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Customs rolls out eSanchit

Aditya Sabharwal
Further strengthening its automation drive the customs department recently launched its eSanchit program at the Vizag port.
Exporters particularly in the marine and Agri commodities are said to benefit from this move.
Albeit the eSanchit was made mandatory for importers in April this year exporters will now benefit from this too.
Earlier exporters in these sectors were required to present certain documents/certificates such as plant Quarantine, animal quarantine, FSSAI, wild life, pollution control board etc. Now with the coming of the eSanchit there will be no requirement of physical documents. All of these documents which were required to be presented at the time of clearance will now be filed online said the customs commissioner Dr DK Srinivas.
This move is said to further enhance India’s ease of doing business metric under the trading across border parameter.
With the roll out of its flagship eSanchit the customs has de-materialized the clearance eco-system by dispensing the submission of hard copy of documents thereby making the entire process paperless said the customs commissioner.
By introducing SWIFT, a customs single window, customs has unified the entire clearance process on a single digital platform.
Other initiatives such as the DPD (direct port delivery) have profoundly reduced both time and costs for traders. It is stated that almost 40% of the containers at India’s biggest container port Nhava Sheva can be cleared directly from the port to the importers premises within 60 hours, thus eliminating the need for the containers to go to a CFS.
Trading across borders (under which the eSanchit program falls) is an important parameter among the 11 parameters that the world bank measures. This parameter assesses the efficiency of time taken in clearing the imported and exported goods and the cost involved in this process.

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