Government of India

Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics

(An ISO 9001:2015 Certified Organisation)

Page last modified on : 29/Jan/2019

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 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/credit 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. Charge for CD: Rs. 15.00
  3. Postal Charges: Rs. 25.00.
  4. 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, a weekly publication of the DGCI&S contains tenders of high value of all Government of India Organizations, State Governments, PSUs . 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.


10. What is the price of ITJ?
A: ITJ has become online which can be viewed at and it is free of cost. Hard copy is no longer published since 01.11.2017.

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

12. What is the procedure for publishing 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 E-mail: , FAX No.: 033-2443 4051, 033-2443 4053 or by SPEED POST, or ORDINARY/REGD. POST .
  2. Tenders will not be accepted if it is sent through any private advertising agency.
  3. The notices along with Hindi versions, if required , should reach at least a week 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. The Indian Trade Journal accepts no responsibility for complaints, if any, arising from non-adherence of the aforesaid requirements.