Date: 14th October 2019
Subject: India Regulatory Changes – Sea Cargo Manifest and Transshipment Regulations (SCMTR) Effective 1st AUGUST 2019 – 3rd Update
With reference to our previous notices of the India Regulatory change, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has confirmed the Sea Cargo Manifest and Transshipment Regulations to be effected from 1st August 2019. New Update was confirmed in the meetings of stakeholders with CBIC.
- Effective date given by CBIC is maintained as 1st August 2019.
- 45 days (1st August to 15th September) transition period is allowed for stakeholders to fine tune new system and new process. Customers have to provide shipping instruction per new requirement to carriers for the test.
- Another 45 days (16th September to 31st October) finalizing period for stakeholders to completely run the new system and new process for any necessary adjustment.
- On 1st November 2019, CBIC and Customs will only accept manifest entirely under SCMTR Regulations without any exception.
- Penalties varying from INR 50,000 to INR 200,000 will be imposed for any incompliance on or after 1st November 2019.
- Emirates Shipping Line confirmed to run the new process and timelines with IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
Sea Arrival Manifest (SAM) – For all containers into India:
- SAM to be filed in customs before vessel getting departed from Last foreign port of call. Example for KCIS & CIVS westbound, Port Klang is the last foreign port of call, while Dar Es Salaam for GIA northbound
- Shipping Instruction Cut off time at POL must be strictly adhered
- All containers discharging for local or transhipment or retain on board at any Indian Ports.
- Harmonized (HS) Code of 6 digits is mandatory
- IEC Code & GSTIN Number for Indian entity is mandatory for manifest & BL
- Permanent Account Number (PAN) of Notify Party (Indian entity) is mandatory
- Cargo Invoice value is currently OPTIONAL on Manifest and NOT NEEDED ON OBL
Sea Departure Manifest (SDM) – For all exports from India:
- Mandatory rule of Departure Manifest must be submitted to India Customs Prior Sailing of vessel from Port of Loading in India
- Applied for all containers loaded on said vessel at Indian Ports
- Customers have to submit shipping instruction at least 48 hours prior arrival of the vessel at POL.
- Customers have to submit shipping bills at least 42 hours before gate in of containers.
Permission for manifest revise after submission
For Sea Arrival Manifest (SAM):
- On long haul voyage more than 4 days – Before 48 hours of expected arrival.
- On medium haul voyage 2 to 4 days – Before 24 hours of expected arrival.
- On short haul voyage less than 2 days – Before 6 hours of expected arrival.
- Carrying break-bulk cargo irrespective of their voyage duration up to entry inward.
For Sea Departure Manifest (SDM):
- In general not later than 24 hours after departure.
- In respect of vessels carrying break-bulk cargo not later than 72 after departure
Remark: above timelines are to Indian customs. All requests are subject to the acceptance of ESL by evaluating the internal and external amendment process.
House BL (HBL) Filing arrangement
- Deadline for submission of house BLs by forwarders in India should be 72 hours prior departure of the vessel at last foreign port.
- DPD, DPD/CFS, switch details to be informed to the carrier by local forwarders or consignees prior departure of the vessel at last foreign port.
For ensuring smooth process, we will keep close liaison with concerned parties and update your good company of any further requirement. We are looking forward to your kind support and full compliance to the new Regulations. Any failure may cause loading / discharge problem and customs penalty which will be on cargo owner’s account. Please contact our local agencies if any assistance is required. You may also visit our website www.emiratesline.com for more details.
Customer Service Management
Emirates Shipping Line