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.
What is the full form of 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.
How does the customs department utilise ICEGATE project?
With the help of ICEGATE 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.
How can other parties utilise ICEGATE facility?
By using ICEGATE 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.
Importers and Exporters can e-file the documentation, make the e-payments and check the query status and real-time tracking.
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.
What are the other additional services that ICEGATE provides?
Apart from e-filing, ICEGATE also provides the following additional services:
- Online registration for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR),
- Document Tracking Status at Customs EDI,
- Online Verification of DEPB/ DES/ EPCG License,
- Import Export code status,
- PAN-based CHA data, and
- Link to various other important websites or information about customs business.
Also, it provides “24×7 available” helpdesk facility to resolve the issues faced by trading partners.
What banks are authorised for allowing e-payment through ICEGATE?
A payer can e-pay for all customs locations through ICEGATE using the services of any authorised bank mentioned below –
- State Bank of India
- Punjab National Bank
- Bank of India
- Indian Bank
- UCO Bank
- United Bank of India
- 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
- Syndicate Bank
- Andhra Bank
- Dena Bank
- Oriental Bank of Commerce
- Allahabad Bank
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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