Circular No. ES/223 /2020-21 27th June, 2020
URGENT & IMPORTANT
To : Members of the Council
Sub.: Launch of new DGFT platform and Digital delivery of IEC related services
DGFT vide Trade Notice No. 16/2020-21 dated 25th June 2020 has informed about its initiative to launch a new digital platform on 13th July, 2020. The platform will become accessible through the existing website: https://www.dgft.gov.in.
As you are aware, having IEC is mandatory for companies and businesses to start a business that deals with import and export. The platform is aimed to help Members of Trade to file their application electronically related to IEC. In the first phase, the website will be catering to the services related to the IEC issuance, modification, amendments etc. processes along with a Chatbot (a virtual assistant) catering to queries of users. Other online modules relating to Advance Authorisation, EPCG, and Exports Obligation Discharge which are part of next phase will be rolled out subsequently after the first phase stabilizes.
Operational points to the new platform design:
(I) (a) Access to the services would be through a username and password based system.
(b) The first time logins/user ID may be created through a registration process on the new platform.
(II) (a) For user ID creation, registered mobile number/email ids of the IEC holders will be a mandatorily required.
(b) The same will be authenticated by the process of OTP/email based authentication process.
(III) (a) Users would have to link their login IDs to their specific IECs.
(b) The process of linking would be available post login through Digital Signature/Aadhaar based e-Sign.
(IV) (a) Digital Signature (DSC)/Aadhaar based e-Sign will be required for applying and modifying IEC or adding or updating the IEC-linked users.
(b) Users may take necessary actions for procuring/updating their information etc. on the DSC/Aadhaar.
Please note the following-
The user profile can be then used by the IEC holders to engage with DGFT and its services.
This will enable the user to electronically file their application related to IEC, AA, EPCG, including amendments & redemption, monitoring the status of the application, raising queries, replying to the deficiencies etc. among other services related to the Foreign Trade policy.
The new platform is also designed for smooth migration of legacy (older) data of DGFT and its stakeholders.
The existing data will be used for the online processing of the previous applications henceforth.
The users will be able to monitor the status of their applications and the pending obligations thereof.
These numerous features should significantly benefit the trade community.
Users are requested to familiarize themselves about the new platform and its features.
Other online modules relating to Advance Authorisation, EPCG, and Exports Obligation Discharge which are part of next phase will be rolled out subsequently after the first phase stabilizes.
DGFT has directed its RAs to do the following:
Intimate the staff/officials about the launch of the new platform.
All the staff/officials must have an NIC/GOV email ids with updated mobile numbers. The same will be used in the Back Office (BO) portal of the new platform.
To spread awareness about the new platform among the trade stakeholders. Staff/Officials may also refer to the content about the platform provided to them during the training sessions.
For the purpose of going-live of first phase, the required systems configurations, the IEC applications and modification process would be suspended from 3:00 pm on 10th July, 2020 till 13th July, 2020. Stakeholders are requested to plan in advance about the IEC services.
In case of any issues/queries, members may kindly contact DGFT Helpdesk at 1800-111-550 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Saturday with a copy marked to the Council at (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) so as to follow-up on these issues with the DGFT for smooth working of the DGFT Platform.
Members may kindly make a note of the above and do the needful.