From November 1, 2019, Indian customs will only accept manifests that meet the new regulations.


The Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Taxation and the Customs Committee of India (CBIC) have confirmed that the regulations on shipping cargo manifests and transshipments have officially entered into force on August 1, 2019. At the recent CBIC meeting, the latest revision was updated.





The revised rules are as follows


  1. CBIC has confirmed that the effective date will remain as of August 1, 2019.


  1. The 45-day (August 1st to September 15th) transition period allows all relevant stakeholders to adjust the new system and new processes. The customer must provide shipping instructions to the shipping carrier for testing purposes in accordance with the new regulations.


  1. For another 45 days (September 16th to October 31st) finalization period, all relevant stakeholders will complete the new system and new process adjustments.


  1. From November 1, 2019, CBIC and Customs will only accept manifests under the new provisions of the Marine Cargo Manifest and Transit Regulations (SCMTR), with no exceptions.


  1. Any irregularities on or after November 1, 2019, will be subject to a fine of 50,000 to 200,000 Indian rupees (approximately US$700-2800).


In response to this revision, the shipping companies have also issued relevant notices.



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ONE shipping line:


To: Dear customers / booking agents:


According to the Indian Customs notice, since November 1, 2019, the goods exported to the ports of India must provide the following contents in the manifest. Be sure to provide it in the SI information:


  1. IEC, GSTIN, mailbox, and PAN

If the consignee is a local importer in India, the import and export code IEC (Import and Export Code), GSTIN (GST Identification Number) and email address are required.


If the consignee is an agent and cannot provide IEC CODE, PAN (Permanent Account Number) is required.


If the informant is a local Indian company, the PAN number is also required.



A 6-digit HS CODE must be provided.


  1. Value

When submitting SI information for each bill of lading, the value data must be filled in the Remark column.


Please fill in the specific amount according to the invoice, in US dollars.


If there are multiple goods, please provide the total value of the invoice for all goods.


The value data will not be displayed on the bill of lading, please do not fill it in the product name.


If the value is not provided, our company will default to zero.


Failure to provide the above information accurately and in a timely manner will affect the customs clearance of goods in India. All liabilities, risks, and expenses arising therefrom will be borne by the customer and the agent.







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Shipping Arrival Manifest (SAM) – for all containers entering India:


It must be submitted before the ship leaves the last foreign port of call.


For example, South Korea/China/India Subcontinent (KCIS) and China/India/Vietnam (CIVS) westbound routes are Port Klang, while Dar es Salaam is the last northbound route of the Gulf/India/African route (GIA) A foreign port of call.


The port of loading must strictly comply with the deadlines specified in the shipping instructions.


All containers that are unloaded or unloaded at the Indian port as a local importer or unloaded or retained on board.


A mandatory 6-digit customs code (HS CODE) is available.


The importer’s import and export code (IEC) and the consumption tax importer’s identification number (GSTIN) are mandatory for manifests and bills of lading.


Mandatory provision of the permanent account number (PAN) of the notifying party (Indian named entity).


The invoice value of the goods is currently not mandatory on the Maritime Arrival Manifest (SAM) and does not need to be displayed on the bill of lading.



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Sea Departure Manifest (SDM) – for all containers exported to India


Mandatory exit cargo manifests require ships to submit outbound cargo manifests to Customs before the Indian port of loading is opened.


Suitable for all containers loaded on Indian ports.


The customer must submit shipping instructions at least 48 hours before the ship arrives at the port of loading.


The customer must submit the cargo shipping order at least 42 hours before the container is opened.


Approval of amendments after the submission of the manifest







Shipping arrival manifest (SAM).

Long-distance sailing for more than 4 days – estimated arrival time 48 hours ago.


2 to 4 days on the way – estimated 24 hours before arrival.


Short-distance sailing less than 2 days – estimated arrival time 6 hours ago.


Carrying bulk cargo, regardless of its voyage time – until the cargo import declaration.


Marine Outbound Goods Manifest (SDM)


Generally no later than 24 hours after the ship sails.


Carry bulk cargo no later than 72 hours after the ship leaves the country.



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