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Indirect Tax Alert - DGFT: Linking/Registration of Importer-Exporter Certificate (IEC) in the new revamped DGFT Online environment

02 November 2020

Objective of introducing revamped DGFT services

In continuation to the earlier Trade Notice 16/2020-21 dated 25 June 2020, it is informed that various revamped DGFT services are planned to be introduced into the new DGFT IT platform. The objective of introducing these revamped systems is to provide paperless, digital, efficient and transparent services to the exporters and importers, and to further the overall goal of Trade Facilitation and Digital India. The platform would be accessible through the existing website:

Proposed Roll-out

The online processes relating to the entire lifecycle of Advance Authorisation, EPCG & DFIA including their paperless Exports Obligation Discharge (EODC) shall be rolled out soon. In addition to these processes, Norms Fixation, Free Sale & Commerce Certificate, Steel Import Monitoring System (SIMS), Import Licencing and some other processes shall also be rolled out soon. Among other services, the new online system will have a two-way communication between the DGFT and the exporter/importer and would allow the applicant to apply, monitor the status of the applications, reply to the deficiencies, raise queries etc.

Action points

The action points proposed in the trade notice inviting attention of the importers and exporters are:

(i) All IEC holders are encouraged to create login IDs at the earliest as the new platform is accessible through user-based IDs for applying online.

(ii) For user ID creation, mobile number/email ids are mandatory requirement. The same will be authenticated by the process of OTP/email-based authentication process.

(iii) Users would be required to link their login Ids to their specific IEC. The process of linking would be available post login through an authentication process using a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) or Aadhaar based e-Sign.

(iv) Only the Aadhaar e-sign of the proprietors/directors/partners/Karta etc. as mentioned on their IEC may be used for Aadhaar based authentication.

(v) Digital Signature of Class-II/Class-III Certificate is allowed. The given DSC may be of either of the 3 types –

  • Individual DSC of the proprietors/directors/partners/Karta etc.
  • Organisation-based DSC where the firm name matches the name on the IEC. The given DSC type may be issued in the name of any authorised signatory (as per the rules of the Controller of Certifying Authorities).
  • IEC based DSC wherein IEC is embedded as a parameter in the DSC

(vi)Post linking of the IEC, the IEC holders are requested to complete the IEC auto-validation process by using ‘Modify IEC’ process after logging in.

(vii)IEC holders are further required to update the profile with details related to Industrial Registrations, Export Performance details and other should be duly filled in. The profile update is an automatic process and does not require any approval or fees.

Awareness for Exporters and Importers

To minimise the scope of inconveniences that may arise due to an IEC holder’s unfamiliarity with the new revamped online environment and make the transition to the new mode of service delivery smooth and hassle free, all RAs/ Export Promotion Councils & Commodity Boards are requested to spread awareness among the exporters and importers.

[DGT-Trade Notice No. 33/2020-21 dated October 28, 2020]