Importer/Exporter: The primary stakeholders of ICEGATE, as they directly engage in import/export activities. Both need ICEGATE registration to file customs declarations, make payments, and access various services.
Customs Broker (CHA): An intermediary licensed by the Customs Department to facilitate import/export procedures for clients. They require ICEGATE registration to submit documents, track shipments, and interact with customs on behalf of their clients.
Non-IEC Holder/UIN Holder: Entities without an IEC (Import-Export Code) but holding a UIN (Unique Identification Number) can register on ICEGATE for limited activities, such as courier clearance.
SEZ Entity: Businesses operating within Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have specific registration requirements on ICEGATE depending on their activities.
NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier): Provides containerized freight transportation but doesn’t own vessels. Requires ICEGATE registration if offering services like documentation, customs clearance, etc.
Shipping Agent: Represents shipping lines in specific ports, dealing with cargo handling and documentation. Registration depends on their specific services and level of interaction with customs.
Airline: Airlines transporting cargo internationally need ICEGATE registration for customs clearance and documentation related to air shipments.
E-seal Vendor: Provides electronic seals used for container security. Requires registration if operating under customs regulations.
Custodian: Stores imported goods on behalf of importers. Usually require registration when involved in customs-related activities.
Consol Agent: Consolidates smaller shipments into larger ones for cost-effectiveness. Needs registration if offering customs clearance or documentation services.
Shipping Line: Owns and operates vessels for sea cargo transportation. May require registration if directly interacting with customs, especially for inland container depots.
Freight Forwarder: Arranges transportation and logistics for import/export cargo. Registration depends on their level of involvement in customs clearance and documentation.
Train Operator: Transports cargo via trains internationally. Might require registration depending on their customs-related activities.
Authorized Terminal Operator (ATO): Manages cargo terminals and facilities. Needs registration if involved in customs clearance or documentation.
Participating Government Agency (PGA): Government entities authorized to use ICEGATE for specific purposes related to trade facilitation or enforcement. Their registration requirements vary based on their designated roles.
The type of entity and its specific role in import/export activities determine whether ICEGATE registration is mandatory or optional.
Registration requirements and processes may differ depending on the entity’s function and level of interaction with customs.
Always refer to the official ICEGATE website for the latest guidelines and specific requirements for your entity type.