The Office of the Additional DGFT (CLA), is the Northern Zone Head Quarters of Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), an attached office of the Department of Commerce under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. Till 1992 this office was known as the Office of Joint Chief Controller of Imports & Exports (as a part of Chief Controller of Imports and Exports).
There are 11 Regional Offices spread across the North Zone. Each Regional Office is headed by an officer either at the Jt. DG or Dy. DG level depending on the work load of the region.
Presently, it is the nodal organisation for export promotion, trade control & regulation. The officials of this office are fully equipped to attend to various kinds of problems relating to merchandise imports & exports. The main functions of the office, inter alia, are to issue IEC Code for the new exporters, to administer promotional measures and to administer duty remission schemes for both physical exports and deemed exports.