How to download Bill of Entry from ICEGATE?

Bill of Entry can be downloaded from the ICEGATE portal – here is a step-by-step guide on the process.
how to download bill of entry from icegate
A Bill of Entry is an essential export document required for clearance of imported goods – it is a declaration of goods being imported and their value, and is used by the customs department to determine the duty and taxes to be paid. ICEGATE is an online portal where importers and exporters can submit their Bill of Entry and other necessary documents. The process of downloading a Bill of Entry from ICEGATE is simple.

Process of downloading Bill of Entry from ICEGATE

Every importer must obtain the Bill of Entry to clear their imported goods. Below is the process to download Bill of Entry copy online1:

Step 1

Visit the official website of ICEGATE.

Step 2

Check the public inquiries option.

Step 3

Click on the document status in the services tab.

Step 4

On the ‘Tracking of ICES’ page, click on Bill of Entry on the left.

Step 5

Enter the following details on the displayed form
· Select location of port
· Enter Bill of Entry number
· Enter Bill of Entry date
· Enter the letters in the image (CAPTCHA)

Click on submit.

Step 6

After submitting, you can see the BE details, current status, payment details, etc.

Step 7

Verify all the details and download the Bill of Entry in PDF or XML format.
Downloading and managing Bill of Entry through ICEGATE is essential for businesses that import goods to India. With the government making the export documentation process simple and paperless, exporting from India has become easier than ever for businesses. The growth and use of e-commerce have further enables local businesses to become global brands without having to set up physical offices or warehouses across the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find my Bill of Entry online?
You can visit the ICEGATE website and enter details like port location, Bill of Entry number, and date to access your Bill of Entry online.
How do I file a Bill of Entry manually?
You can file a Bill of Entry manually by visiting the Customs Office of the concerned port.
What is the time limit to file the Bill of Entry?
You can present the Bill of Entry at any time before 30 days of the expected arrival of the vessel or aircraft that carries your imported goods to India4.
Which copy of the Bill of Entry is submitted to the bank?
The importer’s copy of the Bill of Entry is submitted to the bank.
Published on December 29, 2022.


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