DGFT extends Date for Mandatory Electronic Filing of Non-Preferential CoO through Common Digital Platform [Read Circular]

DGFT- Date for Mandatory electronic filing - Non-Preferential CoO - Common Digital Platform - Taxscan

The Director-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has notified the Extension of Date for Mandatory electronic filing of Non-Preferential Certificate of Origin (CoO) through the Common Digital Platform to 31st March 2022.

The DGFT has informed that the transition period for mandatory filing of applications for Non-Preferential Certificate of Origin through the e-CoO Platform has been extended till 31st March 2022. The existing systems for submitting and processing non-preferential CoO applications in manual/ paper mode is permitted for the stated time period and the electronic system is not being made mandatory.

It has been informed that feedback and suggestions for further ease of operations, received from exporters and issuing agencies are duly being taken into consideration. Various enhancements rolled out or proposed to be rolled out are Bulk upload of line items from file (to save efforts on keying-in each item), Creation of duplicate/cloned application from an existing application (to save efforts on repetitive entries), E-Wallet facility for bulk payments of user charges (to avoid payment gateway interaction in each CoO submission), and Aadhaar e-sign facility for authentication( in-lieu of Digital Signature Certificates).

Exporters and Issuing Agencies already onboarded are advised to make maximum use of the e-CoO platform for process familiarisation and ease of operations. The issuing agencies are also advised to issue suitable advisories to the members/exporters to register and familiarise with the e-CoO platform before the stated timelines.

Agencies are required to ensure they are on board before 31st March 2022, failing which the agencies shall be de-notified. The concerned agencies may reach out over email to ddg2egov-dgft[at]gov[dot]in for any guidance or clarifications in regard to the on-boarding process. Any other technical/procedural issues may be brought to the attention of the CoO Helpdesk within the time prescribed. For guidance on Exporter registration and application submission process, the Help Manual & FAQs may be accessed on the e-CoO Platform landing page ( https://coo.dgft.gov.in )

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