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India delays implementation of SCMTR rules

India delays implementation of SCMTR rules
Implementation of the India Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment Regulations (SCMTR), will now be delayed until 30 September 2020 according to a statement issued by India’s Ministry of Finance.

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) had earlier clarified below the requirements with regards to Sea Arrival Manifest (SAM) and Sea Departure Manifest (SDM):

  • PCIN (Primary Cargo Identification Number) will be generated by Customs whenever an actual shipper and consignee manifest the House Bill of Lading for Imports or the LEO (Let Order Export) Shipping Bill for Export cargoes.
  • CSN (Cargo Summary Notification) will be generated by Customs when a forwarder/consolidator files the House Bill of Lading (HBL)details using CSN format.
  • MCIN (Master Cargo Identification Number) will be generated by Customs when details of HBL matches with details of Master Bill of Lading (MBL) with respective CSN or SAM / SDM file.

Sea Arrival Manifest (SAM)
The import manifest will be known as the Arrival Manifest and carriers will be required to submit details of all import, transhipment and onboard containers to Indian Customs prior to departure or vessel sailing from the last port of call before calling India ports

For the shipments discharging/destined to Indian ports, the Arrival Manifest (SAM) should also include following data elements

  • HSN Code (6 digit numeric)
  • IEC (Importer Exporter Code) of the Consignee (If IEC not available, PAN of Consignee should be mentioned)
  • PAN (Permanent Account Number) of Notify/consignee
  • Invoice value & Currency

The House Bill of Lading (HBL) information needs to be declared in the SAM prior departure from the last port of call.

Arrival Manifest Requirement
Submit all IGM/SCMTR relevant information, House Bill of Lading (HBL) or Cargo Summary Notification (CSN) preferred Container Freight Station (CFS) details etc. to Hapag-Lloyd at least 72 hours prior to vessel sailing from last port of call before calling Indian ports.

For transhipment and in-transit (FROB) containers, above data elements are not required. However, complete Bill of Lading information is required to be available 72 hours prior to vessel sailing from the last port of call.

Sea Departure Manifest (SDM)
Export manifest will be known as the Departure Manifest and carriers will be required to submit details of all export containers to Indian Customs prior to departure of the vessel.

Departure Manifest (SDM) should also include following data elements –

  • HSN Code (6 digits - numeric)
  • IEC code of Shipper/Consignor (if IEC not available, PAN of shipper/consignor should be mentioned)

Departure Manifest Requirement
In order to comply with SCMTR deadlines, we will be implementing revised Cut-offs for Export Cargo.

You are kindly requested to submit the PCIN (generated post filing of LEO Shipping Bill) or the CSN (generated by Forwarders/Consolidators generated) to Hapag-Lloyd within the cut-off deadline.

In case CSN not generated by Forwarders/Consolidators, the House Bill of Lading (HBL) data together with PCIN should be submitted to Hapag-Lloyd within the cut-off announced.

Further information on the Export Cut-Offs and data submission will be advised shortly.

Manifest Amendments:
Any amendments post filing of SAM or SDM will be subject to the approval of Indian Customs Authorities and will attract customs penalties/fines.

The detailed information on SCMTR can be accessed at the ICEGATE (India Customs National Trade Portal).

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