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DGFT issues trade notice for Linking/Registration of IECs in the new revamped DGFT Online environment [Read Circular]

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The Director-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) issued the trade notice for linking or registration of Importer Exporter CodeS (IECs) in the new revamped DGFT Online environment.

The DGFT said that the online processes relating to the entire lifecycle of Advance Authorisation, EPCG and DFIA including their paperless Exports Obligation Discharge (EODC) shall be rolled out soon.

In addition to these processes, Norms Fixation, Free Sale and Commerce Certificate, Steel Import Monitoring System (SIMS), Import Licencing, and some other processes shall also be rolled out soon, it added.

Among other services, the new online system will have 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.

The DGFT in relation to this proposed roll-out, attention of all exporters and importers is invited to various action points.

Firstly, the new platform is accessible through user-based IDs for applying online. All IEC holders are encouraged to create login IDs through an online registration process preferably well before the rollout of the next phase of the platform in 2 to 3 weeks.

Secondly, for user ID creation, mobile number/email IDs will be mandatory. The same will be authenticated by the process of the OTP/email-based authentication process.

Thirdly, 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 or Aadhaar based e-Sign.

Fourthly, only the Aadhaar e-sign of the proprietors/directors/partners/Karta etc. as mentioned on their IEC may be used for Aadhaar based authentication.

Fifthly, For Digital Signature certificates(DSC) a Class-II/Class-III Certificate is allowed. The given DSC may be of either of the 3 types namely  Individual DSC of the proprietors/ directors/ partners/ Karta etc; organization-based DSC where the firm name matches the name on the IEC. The given DSC type may be issued in the name of any authorized signatory (as per the rules of the Controller of Certifying Authorities), and IEC based DSC wherein IEC is embedded as a parameter in the DSC.

Sixthly, post linking of the IEC, the IEC holders are requested to complete the IEC auto- validation process by using the ‘Modify IEC’ process after logging in.

Seventhly, IEC holders are further required to update the Profile details using the ‘Manage Profile’ option. Details related to Industrial Registrations, Export Performance details, and others should be duly filled in. Please note that the profile updation is an automatic process and does not require any approval or fees.

Lastly, IEC holders are requested to go through Help manuals and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) available on the new DGFT website under the ‘Learn’ section.

“To minimize the scope of inconveniences that may arise due to IEC holder’s unfamiliarity with the new revamped online environment and make the transition to a new model of service delivery smooth and hassle-free, all RAs are requested to spread awareness among the Exporters & Importers,” the trade notice said.

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