The Indian Trade Service (ITS) was established in 1977, and direct hiring through the UPSC was initiated in 1985. It is a Central Organized Group ‘A’ Service. The first batch of ITS joined in 1986. The DGFT is in charge of the day-to-day operation of the Cadre, and the Department of Commerce is the Cadre Controlling Authority for the Indian Trade Service.
The Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Attached Office is the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).
The positions held by ITS officials in the Ministry of Commerce and other trade agencies (WTO, UN ESCAP, Trade Boards, etc.) are a significant indicator of the trade front’s dynamism. Individual officers are assigned to the DGFT, SEZs, DGAD, Trade policy division, Trade dispute resolution division, Logistics Division, and other departments within the Department of Commerce.