Implementation of PGA eSANCHIT– Paperless Processing under SWIFT-Uploading of Licenses/Permits/Certificates/Other Authorizations (LPCOs) by PGAs - reg.

Circular No. ES/396/2020-21                                                         4th January, 2021


To: Members of the Council

Sub: Implementation of PGA eSANCHIT– Paperless Processing under SWIFT-Uploading of Licenses/Permits/Certificates/Other Authorizations (LPCOs) by PGAs - reg.

Dear Member,

We would like to inform you that Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) has issued Circular No.57/2020-Customs dated 30th December, 2020 on the above subject.

In this connection, it may be informed that CBIC`s eSANCHIT application which was in operation since 1st April, 2018 has reduced physical interface between Customs and Regulatory Agencies with the Members of trade to increase the speed of clearance in both imports & exports.

This application provides a facility for all Participating Government Agencies (PGAs) to upload digitally signed Licenses/Permits/Certificates/Other Authorizations (LPCOs) at all ICES locations across India.

Please refer CBIC’s Circular No. 44/2018-Cus. dated 13.11.2018, No.13/2019-Cus. dated 03.06.2019, No.19/2019-Cus. dated 16.07.2019, No.03/2020-Cus dated 15.01.2020, No.11/2020-Cus. dated 10.02.2020 and No.24/2020 dated 14.05.2020 for more detail in this regard.

There are already 51 PGAs who have been enabled for uploading their LPCOs on eSANCHIT. You may refer to CBIC Circular No.55/2020-Customs dated 17.12.2020 vide wherein CBIC has decided that w.e.f. 15.01.2021, the supporting documents for justification of claim of duty exemption notification or fulfilment of a CCR requirement etc, shall be mandatorily required to be uploaded in eSANCHIT along with the Bills of Entry.

Now, 2 more PGA namely Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) and Export Promotion Council for EOUs & SEZs (EPCES) with their LPCOs as detailed below are being brought on board eSANCHIT platform. With this, the total number of PGAs on Board eSANCHIT as on date becomes 53.



Document Name

Document Description and
Name of the PGA




Certificate of Origin

Certificate of origin (Non-
preferential) is issued by Trade
Promotion Council of India for
certifying goods of India origin.





Membership Certificate issued
by Export Promotion Council for
EOUs & SEZs.


Since the facility to upload the LPCOs is now being fully made available to above two PGAs, the beneficiaries (importer/exporters) and customs brokers would not be allowed to upload the previously issued LPCOs on eSANCHIT w.e.f. 15.01.2021. However, it may so happen that a beneficiary in possession of an already issued LPCO has so far not uploaded it. Since such uploading (by the beneficiary) would not be possible after 15.01.2021. To facilitate the beneficiaries, the above two PGAs are required to upload the LPCOs issued by them during the last 15 days from above cut-off date. Additionally, if requested by a beneficiary, LPCOs issued on a prior date may also be uploaded by the above two PGAs on eSANCHIT.

It is reiterated that the PGA will be communicating with the beneficiaries through the e-mail addresses registered on ICEGATE. Board had also introduced simplified auto registration process on ICEGATE based on email ids already provided by them for registration under GST without the use of digital signatures for limited purposes of eSANCHIT (communication and viewing) and the IRNs will be communicated to such email ids.

In this regard, kindly refer to CBIC’s Circular No.35/2018 Cus. dated 01.10.2018 and Circular No. 14/2019-Cus. dated 03.06.2019. Since the facility of beneficiary uploading these documents on eSANCHIT will be deactivated from 15.01.2021, beneficiary registration is of utmost importance. Hence, all the formations are requested to reach out to the beneficiaries to ensure that correct email addresses are reflected in the ICEGATE.

Members may make a note of the above.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,