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

Circular No.ES/213/2019-20                                                                          January 20, 2020      

To: Members of the Council       

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

Dear Member,

CBIC has issued Circular No 03/2020-Customs dated 15th January, 2020 on the above issue.

As you are aware ‘eSANCHIT” application was successfully in operation since 1st April, 2018. With the objective of further reducing physical interface between Customs / regulatory agencies and the trade and to increase the speed of clearance in both imports & exports, a facility to upload digitally signed Licenses / Permits / Certificates / Other Authorizations (LPCOs) by Participating Government Agencies (PGAs), eSANCHIT was introduced at all ICES locations across India from 16th November, 2018.

It may be informed that initially CBIC vide Circular No.44/2018-Cus. dated 13.11.2018 introduced 3 PGAs, later vide Circular No.13/2019-Cus. dated 3.6.2019 added 23 PGAs and thereafter vide Circular No.19/2019-Cus dated 16.07.2019 added 16 more PGAs, now 4 more PGAs are added vide Circular No 03/2020-Customs dated 15th January, 2020. All these PGAs are being brought onboard the e-SANCHIT platform.

Please be informed that –

Since the facility to upload the LPCOs is now being fully made available to these 4 new PGAs, the beneficiaries i.e. importer/exporters/customs brokers would not be allowed to upload the previously issued LPCOs on e-SANCHIT w.e.f 31/01/2020.

• Further, to facilitate the members of the trade (beneficiaries), the PGAs are required to upload the LPCOs issued by them during the last 15 days from above cut-off date.

• Any LPCOs issued on a prior date may also be uploaded by the PGAs on e-SANCHIT, in order to enable the beneficiary to utilize the same.

Points to be noted - 

  • PGAs will be communicating with the beneficiaries through the e-mail addresses registered in the ICEGATE.
  • Board had already introduced simplified auto registration process in 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 Image Reference Nos. (IRNs) will be communicated to such email IDs.
  • In this regard, kindly refer to Board’s Circular No.13/2019-Cus. Dated 03.06.2019 and circular No.19/2019-Cus. dated 16.07.2019 .
  • Since the facility of beneficiary uploading these documents through e-SANCHIT will be deactivated from 31.01.2020, 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 kindly make a note of the above.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,


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