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How to apply for EPCG License online on DGFT Portal

Feb 05, 2022
How to apply for EPCG License online on DGFT Portal - AmitMulani and Team

EPCG Online Application Procedure


Pre-conditions for applying for EPCG

  • IEC Entity has already Imported Items by paying customs duty. 
  • The applicant has an ‘Active’ IEC and is logged into the DGFT Customer Portal. 
  • E-Sign and DSC are enabled for submission. 
  • The applicant is authorised to draft and submit applications for an IEC.

Step by step Process - apply for EPCG License online

Step 1 - Login to the portal with valid credentials and click on ‘Services’ menu present in the top of the screen


Step 2 - Importer Exporter navigates through Services>>EPCG


Step 3 - Export promotion of Capital Goods (EPCG Scheme) Screen will be displayed. Separate Tiles for processes for EPCG are show under Services under EPCG.


Step 4 - Select Apply for EPCG/Post Export EPCG (ANF-5A)



User can apply for EPCG in two ways:

A. Proceed with Draft Application User selects the required Draft and clicks on Proceed with Existing Application.


B. Fresh Application:

User selects Start Fresh Application



Step 5 - Applicant Details screen is displayed. Importer/Exporter selects Branch code from dropdown


Step 6 - Branch code is selected then Address of Applicant is auto populated:


  • Zero duty EPCG Scheme
  • Zero percentage EPCG Scheme Post Export (Not for Import)



Step 7 - User selects the declaration; a dialogue box is displayed for the confirmation that he/she has updated his profile in ANF-F 


Step 8 - If user selects No then system displays a popup that user needs to update his IEC profile and the navigation in Customer Portal for the same.


Step 9 - If Selects Yes for the confirmation on IEC Profile Update, then the other sections of Applicant Details page are displayed


Step 10 - RA-Office name is auto populated based on the address of the selected branch code.



Step 11 - User selects the Port of Registration from the drop-down list which shows list of all EDI/Non-EDI ports. (System will Auto suggest the name of port based on Users input)


Step 12 - In case user selects anything in sector classification then the Justification for the sector classification has to be provided mandatorily.


Step 13 - In case User selects the value for Are you a common service provider? As Yes and/or Are proposed capital goods sought to be imported are to be used by the supporting manufacturer? As Yes then user has to provide details for two additional sections namely Common service provider details and Supporting Manufacturer/Factory Premises / Project Sit



Step 14 - RCMC Details Section: User selects one or more RCMS Details for the EPCG License. This list will be populated from the IEC profile of the Importer/Exporter. Only Valid RCMC details are shown here


Step 15 - GST Details: A GST detail of the importer/Exporter is displayed from the IEC profile. User can select one/more GST details from the list irrespective of the branch code selected above.


Step 16 - Common service Provider Details: User has to capture minimum 6 different Exporter details where the firm is a Common Service Provider. All can belong to same product category or different.

  • Product category is selected from the list of values in the drop down.  
  • Based on the selection of Product category the place of operation drop-down values is filtered, user selects any from the list then.  
  • Name of Exporter is auto populated once the IEC of exporter is provided.  
  • Address of Exporter is auto populated once the branch code is selected.

  • All the CSP Exporters should be different.



Step 17 - Supporting Manufacturer Supporting Manufacturer/ Factory Premises/ Project Site Details

  • User captures details like GSTN Registration Number, Name of Supporting Manufacturer, Supporting Manufacturer Address Line 1, Supporting Manufacturer City etc...  
  • Based on the Supporting Manufacturer Pin Code the value for Supporting Manufacturer State is auto populated



Step 18 - Export Details Page

  • User selects the one/many value for are the export item(s) present in the following list (if any) from the drop down

  • User can capture Export details in below two ways:
    • Bulk Upload
    • Add Manually 


Step 19 - Capital goods sought to be imported details

  • User selects the currency of Import from the currency list in the drop down.  
  • Similarly, the freely convertible currency is selected from the drop down

  • User captures the Postal address of the jurisdictional Central Excise Authority in whose jurisdiction factory/premises of the applicant/supporting manufacturer where the capital goods to be imported are proposed to be installed* in the free text area. 
  • Import Item Details can be added in a similar way like Export Details i.e.
    • Bulk Upload- User can download the template excel, capture all the details of the Import Items and then upload the same. Details will be added in the Import Table below. 
    • Manually- User has to manually provide values of all parameters. On the selection of ITCHS code the description of the Item is auto populated. 
    • User selects the value of Nature of capital goods sought to be imported and Unit of measurement from the list of values in the drop down
    • On click of Add button, details will be added in the Import Detail table below.  
    • Once added, user can edit/delete any Item details
    • Total CIF value in INR, Freely Convertible currency, USD, in currency of Imports and Duty saved value in INR is displayed below the Import Details table


Step 20 - Indigenous Details

  • In case Importer /Exporter selects yes for ‘Do you want to add Invalidation request’ option then he has to add Indigenous Item Details  
  • User selects the Item Serial no of the Import Item. Based on the selection the ITCHS code, Description and Unit of Measurement is auto populated.  
  • User declares the Quantity to be invalidated which should be lesser than the Quantity to be imported.
  • Once all the details are captured, user clicks on Add button
  • Indigenous Item Details are added in the table below.
  • User provides the details for Indigenous supplier Details and clicks on Add, the supplier details are populated in the table below. 


Step 21 - Bank Guarantee Details: For Indigenous details user has to mandatorily provide

  1. Bank Guarantee Details.  
    • User clicks on Add Bank Guarantee Detail Button.
    • Bank Guarantee Detail screen is displayed; user can search for the Bank Guarantee Details present in the repository.
    • User selects the required bank guarantee and clicks on Add button.
    • Bank Guarantee is added and displayed in the Grid. User clicks on Save and Proceed Button 




Step 22 - Export Obligation Imposed Screen is displayed

  • Based on the Total Duty Saved Value the Export Obligation (EO) Details are calculated and displayed in INR and USD values.  
  • In general, overall Export Obligation stands like 6*the total duty saved value. (For zero duty EPCG Scheme)  
  • Overall EO period to full fill the export obligation is 6 yrs. (First block-0-4 yrs., Second block5-6 yrs.)  
  • 50% of the Overall EO is to be fulfilled in the first block and the remaining 50% of the Overall EO in the second block.  
  • In case an Importer/Exporter is unable to fulfil the specified EO for the respective EO period blocks user can request for an Extension in EO period later on. (Within a timeframe of 90 days from the last date of end date of the block)


Step 23 - Attachment Screen

It has basically two sections: 

  • Attachment – Where the user provides the necessary attachments
    • User selects the attachment type and then browse/Drag-Drop the file
    • User clicks on Upload Attachments; attachment will be added 
  • CA/CE Details:
    • User clicks on Add CA/CE Detail button.
    • Appendix List uploaded in the CA/CE repository by the user is displayed
    • User selects one/more appendixes from the list and clicks on attach Appendi
    • Appendix is added into the Grid. 


Step 24 - Declaration Page

User will be displayed the list of Declaration points.

User selects the check box; the User details of the Importer/Exporter are populated below the declaration.


Step 25 - Application Summary page is displayed

  • User can print the summary in PDF format by clicking on the Print Summary button.
  • Sample- Print Summary PDF
  • In the Application Summary user digitally Sign the application using DSC or Aadhar.
  • After, Sign. User clicks on the Payment for EPCG button.
  • Payment Details screen is displayed to user where the Applicant detail, Service Description and Fee Amount is displayed
  • In case user selects Yes for any Payment Made in Legacy System/EMPS then user has to provide the details of any such transaction like Transaction reference number, Transaction Date, Ecom reference number and Amount.
  • User clicks on Validate and Utilize button.
  • User clicks on Submit button.
  • On Successful Payment a payment receipt is generated
  • User can download the payment receipt in PDF format using the download receipt button
  • On clicking OK, an acknowledgement message with File number is displayed. 



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