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ICEGATE: All you need to know about its benefits and registration

ICEGATE is the national portal of the Indian Customs of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs. Learn more about its services, benefits and registration.

ICEGATE: Overview

ICEGATE, which stands for Indian Customs EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) gateway, is the national portal of the Indian Customs of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). It is a government website that allows exporters, cargo service providers and others associated with exports and customs department to file documents electronically.

The main motive behind launching ICEGATE is to provide a way to collect indirect taxes and administer cross-border controls to increase voluntary compliance through ICEGATE payment. ICEGATE is a part of the Indian Customs department that offers varied services including e-filing of Bill of Entry (import goods declaration), shipping bills (export goods declaration), e-payment of customs duty, facility to file online supporting documents and end-to-end electronic IGST refund1.
Icegate portal

Services offered by ICEGATE

Some of the services offered by ICEGATE are2:
• Filing of Bill of Entry
• E-filing of shipping bills
• Payment of custom duties
• Submission of supporting documents for logistics
• Handling of all electronic documents before being processed by the India customs EDI system (ICES)
• Status of IE Code (Import Export Code)
• Document tracking status at Customs EDI
• Online verification of DEPB (Duty Entitlement Pass Book Scheme)/EPCG (Export Promotion Capital Goods) scheme
• Online registration of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights)
• 24x7 help desk facility
Benefits of registering with ICEGATE

Benefits of registering with ICEGATE

Registering on the ICEGATE website simplifies filing documents and payment bills. Some of the benefits are:
• As soon as you register on the ICEGATE website, you can use ICEGATE ID to view and file all documents online.

• You get access to view the status of the project through document tracking system.

• You can view details related to transactions on your registered email-id.

• Every exporter, registered on the website, will be informed on their registered email-id about the acknowledgment of various bills including shipping bill, Bill of Entry, etc.

• Through ICEGATE portal, exporters can raise a query and receive a reply on the same.

Documents required to register with ICEGATE

Some of the documents required for IEC registration are:
  • Aadhar card
  • Driving license
  • Passport
  • Voter ID card
  • Authorization letter/order of commission

Procedure to register with ICEGATE

To initiate registration, an exporter first needs to login to the ICEGATE website. Once logged in, follow the below-mentioned steps4:
  • Enter the ICEGATE and email-id options to check availability.
  • Select the user role (customs broker, airline, shipping agent, etc).
  • Enter IEC and verify. The details of the exporter will be exported from the ICES.
  • Select the photo ID and upload the same.
  • Upload digital certificate and click the confirm button.
  • An OTP will be sent to the registered email-id, upon submission of which the registration will be completed.
  • After the registration process is done, exporters will have to wait for their registration request to be approved by the department.

Authorized banks for online payments through ICEGATE

Exporters can get the facility of e-payment through ICEGATE website from the following authorized banks5:
• Axis Bank
• Bank of Baroda
• Bank of India
• Bank of Maharashtra
• Canara Bank
• Central Bank of India
• HDFC bank
• ICICI Bank
• IDBI Bank
• Indian Bank
• Indian Overseas Bank
• Karur Vysya Bank
• Kotak Bank
• Punjab National Bank
• RBL Bank
• South Indian Bank
• State Bank of India
• UCO Bank
• Union Bank of India
• Federal Bank

How to check BOE status and shipping bills?

Exporters can check the status of BOE and shipping bills by following these steps10:

Step 1:

Log in to the website of ICEGATE using your credentials.

Step 2:

Select ‘Job Status Link’ from the list of available services.

Step 3:

Now, select the appropriate document type from the menu on the left.

For Bill of Entry:

Click on ‘Bill of Entry’, select the appropriate location and submit. The details (job number, job date, customs location number, stages of BOE) of all Bills of Entry filed from the selected location in the last 24 hours are visible.

For shipping bills:

Click on ‘Shipping Bills’, select the appropriate location, and submit the details. The details (job number, job date, customs location number, stages of bills) of all shipping bills filed from the selected location in the last 24 hours are visible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of ICEGATE?
The launch of ICEGATE portal is a step taken by the Government of India to help traders with easy e-filling services.
Which ministry handles ICEGATE?
ICEGATE comes under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
Is it mandatory to file documents using email-id registered with the ICEGATE portal?
Yes, it is mandatory to file documents using email-id registered with the ICEGATE portal. Without a valid email-id, you will not be able to receive any notification.
Is a Digital Signature Certificate required to register with ICEGATE?
You can register with ICEGATE without uploading your digital signature certificate.

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1. https://www.icegate.gov.in/about_icegate.html
2. https://www.icegate.gov.in/Download/FAQ.pdf
3. https://www.icegate.gov.in/Download/Advisory_for_Simplified_%20Registration_at_ICEGATE_v1.pdf
4. https://www.cbic.gov.in/htdocs-cbec/bankslst-cs-epay
5. https://filesign.icegate.gov.in/
6. https://www.indiantradeportal.in/uploads/General%20Documents/NU_SPS-TBT/2022/Sep/dgft140922.pdf
7. https://www.indiantradeportal.in/uploads/General%20Documents/NU_SPS-TBT/2022/Sep/dgft090922.pdf
8. https://www.icegate.gov.in/Download/AdvisoryforInstallingPKIComponentfornewsigningutilityforICEGATEUsers.pdf
9. https://www.icegate.gov.in/Download/IGCR_Advisory_v0.3_280222.pdf
10. https://www.icegate.gov.in/Download/FAQs_Final_Draft_Uploaded.pdf
11. https://www.icegate.gov.in/Download/v1.2_Advisory_Registration_APPROVED.pdf
12. https://www.icegate.gov.in/about_cbec.html#:~:text=Central%20Board%20of%20Indirect%20Taxes%20and%20Customs%20(erstwhile%20Central%20Board,of%20Finance%2C%20Government%20of%20India.
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