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What is ICEGATE: Registration process & benefits

The Indian Customs Electronic Gateway (ICEGATE) is the official website of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). Here’s a complete guide on benefits of ICEGATE and how you can register on the portal.
what is ICEGATE
The Indian Customs Electronic Gateway (ICEGATE) is the national portal of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). Through this online portal, the Customs department provides e-filing services to importers, exporters, cargo carriers, and other trading partners electronically. This eases the customs clearance process, thus, facilitating EXIM trade.

Along with online applications, ICEGATE also provides information on various export compliance, shipping bills, guides and tips for exporters, and measures taken by the government. The portal is internally linked with multiple partner agencies including the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), other nationalized banks and the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), among others1.

What are the services offered by ICEGATE?

The ICEGATE website allows the Customs department to support exporters and importers in applying and obtaining shipping bills, bill of entry, etc, which are important in the process of export, before shipping products from India2. Some of the key services offered are:

• E-filing of Bill of Entry and shipping bills
• E-payment of customs duties
• Common signer utility for signing all customs documents
• Submission of supporting documents through e-Sanchit portal
• Electronic IGST refund
• Handling of all electronic documents before they are processed by customs EDI system
• 24-hour help desk facility for exporters
• Tracking of document status using Customs Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
• Verification of Delivered Ex-ship (DES) and Duty Entitlement passbook (DEPB) online

Step-by-step process to register with ICEGATE

To file shipping bills and related export documents, it is mandatory to register with ICEGATE and have an ID. With the launch of the ICEGATE portal, the Customs department has made registration easy and simple.

Documents required for ICEGATE registration:

IEC
• National ID: Aadhaar card, driving license, voter ID and passport
• Export licence

Apart from the above-mentioned documents, depending on the category of your registration (customs broker, IEC holder, shipping agent, etc.), you will be required to submit a few additional documents.

How to register with ICEGATE?

Below are the steps you can follow for ICEGATE registration3:

Step 1 – Log in to the ICEGATE website and signup as a new user.
Step 2 – Choose the category under which you would like to register.
Step 3 – Add the required details as per the application form to complete the registration form.
Step 4 – Upload the required documents in JPEG or PDF format, as suggested.
Step 5 – Add your ICEGATE ID and password. Two different OTPs will be generated and sent to your registered mobile number and email ID. Enter OTPs and complete the registration.
Step 6 – Verify the mentioned details and submit.

Once registered with ICEGATE, you can get customs clearance and other shipping bills from the website for hassle-free exports of your products.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can register on ICEGATE?
Any Import Export Code (IEC) holder or F-card holder (who has cleared the customs broker exam) can register on ICEGATE.
Is it mandatory to register on ICEGATE?
It is mandatory for exporters to obtain customs clearance and related export documents before shipping from India.
Can I change my ICEGATE ID?
No, your ICEGATE ID cannot be changed or modified once it has been generated4.
Why was ICEGATE launched?
ICEGATE was launched to help exporters, cargo carriers, and other trading partners with easy filing of export documents and forms electronically.
What role does ICEGATE play in the Customs department?
The Customs department uses ICEGATE to provide services like e-filing of Bills of Entry, shipping bills, and related electronic messages between customs and trading partners.
How do I check the status of my ICEGATE registration?
Users can check the status of their submitted documents by logging into the ICEGATE website with their registered ID.
Published on March 31, 2022.

Sources:
1. https://www.icegate.gov.in/
2. https://www.icegate.gov.in/index.html
3. https://www.icegate.gov.in/Download/New_Registration_Demo_Updated_APPROVED.pdf
4. https://www.icegate.gov.in/Download/FAQ.pdf
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*Map not to scale. The map has been used for design and representational purpose only, it does not depict the geographical boundaries of the country. These do not conform to the external boundaries of India recognized by the Survey of India.

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