ICEGATE stands for Indian Customs and Central Excise Electronic Commerce/Electronic Data Interchange (EC/EDI) Gateway. The EC and EDI requirements of the Customs and Central Excise departments are met by ICEGATE. It is used by traders, cargo service providers, and other clients of the department. These are collectively known as trading partners.
Apart from the trading partners, ICEGATE is also used for communication and documentation between the department and other regulatory and licensing bodies. There are a variety of functionalities offered by ICEGATE, which are outlined below:
Registration in ICEGATE is done for export, import, Import General Manifest, Export General Manifest, and Consol Manifest. A single ICEGATE registration suffices for transactions at all or any EDI customs port. Documents can be uploaded to ICEGATE through email or as an attachment in one of the specified formats.
ICEGATE offers some unparalleled benefits to exporters, such as:
An exporter can register with ICEGATE by logging onto the ICEGATE website and clicking on the Login/Sign-up link under the ‘Our Services’ section. New registrations consist of the following steps:
The simplified registration process allows the IEC holder to register with ICEGATE based on IEC and GSTIN. Additionally, OTP verifications for e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers are required. This process does not need one to upload DSC and other formalities like PAN verification, document upload, and approval procedure.
Select the ‘Simplified Registration’ tab on the home screen and enter the IEC, GSTIN, and password. Then provide the email ID and mobile number and confirm the password. An OTP will be sent to the mobile number and email ID. After verifying these, the auto IEC registration process is complete.
Shipping bills are submitted online on the ICEGATE web portal. While generating a Shipping Bill, the exporter will need the IEC number (or customs house agent number) and the authorised dealer code. Once the exporter receives a ‘Let Export’ order, the shipping bill can be generated.
To track the shipping bill on the ICEGATE portal, select the location and enter the Shipping Bill number and date. This process can also be followed for tracking manual Shipping Bill on the ICEGATE portal.