What is an e-BRC and why do exporters need it?

An e-BRC (Electronic Bank Realisation Certificate) is issued by a bank as proof that the exporter has received payment from the importer. In this blog, learn about eBRC meaning, purpose and process to obtain it.
An e-BRC (Electronic Bank Realisation Certificate) is an important digital certificate for those involved in an export business. It is issued by a bank as confirmation that the exporter has received payment from the importer against the export of goods. Exporters are required to declare the value of the goods to be exported. Once all the payments against a shipping bill are received, an exporter can request their bank to close the entry into Export Data Processing and Monitoring System (EDPMS) and obtain an e-BRC. Any business applying for benefits under Foreign Trade Policy is required to furnish a valid BRC as proof of realization of payment against exports made.

What is DGFT BRC (bank realisation certificate)?

A bank realisation certificate (BRC) is a document that a bank issues to show that an exporter has been paid by an importer for the exported products. The bank should be informed of the value of the goods that exporters intend to export. The export transaction is then entered by the banks into the Export Data Processing and Monitoring System (EDPMS). Exporters must file all shipping bills with the banks after receiving payment. The banks will issue a DGFT e-BRC against the shipping bill payments and cancel the products that were received in the EDPMS. Any business applying for benefits under Foreign Trade Policy is required to furnish a valid BRC as proof of realisation of payment against exports made.

What is DGFT e-BRC (electronic bank realisation certificate)?

An electronic bank realisation certificate (e-BRC) is issued by banks to exporters as proof of payment and export. It is used to claim benefits of various schemes under the Foreign Trade Policy. E-BRC is an initiative to promote paperless trade, and the DGFT has created an electronic platform for bank realisation certificates. Using the e-BRC platform, banks can electronically transmit foreign exchange realization from banks to the DGFT server. This process is secured by the use of a digital certificate1.

How does an electronic bank realisation certificate work?

An exporter needs an e-BRC to avail various export incentives (duty exemptions, subsidies, low-cost loans, etc.) that are offered by the government under the Foreign Trade Policy. In India, the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) implements the FTP and export incentives. Earlier, an offline process, the DGFT has now made the entire process online and paperless. It allows banks to upload documents to the DGFT server and foreign-exchange information related to exports. This information is transmitted through the digital certificate called e-BRC.

Importance of DGFT e-BRC

The importance of an e-BRC in exports is as follows:
● It serves as proof of payment for an export transaction.
● Businesses requesting benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy must provide proof of export in the form of an e-BRC.3

Documents needed to obtain DGFT e-BRC

Business name

The business name and address are required to obtain BRC from the bank.


IEC is a mandatory document to receive BRC.

Shipping bill

Shipping bill includes bill number, invoice number, port of dispatch, etc., are required for obtaining BRC.

Bank details

The bank details of the business are required.

How to obtain a DGFT e-BRC?

By following the steps listed below, exporters can view the e-BRC that the banks have uploaded to the DGFT website:
● Register on the DGFT website.
● Go to “My Dashboard” and choose the "Repositories" option.
● Click the "Explore" button under the "Bills Repositories" tab.
● From the "Select Bill" drop-down menu, choose "Bank Realisations (e-BRC)".
● Enter the "From Date" and "To Date" and select "Search".
● All e-BRCs uploaded by your banks will be shown on the screen.
● To view an e-BRC, choose the bank realisation number.
● The information about the e-BRC will show up on the screen.
● To download the e-BRC, select the 'Print eBRC' option.5

Contents of a DGFT eBRC certificate

Some of the details in an e-BRC are:

1. Business name
2. Address
3. IEC
4. Shipping bill number
5. Shipping bill name
6. Shipping bill port
7. Bank’s name
8. Bank’s file number and upload date
9. Bill ID number
10. Bank realization certificate number
11. Date of realization of money by bank
12. Realized value in foreign currency
13. Currency of realization
14. Date and time of printing

How to claim incentives for exports using e-BRC?

In India, a shipping bill is generated electronically on ICEGATE – the Indian Customs Electric Data Interchange Platform. The information on a shipping bill is automatically and electronically shared by ICEGATE with the DGFT. An exporter must link relevant shipping bills with e-BRC to claim export incentives.

Step 1:

When an exporter claims an export incentive under a DGFT scheme, DGFT decides the value of the incentive to be provided.

Step 2:

DGFT matches the free on board (FOB) value of the goods exported as contained in the shipping bill and the total realized value against export as mentioned in the e-BRC.

Step 3:

While applying for an export incentive, an exporter must ensure that the bank reports the e-BRC value and shows the total realized value. If the e-BRC value is less, the bank should correct it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check my e-BRC online?
Click on the DGFT server. Enter your IEC code and 11- digit IFSC code. Choose the option of “facilitation” and then click on “view and print your E-BRC”.
Is e-brc mandatory for export?
Once all the payments against a shipping bill are received, an exporter can request their bank to close the entry in EDPMS and obtain an e-BRC. Any business applying for benefits under Foreign Trade Policy is required to furnish valid BRC as proof of realisation of payment against exports made.
What are the other uses of e-brc?
Apart from helping exporters to get export incentives under Foreign Trade Policy and claim GST refunds, e-BRC is an important source of financial information and also acts as an economic indicator.
What are the differences between e-brc and eFIRC?
BRC is Bank Realisation Certificate, which is issued by the bank to exporters against shipping bills of export. FIRC stands for Foreign Inward Remittance Certificate and is issued against any receipt of amount from foreign countries by a bank to their customers.
Do international Amazon sellers need e-brc?
Yes, an exporter selling on Amazon is required to get e-brc to avail of the export benefits.
How to fix errors in e-BRC?
When you verify the status of your e-BRC, you must contact your bank to get any errors fixed. This is how the procedure goes:
• The bank will assess the e-BRC’s condition.
• The bank will cancel the e-BRC by uploading it to the DGFT server with a status of ‘C’ (which stands for cancelled) if the status is not ‘used’ or ‘utilized.’
• The bank will issue a new e-BRC on DGFT with a new e-BRC number after the DGFT system has updated the cancellation status.
• The new e-BRC file will be uploaded to the DGFT server with the status ‘F’ (where F stands for fresh).
Published on June 30, 2022.


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