The new regulations, effective from August 1, 2019, make it compulsory for shipping lines, exporters and importers to adhere to the defined timelines for the Cargo Manifest for imports arriving in India, exports out of India, and transhipment via Indian Ports.

Imports to India

Shipping lines are required to submit import manifest details to Indian Customs prior vessel departure from last port of call before calling India, for all containers which are going to discharge at any port in India or are discharged for transhipment at any of the ports in India. In order to meet this requirement, Bill of Lading needs to be ready 72 hours prior vessel sailing from last port of call.

Exports from India

Shipping lines are required to submit export manifest details to Customs prior sailing of vessel from Indian port of loading, for all containers which are loaded on a said vessel from India. In order to meet this requirement, shipping instructions would need to be available 48 hours prior arrival of the vessel at the Indian port of loading, informed a communiqué.

Posted By Exim News Service