Digital Signature Certificate for BE,SB,IGM,EGM,CGM etc


Digital Signature Certificate in Remote EDI filing of Customs Documents


Digital Signature Certificate for BE,SB,IGM,EGM,CGM etcSimplify Customs procedures and enhance the use of automation in business processes with resultant reduction in transaction costs and dwell time associated with the Customs clearance of imported and export goods.

Electronic submission of digitally signed Customs process documents viz. Bills of Entry, Shipping Bills, Import General Manifest (IGM), Export General Manifest (EGM) and Consol General Manifest (CGM). integrity of the said documents. Implementation of digital signature provides a solution. 


The extract of circular is given under:

Circular No. 10/2015-Customs 31st March, 2015


The Board has decided that with effect from 01.04.2015 importers, exporters, customs brokers, shipping lines, airlines or their agents shall be given the facility to use Digital Signature Certificate for filing Customs process documents viz. Bills of Entry, Shipping Bills, IGM (General Declaration and Cargo Declaration), EGM (General Declaration), CGM through Remote EDI System (RES).For the present, the facility of using digital signatures is optional for all users.


To operationalize the facility to use Digital Signature Certificate for filing the aforementioned Customs process documents, the following process would be followed:

A web-based Common Signer utility is provided free of cost through the ICEGATE website (https://www.icegate.gov.in) for digitally signing the said Customs process documents.

 

 


Importers, exporters, customs brokers, shipping lines, airlines and their agents are expected to use a Class III Digital Signature Certificate obtained from any of the Certifying Authorities, as notified by Controller of Certifying Authorities (http://www.cca.gov.in), following the due process.

Importers, exporters, customs brokers, shipping lines, airlines and their agents shall use the Digital Signature Certificate and the web based Common Signer utility to digitally sign the electronic documents generated by remote EDI package and then subsequently send the digitally signed documents for processing via email/web upload, as is being done currently.

On receiving the digitally signed documents the ICEGATE server side verifier shall verify the user's credentials, validity of certificate, Certifying Authorities credentials, Public Key, Certificate Revocation List (CRL) status and the result of authentication and integrate the data into ICES database. The data so integrated will also have a flag to indicate that the submitted document was digitally signed.

The Customs officers will be able to identify on the system whether a particular electronic document has been filed after signing with Digital Signature Certificate or not.

The Board has also decided that whenever the said Customs process documents are digitally signed, the Customs will not insist on the user physical signing the said documents as well. The reliance on digitally signed Customs process documents shall also result in the reduction of hard copies of these documents.

The Board desires that Chief Commissioners of Customs/Customs and Central Excise shall suitably sensitize the field formations under their jurisdiction about the introduction of the facility of using Digital Signature Certificate for filing Customs process documents viz. Bills of Entry, Shipping Bills, IGM (General Declaration and Cargo Declaration), EGM (General Declaration) and CGM.

 

 

Complete details of circular is given under: 

Circular No. 10/2015-Customs 31st March, 2015

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Ajitesh: Dear Sir, I want to digitally signed my CGM file for icegate submission. If you are providing a S/W for the same plz let me know.

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