To automate the process and make life easier for the end users and the officials, Customs Department has introduced the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system, which is commonly called as ICEGATE.
ICEGATE refers to Indian Customs Electronic Commerce/ Electronic Data Interchange (EC/ EDI) Gateway. It is the interface of the Indian Customs EDI System (ICES) with the external world for sharing customs clearance related messages.
ICES handles almost 98% of India’s international trade (exports and imports) and is operational at 134 major customs locations.
With the help of the ICEGATE Login facility, Customs Department offers various services such as electronic filing of the Bill of Entry (import goods declaration), shipping bills (export goods declaration) and related electronic messages between Customs and the trading partners in shipping bill status.
By using ICEGATE epayment facility, airlines and shipping agents can file manifests. Custodians and cargo logistics can interact with Customs EDI for cargo and logistics and related information.
Customs House Agents can avail transactional services for imports and exports. They can e-file the import and export documents, check the status of query reply and track the real-time summaries on www.icegate.gov.in.
Importers and Exporters can e-file the documentation, make the icegate e payment and check the query status and real-time tracking of icegate shipping bill status.
Through ICEGATE, data is also exchanged between Customs and various regulatory and licensing agencies such as DGFT, RBI, Ministry of Steel and DGCIS.
ICEGATE also services and supports National Import Database (NIDB) and Export Commodity Database (ECDB) for Directorate of Valuation.
Apart from e-filing, ICEGATE also provides the following additional services:
Also, it provides “24x7 available” helpdesk facility to resolve the issues faced by trading partners.
A payer can e-pay for all customs locations through ICEGATE using the services of any authorised bank mentioned below –
To facilitate trading across borders in India and promote “ease of doing business”, Customs Department has executed several projects such as ICEGATE and E-Sanchit which will automate various processes and reduce the paper processing. Less paper processing will also mean lesser human interference and more transparency.
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