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Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment Regulations

Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment Regulations

Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment Regulations

In the year 2018, the Government of India (GoI) introduced Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment Regulations, and it was implemented in the year 2019. The regulations were implemented to regulate and streamline the vessels carrying import and export goods. The regulation process focuses on the following:

  • Process of vessels carrying imported goods into India,
  • Process of vessels carrying goods from India to other countries
  • Process of vessels that are engaged in the coastal carriage
  • Procedures and timing of delivering
  • Filing the manifests of arrival and departure

Delivery of an Arrival Manifest

All sea carriers authorised as per the norms, should provide the arrival manifest while shipping export and imported goods. The arrival manifest should be produced to the concerned officer. In the case when the arrival manifest cannot be produced directly, the company shall send it electronically. If the company submits the duplicate of the arrival manifest, it should be validated by the Commissioner of Customs. However, any vessels that carry coastal goods need not produce any arrival manifest.

The following are the components of arrival manifest:

  • Application for entry inwards in Form-II (except in case of the vessel carrying  coastal goods)
  • Declaration in Form-III
  • List of the vessel’s stores in Form- IV
  • List of the private property owned by the Master and crew, in Form- V
  • Form-VIA: Details of the vessel arriving at an Indian port from a Foreign port in or for vessel arriving at an Indian Port from another Indian Port directly or through designated foreign route in
  • Form-VIB: Details of the vessel arriving from a different Indian port directly or through a foreign route
  • Any other declaration required under the provisions of the Customs Act
  • Form-VIA and Form-VIB: Requirement to update the information on notwithstanding anything contained as per sub-regulation (3)

Delivery of a Departure Manifest

All sea carriers authorised as per the norms, should provide the departure manifest before the departure of the vessel from the port. The departure manifest can be provided manually or electronically. The following are the components of arrival manifest:

  • Form-III: A general declaration
  • Form-IV: List of vessel’s stores
  • Form-V: List of the private property owned by the Master and crew
  • Form-VIIA: Required for vessels departing from Indian port to a Foreign port or
  • Form-VIIB: Required for vessels departing from Indian Port to another Indian port directly or through a foreign route
  • Any other declaration required under the provisions of the Customs Act

Declaration in Respect of Specific Cargo

The vessel carrying the import and export of the following goods should be described in Form-XII.

  • Arms
  • Ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Narcotics and Psychotropic substances
  • Gold
  • Silver

If the vessel does not carry the goods mentioned above, nil certificate will be delivered.

Transhipment of Imported Goods or Export Goods

  • All authorised carriers should file the departure manifest before the departure of a train or a truck. The carriers should also file the arrival manifest upon arrival of the train or truck in Form- VIII. The form shall be used for transhipment of imported or export goods between a port, Inland Container Depot, Container Freight Station, Special Economic Zone (SEZ), foreign post office and vice versa.
  • Form-VIIIA shall be used to file the transhipment or transit of imported goods between a port and Land Customs station and vice versa.

Conditions for Transhipment or Transit through a designated foreign route

The following are the conditions to be followed for transhipment

  • The goods shall be mentioned in the arrival manifest or departure manifest for transhipment to any customs station
  • The transhipment shall be applicable for a vessel, train or a truck or by a combination of two or more of the same modes of transport
  • The bond executed by the carrier in Form-IX A, Form-IX B, Form-IX C or Form-IX D shall be applicable with or without the guarantee from the bank or surety. However, it is valid only of the transhipment of goods is directly between two seaports
  • The officer assigned by the Commissioner of customs will seal the import and export goods along with the container, bonded truck, covered truck or wagon meant for transhipment by land route. The seal shall be released only after the permission of the officer assigned by the Commissioner of customs.
  • If the officer assigned by the Commissioner of customs allows the goods without the seal, the reasons shall be documented in writing. If the coastal goods are shipped through a foreign route, the authorised carrier should furnish all the details in Form-X A, Form-X B, Form-X C, FormX D.

Penalty for the Authorised Carrier

Any authorised carriers that do not follow the regulations shall be liable to pay a fine of Rs.50,000.

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