DGFT mandates online filing and issuance of Preferential Certificate of Origin under SAFTA and SAPTA for India’s Exports to Nepal

Dec 16, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


Finance & Taxation Compliance

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGTF) on December 12, mandates all agencies to apply and issue Preferential Certificate of Origin (CoO) for exports to Nepal under South Asian Trade Area (SAFTA) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Preferential Trading Arrangement (SAPTA) through the platform URL: https://coo.dgft.gov.in with effect from December 18, 2019. 

In light of the given cut-off date of December 18, 2019, exporters to Nepal intending to take benefits under SAFTA and SAPTA are requested to register on the new platform immediately.

Following points may be taken note by exporters in regard to the CoO portal/ application process:

a. Digital Signature would be required for the purpose of electronic verification.

b. The digital signature to be used may be Class II or Class III and should have the Import Export Code (IEC) number of the firm embedded in the Digital Signature Certificate (DSC).

c. IEC holder may update the email on which communication is to be done with the portal by using the ‘Online IEC application’ module on the DGFT website.

d. Once registration is done, all directors’ or partners’ details and branch details would be auto-populated in the certificate o origin as available in the DGFT-IEC database.

e. For further assistance the following channels are available:

i. Raise a complaint or suggestion ticket through contact @ DGFT service available on the DGFT website.

ii. Call the Helpline at the Toll-Free number 1800-111-550

iii. Drop an email to [email protected] 

[Trade Notice No. 41/2019-20]


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