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Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

The Indian Customs EDI service (ICES)/EDI system is a software package which accepts Customs documents electronically from Importers and Exporters for processing by the Customs Officers. The airlines and shipping lines also are required to file import and export general manifest through EDI. It provides an excellent example of working electronic commerce and environment.

The EDI system comprises of two major sub-systems namely ICES/I for processing import documents and ICES/E for processing export documents. The bill of entries and hipping bills can be filed through EDI over ICEGATE (Indian Customs & Central Excise Gateway) portal/ website for electronic commercial/electronic data interchanges, using remote EDI System (RES). It saves time and efforts of physically going to Customs House/ ICD for filing of Bills of Entry and Shipping Bill.

Those who cannot file bill of entry through ICEGATE can bring their documents to the services center, a facility set-up by the Customs, for entering the Bill of Entry the EDI System and to submit the same to customs for further processing.

Once the documents are submitted to Customs, either through remote EDI System (RES) or through Service Centre, these documents move from one officer to another electronically within computer system till the goods are exported or cleared for home consumption etc to the drawback amount is paid.

EDI operations provides a faster, efficient, reliable, transparent and accountable system having direct positive impact on the overall performance of the Customs House and the level of service thus facilitating the trade.


The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) has launched eSanchit (e-Storage and Computerized Handling of Indirect Tax documents) for paperless processing, uploading of supporting documents and to facilitate the trading across Borders. It has already been made available to importers and exporters in the country. This application provides an electronic interface between tax payers and custom departmental officers to submit their import / export related supporting documents hasselfree and without any human intervention.

Digital Certificate

Digital Signature certificate issued by certifying authority under sub-section (4) of section 35 of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Digital signature means authentication of any electronic record by a subscriber by means of an electronic method or procedure in accordance with the provision of Section-3 of the said act. The digital certificate aims at enabling the Customs and Central Excise Department to carry out secure electronic transactions within itself and with its trading partners (importers/exporters) and other Government agencies.

Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) has appointed certifying authority (ICERT-CA) under the administrative control of the Directorate General of System & Data Management to function as an independent, trusted party in the discharge of its functions including issuing, managing, suspending and revoking digital certificate. Hence, ICERT-CA validates identities of CEBCs trading partners and also of its own officers. Registration Authority (RA) an integral part of ICERT- CA receives and evaluates applications for issue of digital certificate.

A digital certificate includes the following:

A public key of the entity/ subscriber. Name of the entity Name of the issuing authority Date of issuance an expiry. Serial Number Digital Signature of the iCERT-CA Other relevant information.