Directorate of System implemented use of Digital Signature Certificate for filing Customs documents through Remote EDI System (RES) like Bills of Entry, Shipping Bills, IGM, EGM, CGM, etc.
Use Class-3 (Signature Only) for Organization to sign documents with the help of Common Signer Component available at ICEGATE website.
All Importers, Exporters, Customs Brokers, Shipping Lines, Airlines or their agents who are authorized to file document (BE/SB/IGM/EGM/CGM etc.) through Remote EDI System (RES) are advised to use Class-3 DSC.
Keeping in view the different platforms of RES utilities deployed by users and to avoid delay in submission of documents at ICEGATE, web-based Common Signer utility access has been provided to the users across the country free of cost through ICEGATE website for signing all the Customs Documents. The Common Signer utility however would be developed & installed at CA’s website. The following are the key parameters of the common signer utility:
There are many benefits implementing digital signature for ICEGATE inbound messages:
IceGate is a shortened form for - "Indian Customs EDI Gateway". It is the gateway for the users of Customs EDI application in India.
All the Individuals (Importers/Exporters/CHAs/Airlines/Shipping Lines/Shipping Agents etc.), trade partners (Banks/Custodians/PQIS/FSSAI etc.) or Govt. Agencies (Ministry of Commerce/DGCI&S/DG, Valuation/DGFT/CRIS/CONCOR/Ministry of Steel etc.) connect ICEGATE for documents filing (BE/SB/IGM/EGM/CGM etc.), data sharing under Customs Business Process (several information shared through messages with the help of Server to Server SFTP communication system) or for administrative, statistical, analytical or policy making purpose through SFTP in automated environment. It provides Remote EDI Services (RES) to the trade and industry for filing documents, data exchange, e-payment, status enquiry, document tracking, query-reply etc.