Indian Customs Electronic Commerce or Electronic Data Interchange (EC/EDI) Gateway (ICEGATE) is a government portal that provides e-filings facilities to trade and cargo carriers and other clients from the Customs Department. ICEGATE links 15 broad types of partners with Customs EDI through message exchanges that lead to faster Customs Clearance and facilitates EXIM Trade.
There are 2 advisories released in April and May 2019.
Advisory in April 2019: As per the advisory released on 13th April 2019, ICEGATE users can now update their registered email ID through the Portal. Please click here for downloading the Email Change Advisory.
Advisory in May 2019: As per the advisory released on 3rd May 2019, Digital Signature is not required for registration on www.icegate.gov.in. IEC holders (Importer/Exporter) can now register at ICEGATE without Digital Signature. Registration is allowed with IEC and any of one GSTIN attached to it. Please choose one GSTIN carefully, pertaining to the IEC. Please click here to download the advisory.
ICEGATE acts as an infrastructure project that is used for the department’s EC/EDI and data communication requirements. The department offers services like Shipping Bills (export goods declaration), electronic filing of the Bill of Entry (import goods declaration) and related electronic messages between Customs and the Trading Partners using communication facilities (E-mail, Web-upload and FTP) that are commonly used on the internet. The airlines and shipping agents file manifests using this facility, whereas the custodians and cargo logistics operators communicate with Customs EDI through ICEGATE for cargo and logistics related information. Moreover, data is exchanged between Customs and other regulatory and licensing agencies such as DGFT, RBI, Ministry of Steel and DGCIS. The Export Commodity Database (ECDB) for Directorate of valuation and The National Import Database (NIDB) are also serviced through ICEGATE. Every electronic document and message that is handled by ICEGATE is processed at the Customs’ end by the Indian Customs EDI System, that has been running at 134 customs locations. The Department has started centralizing its infrastructure and all customs locations have been shifted to centralized infrastructure that is hosted at Data Centre by linking then through MPLS based WAN.
- Apart from e-filing, ICEGATE provides other services like e-payment, online registration for IPR, online verification of DEPB/DES/EPCG licences, Document Tracking status at Customs EDI, IE code status, PAN-based CHA data and links to other important websites/information regarding the Customs business.
- It provides a 24/7 helpdesk facility for its trading partners.
- For secure filing, the system uses digital signatures on the Bill of Entry and other documents and messages to be handled on the gateway.
Benefits of ICEGATE
- ICEGATE portal facilitates e-filing of both the import and export declarations.
- The portal permits the customs to respond to exporters and importers after assessing shipping bills and bills of entry.
- It ensures that the declaration filed through the digital signatures are allocated by customs, acting as a Certification Authority under the IT Act, 2000, will be not be made invalid.
ICEGATE enables filing of Bill of Entry, Shipping bills and other documents. An individual has to login to the ICEGATE portal and, click on the registration link on the home page. The registration form appears on the screen, where the applicant has to enter the details to register in the Portal. Once enrolled in the portal, the following transactions can be made.
- Import General Manifest (IGM)
- Export General Manifest (EGM)
- Consol Manifest
For ICEGATE member registration, the CHA/importer/exporter has to fill the membership form that is enclosed at Annexure B online. Ob completing the registration procedures, the members have to file and receive the documents electronically through the Gateway on a 24×7 basis. All operations are done cost-free. The fee structure, details and mode of collection of the transaction fee will be declared shortly.
Given below are the authorized banks to make E-payments through ICEGATE.
- State Bank of India
- Punjab National Bank
- Bank of India
- Indian Bank
- UCO Bank
- Union Bank of India
- Bank of Maharashtra
- Corporation Bank
- IDBI Bank
- Bank of Baroda
- Canara Bank
- Indian Overseas Bank
- Central Bank of India
- Vijaya Bank
Documents Filing Facility
All exporter/importers, Custom House Agents, airlines, shipping agents and members of the trade can file their documents using this portal. Presently, the facility to submit documents through service centres and floppy submission is enabled for members of the trade.
For RES Users
The RES package is available by the National Information Center Portal. The operation of the RES package, called the procedure to create B/E and S/B, is the same as filing on the ICEGATE. However, the documents submission varies from ICEGATE. The members of the trade who do not wish to use RES package that is provided by NIC but desires to develop their software to create Shipping Bills/Bills of Entry for filing on ICEGATE may refer to the Message Implementation Guidelines that is given in the portal.
For Non-RES Users
The trading partners have to generate their messages based on the messaging guidelines. These guidelines inform the trading partner about message composition, validation rules and directory information. The message format given here is similar to the Message Implementation Guidelines. For better understanding, there are few sample messages that are provided in the guidelines. The generated file has to be mailed to the concerned Custom Houses.
The transmission mechanism to submit electronic messages and other related messages to the Custom House is mentioned in Annexure A. There are two options available to the members of the trade for submitting the documents to the concerned Custom House using ICEGATE. The trading partners choose one of the options for their convenience.
Obtaining Digital Signature Certificates
Digital Signature Certificates are no longer required. However, the DG Systems aims to implement the Digital signature in a message with the trade partners.
Round-the-clock helpdesk facility:
Toll-Free No: 1800-3010-1000
e-mail ID: [email protected]