follows:

NIC Code Activities
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicle and motorcycles
4510 Sale of Motor Vehicles
4520 Maintenance & Repair of Motor Vehicles
4530 Sale of Motor Vehicle Parts & Accessories
4540 Sale, Maintenance & Repair of Motorcycles and related parts and accessories
NIC Code Activities
46 Wholesale trade except of motor vehicles and motor cycles
4610 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis
4620 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals
4630 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco
4641 Wholesale of household goods, textiles, clothing and footwear
4649 Wholesale of other household goods
4651 Wholesale of machinery, equipment and supplies, computers, computer peripheral equipment and software
4652 Wholesale of electronic and telecommunications equipment and parts
4653 Wholesale of agricultural machinery, equipment and supplies
4659 Wholesale of other machinery and equipment
4661 Wholesale of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and related products
4662 Wholesale of metals and metal ores
4663 Wholesale of construction materials, hardware, plumbing and heating equipment and supplies
4669 Wholesale of waste and scrap and other products
4690 Non-specialized wholesale trade
NIC Code Activities
47 Retail Trade except of Motor Vehicles and motor cycles
4711 Retail sale in non-specialized stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating
4719 Other retail sale in non-specialized stores
4721 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores
4641 Wholesale of household goods, textiles, clothing and footwear
4722 Retail sale of beverages in specialized stores
4723 Retail sale of tobacco products in specialized stores
4730 Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialized stores
4741 Retail sale of computers, peripheral units, software and telecommunications equipment in specialized stores
4742 Retail sale of audio and video equipment in specialized stores
4751 Retail sale of textiles in specialized stores
4752 Retail sale of hardware, paints and glass in specialized stores
4753 Retail sale of carpets, rugs, wall and floor coverings in specialized stores
4759 Retail sale of electrical household appliances, furniture, lighting equipment and other household articles in specialized stores
4761 Retail sale of books, newspapers and stationary in specialized stores
4762 Retail sale of music and video recordings in specialized stores
4763 Retail sale of sporting equipment in specialized stores
4764 Retail sale of games and toys in specialized stores
4771 Retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather articles in specialized stores
4772 Retail sale of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetic and toilet articles in specialized stores
4773 Other retail sale of new goods in specialized stores
4774 Retail sale of second-hand goods
4781 Retail sale via stalls and markets of food, beverages and tobacco products
4782 Retail sale via stalls and markets of textiles, clothing and footwear
4789 Retail sale via stalls and markets of other goods
4791 Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet
4799 Other retail sale not in stores, stalls or markets

It is important to note that even though Retailers and Wholesalers have been allowed to obtain registration, the benefits granted under the MSME Scheme by the Ministry of MSME will not be passed on to these applicants by default. Currently, the benefits have been restricted to Priority Sector Lending only.

The enterprises who have been able to obtain Udyog Aadhar Memorandum under the above stated NIC codes can now migrate to Udyam Registration or apply for a fresh Udyam Registration.

The Ministry is aiming to bridge this gap between manufacturing activities and retail & wholesale activities and provide uniform benefits over time to boost both the sectors and the economy.