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India - Sea Cargo Manifest Regulations

Further to our earlier Customer News publication on the India Sea Cargo Manifest Regulation changes announced by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, we like to remind you of the key highlights of the revised regulation coming into effect as from August 1, 2019 as summarized below:

Import Shipment
Import manifest will now be known as Arrival Manifest and Shipping Lines will be required to submit details of all import, transshipment & onboard containers to Indian Customs prior to departure or vessel sailing from the last port of call before calling India ports.

Arrival Manifest Requirement
Submit the IGM relevant information, House Bill of Lading, preferred CFS details etc. to Hapag-Lloyd at least 72 hours prior to vessel sailing from last port of call before calling India ports.

Export Shipment
Export manifest will now be known as Departure Manifest and Shipping Lines will be required to submit details of all export containers to Indian Customs prior to departure or sailing of the vessel.

Departure Manifest Requirement
You are kindly requested to submit the Shipping Bill to Hapag-Lloyd at least 48 hours prior vessel departure from Indian Port of loading.
As per the new regulation, below additional mandatory data elements are required (both for Arrival- and Departure Manifest):

  • HS Code – 6 digit HS (Harmonized) code
  • IEC Code – Import / Export Code of Indian customer
  • PAN Number – Permanent Account Number of Indian customer

In order to comply with above timelines, we look forward to your kind support in submitting the Shipping Instruction (including House Bill of Lading details) within the deadlines provided, as non-compliance may lead to your cargo not being loaded.

We are still in discussion with Customs Authorities regarding the requirement of various data to be manifested and will keep you informed once we receive further clarification on this topic.

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