Circular regarding implementation of eSANCHIT in exports

Circular No. 43/2018-Custom dated 08 November 2018 has been issued in relation to implementation of paperless processing facility under SWIFT-uploading of supporting documents (eSANCHIT) in export. Summary of key provisions is provided below:

A. Procedure for uploading the documents

  • The procedure for eSANCHIT in exports is similar to the one prescribed for eSANCHIT in imports.


  • The supporting documents is to be uploaded in the ICEGATE by using the login credentials of the authorised person. The step-by-step procedure for uploading the supporting documents is provided on the ICEGATE website.  Further a facility to access and view the documents uploaded is also provided on ICEGATE.


  • In case the authorized person seeks to provide a document after the generation of the Shipping Bill number, then he should upload the document first on ICEGATE to obtain a unique ID Image Reference number (IRN) for the document and link the document with the corresponding Shipping Bill by submitting an amendment at the Service Centre. The same procedure will also apply when the documents are submitted in response to a query raised by Customs for a Shipping Bill.

B. Assessment & Document Verification

  • Once a Shipping Bill has been filed, Customs officers can access the uploaded electronic versions of supporting documents while viewing or assessing the Shipping Bill on ICES.


  • During assessment, ICES provides for a query to be raised in order to call for additional documents or information. In response to a query, supporting documents can be uploaded by the authorised person online by following the aforementioned procedure.


  • It is to be noted that all documents required for the purposes of assessment will be available online.

C. Goods Registration, Examination & Let Export Order (LEO)

  • After filing of the Shipping Bill, the authorized person with his self-assessed copy of the Shipping Bill can approach the designated place for goods registration, document verification and LEO.


  • In case goods are to be examined, the officer examining goods may record the results of inspection/examination online on ICES.

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