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Everything you ought to know about e-SANCHIT

CBIT and Customs Department together launched e-Storage and Computerized Handling of Indirect Tax documents (e-SANCHIT). The motive behind the introduction of e-SANCHIT was to promote paperless transactions and to upload documents to ease the trading process across borders. CBIC has provided this facility to exporters and importers and PGS (Participating Government Agencies). The role of the PGA is to help the exporters and importer in providing customs clearances.

List of Documents Required for Export/Import?

Here is the list of document that is required by the exporter/importer:

  1. Landing or airway bill
  2. Packing List/Commercial Invoice cum Packing List
  3. Commercial invoice
  4. BOE (Bill of Entry)

What is the procedure to upload documents through e-SANCHIT?

Below mentioned are the procedurals steps that show how to upload a document through e-SANCHIT:

Step 1: Preparing documents in digital Format

Before uploading the documents on the e-SANCHIT importers, exporters or PGAs need to prepare the document in PDF/A Format (ISO 19005-2). The user can choose from the following courses of action.

However, in a case, if the document issuer does not use an automated system and the recipient receives the hard copy or facsimile. The recipient may scan the document into a PDF but he/she needs to follow some conditions while scanning the document:

  1. The resolution shall be above 200 DPI and that too in black and white
  2. The size of the file shall not be more than 75 KB and it shall be in A4 size
  3. No punch hole or stapler marks on the document shall be there at the time of scanning the document. In case if there is any these marks shall be far away from the document content
  4. Irrespective of the pages the size of the file shall not exceed 1MB. In case if the size of the document exceeds the size 1 MB it shall be split and uploaded as 2 or more documents
  5. Folds in the document shall be avoided
  6. Dark patches shall not be there in both source and the image of the document
  7. During the transmission of a facsimile, the content of the letter shall not be elongated or compressed
  8. The PGA user shall preview the document before uploading to ensure its legibility and is of good quality.

DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) that is registered on the ICEGATE shall be used by the PGA user to digitally sign the PDF document to mark the authenticity of the document. After the information is stored in the system he/she has to link this data to the RES Package that helps in preparing the electronic files. Electronic files prepared by RES Package can only be submitted on the ICEGATE Portal.

Step 2: Log into the ICEGATE Portal https://www.icegate.gov.in/iceLogin/


To upload documents on the ICEGATE in electronic form the PGA user needs to log into the ICEGATE Portal using valid credentials and DSC.

Step 3: Once logged in, click on the e-SANCHIT

ICEGATE Portal 3

After logging into the ICEGATE, PGA user needs to click on the e-SANCHIT link to upload the document into the ICEGATE.

No user can upload documents without logging into the ICEGATE Portal.

Step 4: Click on the Upload Document

ICEGATE Portal 4

Once the electronic format of the document is ready to upload on the ICEGATE Portal, click on the Upload Document. The PGA user can upload a batch of 10 documents at a time.

In case if the document fails to meet the basic requirement of size and type it will show the exact error instantly.

Step 5: Enter the beneficiary details against the selected PDFs


The PGA user needs to mention the name of beneficiary along with the beneficiary code to mention for whom the documents are uploaded.

Step 6: Selecting the type of document


Once the documents are uploaded the ICEGATE system asks the type of document from the drop-down list. The list also shows on the ICEGATE portal as a single map code directory.

Step 7: Click Validate Document Button


It is important to verify the DSC attached along with the beneficiary name and code of each document. For this, he needs to click on the Validate button. It shall be noted that without validating these things the PGA user cannot proceed to the next step.

Step 8: Click on the Submit button


After validating all the checkpoints the PGA user needs to click on the Submit button to submit the documents. In case if there is an error in the document the system will show the error. The PGA user then needs to rectify the errors in the document and need to re-upload the same.

Once the file is uploaded on the ICEGATE, the PGA user will get a unique number commonly known as IRN. This unique number will display on the ICEGATE portal. Moreover, the PGA user needs to send an acknowledge mail to every beneficiary carrying the relevant IRNs.

Step 9: Post submitting click the OK button


It shall be kept in mind that after completing all the above process the PGA user needs to acknowledge the disclaimer by clicking on the OK button.

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