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DGFT Trade Notice No.27/2020-21 on Streamlining of Unit Quantity Codes (UQCs) in DGFT's EDI system and Customs ICEGATE


PXL/HO/Cir-068/2020-21                                                                 Date: 18.09.2020



Dear Sir/Madam,

Subject: DGFT Trade Notice No.27/2020-21 on “Streamlining of Unit Quantity Codes (UQCs) in DGFT's EDI system and Customs' ICEGATE”.

We would like to bring to the notice of the member companies that Pharmexcil has represented the difficulties faced by member exporters on the Unit Quantity Codes (UQC), brought by the JNH Customs wide Public Notice No.101dt:18.08.2020 and sought support from the Commerce Department for allowing the shipments meant for exports by making/restoring possible changes in EDI system.

DGFT in this regard has issue a Trade Notice No.27/2020-21 dt: 14.Sep.2020 and the notice brief is given below,

  1. No new authorizations mentioning Non-standard units such as BoU, packs, Boxes cartons and bottles etc would be issued by RAs. For this necessary changes are being carried out in the DGFT EDI system also.
  2. In order to ensure that exports do not suffer in the meanwhile, for the authorizations already issued and carrying any Non-standard units such as BoU, packs, Boxes cartons and bottles etc, Customs have been requested to allow against such authorizations till 30.10.2020 by accepting exporters shipping bills in the UQCs provided in ICEGATE. After 1.11.2020, exports imports without standard UQCs will not be permitted.
  3.  In the meanwhile, such authorizations holders are requested to approach concerned RA and get the non-standard units indicated in their authorizations in the import and export quantities, converted to standard quantity units. In case RAs face any difficulty in carrying out these amendments, they will get in touch with the concerned Norms Committee in Headquarters.

Member companies are requested to go through the Trade Notice No.27 for more information in this regard. A copy of the Trade Notice is enclosed for information.

With regards,


Uday Bhaskar
Director General


Encl: Trade Notice 27/2020-21