E- Governance Recent Initiative by DGFT on Automatic system for issuing Status Holder Certificates

In Export and Import, Foreign trade policy updates by Vivek C V

Status Holder certificate – Eligibility& Benefits

Status Holders are business leaders who have excelled in international trade and have successfully contributed to country’s foreign trade. Status Holders are expected to not only contribute towards India’s exports but also provide guidance and handholding to new entrepreneurs.


All exporters of goods, services and technology having an import-export code (IEC) number shall be eligible for recognition as a status holder. Status recognition will depend on export performance. An applicant shall be categorized as status holder on achieving export performance during the current and previous three financial years (for Gems& Jewellery Sector the performance during the current and previous two financial years shall be considered for recognition as status holder). For granting status, export performance is necessary in at least two out of four years

Threshold Export performance as Notified in FTP 2023
  • On achieving higher status threshold as per Para 1.26 of FTP a firm can, at its discretion, upgrade their status holder category after surrender of the previous Certificate and applying as per para 1.08 above

Benefits /Privileges of status Holders:

Privileges of Status Holders A Status Holder shall be eligible for privileges as under:

  1. Authorisation and Customs Clearances for both imports and exports may be granted on self-declaration basis;
  2. Input-Output norms may be fixed on priority within 60 days by the Norms Committee; Special scheme in respect of Input Output Norms to be notified by DGFT from time to time, for specified status holder
  3. Exemption from furnishing of Bank Guarantee for Schemes under FTP, unless specified otherwise anywhere in FTP or HBP;
  4. Exemption from compulsory negotiation of documents through banks. Remittance / receipts, however, would be received through banking channels;
  5. Two star and above Export houses shall be permitted to establish Export Warehouses as per Department of Revenue guidelines.
  6. The status holders would be entitled to preferential treatment and priority in handling of their consignments by the concerned agencies.
Automatic system-based issue of status Holder certificate: (e- SHC)

As part of trade facilitation initiative by DGFT, the status holder certificate will be electronically generated based on the export data available in DGCI&S database with no requirement by the exporter to file any kind of application in Most cases.- DGFT PN 32/2023 Dt 09.10.2023 may be referred

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A qualified functional (In International Trade domain) as well as a trained IT Professional with over 15 years of total experience, out of which over 10 years in SAP ERP Implementation as well as a Business Analyst. Involved in Requirement analysis, Product Development and Leadership of Customer Support Team. Gained strong experience in Project Coordination, Business Analysis and Team Management. Being a Logistics Manager attained proficiency in managing the Commercial export/import operations encompassing logistics and allied functions. Comprehensive exposure in Profound understanding Customs rules & regulations, EXIM Policy ( Legal Compliance)

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