Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What are the different types of trade data available from DGCI&S?
A: The DGCI&S compiles and releases monthly export & import data on merchandise trade.It also compiles and releases yearly data on inter-state movement of goods in India by river, rail & air; customs & excise revenue collections of the Indian union, inland coasting trade consignments of India and foreign coastal cargo movements of India.

Q2. What are the different types of information disseminated by DGCI&S?
A: Aggregate level monthly trade data by commodity, country, port or any combination of these three parameters are disseminated by DGCI&S to the private users on payment basis.

Q3. How one can obtain trade data from DGCI&S?
A: Export/import data may be obtained through its web based system and on payment basis for private users.


Q4. What is the procedure to be followed, if one is not a registered member of Webbased Data Dissemination System?
A: The registration / subscription system has been stopped . An user can login as a "Guest" User in our dissemination Portal linked to the Website dgciskol.gov.in and obtain data on payment basis . It is a query based system. After logging into the portal, one needs to select certain parameters for running a query like period for which data is required, data type (Export/Import), HS Code(Commodity)/Country etc. When one clicks on the execute query button, a bill will be generated and displayed on the data users computer screen. Once the required payment is made through net banking / debit card, data can be instantly downloaded in text / word / csv / excel / pdf formats


Q5. What are the charges one has to pay to buy data from DGCI&S?
A: For supply of data to the private users, the applicable charges are:

  1. Cost of data : Rs. 1.00 per record consisting of quantity and value on the parameters
  2. Service Charge: 10% of data cost or Rs. 100.00 whichever is higher
  3. Charge for CD: Rs. 15.00
  4. Postal Charges: Rs. 25.00.
  5. If one obtain data online then 3 & 4 are not applicable .

Q6 . Is it necessary for the users to mention ITC (HS) codes, while sending a request in this regard?
A: Yes, it is absolutely necessary to mention the ITC (HS) code(s) or Chapter(s) for which the data is required, failing which no action will be taken.

Q7. How one can find the appropriate ITC (HS) code(s)?
A: A search engine is provided in the website of DGCI&S. The users can make use of it to ascertain the proper appropriate ITC(HS) code(s) of their interest.

8. What does the Indian Trade Journal contain (ITJ)?
A: The Indian Trade Journal, an weekly publication published by the DGCI&S contains tenders of high value of all Government of India Organizations, State Governments, PSUs and private parties also. It also contains trade information related to export/import.

9. Who can publish a Tender in ITJ?
A: Any Central Government Organization, State Government Department and PSUs of both Central and State Governments can publish tenders in this Journal.

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10. What is the price of ITJ?
A: The price of ITJ is Rs.120/- per issue and Rs. 5990/- for annual subscription.

11. What is the frequency of publication of ITJ?
A: It is published every week on Wednesday.

12. What is the procedure for publishing of tender in ITJ?
A: For getting tender(s) published in ITJ, one has to follow the below mentioned procedure:

  1. Tender notices should be sent in duplicate directly to the Director General, DGCI&S, 565, Anandapur, Plot No. 22, Sector-I, Kolkata – 700 107 preferably by FAX No.: 033-2443 4051, 033-2443 4053 or by SPEED POST, or ORDINARY/REGD. POST or by E-mail: itj.dgcis@nic.in.
  2. It is required to send the tender notices either directly to this office or through Govt. of India Book Depot, 8, Kiran Sankar Roy Road, Kolkata-700 001. In no case it should be sent to both the channels to avoid double insertion in the Indian Trade Journal for which issuing authorities would be liable for payment for both the insertions. Tenders will not be accepted if it is sent through any private advertising agency.
  3. The notices along with Hindi versions, if required should be sent to the Director General, DGCI&S so as to reach at least three weeks before the date of publication of the Journal.
  4. The tenderers are required to give reasonable time from the date of issue of the tender in the Indian Trade Journal to enable the bidders to submit their quotations.
  5. Hindi version of tender notices should be sent if required along with the English version.
  6. The Indian Trade Journal accepts no responsibility for complaints, if any, arising from non-adherence of the aforesaid requirements. The payment of bills and correspondences, if any, for tender notices published in the Indian Trade Journal will be made directly to the Controller of Publications, Department of Publications, Civil Lines, Delhi-110 054 by Crossed Demand Draft or Cheque drawn in favour of the “Controller of Publications, Delhi”.
  7. The issuing authorities are requested to make payment immediately on presentation of bills to avoid accumulation of bills and audit objections.


Source : Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics, Last Updated on 24-03-2017