Update on India Regulatory Changes – Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment Regulations effective date postponed to 1 March 2019

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October 31, 2018 - The effective date of the Sea Cargo Manifest and Trans-shipment Regulations 2018 has been shifted to 1 March 2019. As such, the existing Cut-offs will continue to be in effect until then.

Nevertheless, please be reminded that the new regulations make it compulsory for shipping lines, exporters and importers to adhere to the defined timelines for the Cargo Manifestation for Imports arriving in India and for Exports out of India and the trans-shipment via Indian Ports.

Imports to India: Shipping lines are required to submit Import manifest details to Indian Customs prior to vessel departure from last port of call before calling India, as well as for all containers which are going to discharge at any port in India, or are discharged for transshipment at any of the ports in India.

To adhere to these timelines, carriers request  customers to provide details of House B/L 5 Days before vessel calling the Last port of call before India and details such as CFS nomination, Direct Port delivery intimation, Shipment Parties details and all other manifest details must be provided 3 days before vessel calling the Last port of call before India. 

Exports from India: Shipping lines are required to submit Export manifest details to Indian Customs prior Sailing of Vessel from India port of loading, for all containers which are loaded on a said vessel from India. To adhere to these timelines, carriers request customers submit the original shipping bill with Let Export Order(LEO) at least 48hours prior the Estimated time of arrival (ETA) of the vessel. For Shipments originating from ICD, the shipping Bill / Transshipment receipt (TR) with LEO should be submitted 24 Hours prior loading of containers on Train/Truck at ICD. 

Source: Indian Ministry of Finance, Hellenic Shipping News