Customer Advisories

Sea Cargo Manifest & Transhipment Regulation

12 May 2021 - by Teamglobal

15th May, 2021 Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment (SCMT) Regulation, 2021 Dear Customer, Further to our earlier advisory dated 4th Nov’2020 on the SCMT Regulation, please find an update basis Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Notification No. 39/2021, trial phase is extended till 31st May 2021 thereafter the mandatory compliance requirements for submissions

Sr. No. Exports Process Information required Manifest Document Timeline*
1 Once Shipper / Custom broker files the Shipping Bill, Customs automated system will generate PCIN corresponding to cargo covered under single Shipping Bill. Shipper / Custom broker to share all the required documents as per the existing process and in addition provide PCIN details along with Shipping Instruction details.


The above information must be accompanied by clear SI i.e., Shipping instructions for Bill of Lading release (merge/split shipments)

No later than 4 days prior to vessel berthing at any Indian port of call.

For Imports:

This new regulation allows Ice-gate registered freight forwarders to file their CSN – Entry (Cargo Summary Notification-Entry) directly with Indian customs. All House Bill(s) of Lading “HBL” pertaining to calling the first Indian port and subsequent Indian ports need to be declared in the CSN – Entry, prior vessel arrival at last foreign port of call before calling India.

In order for us to comply with this request, we would like to start receiving your manifest documents within the below timelines.

Sr. No. Scenario Details required Manifest Document Timeline*
1 Self-Filers: Custom brokers and Freight forwarders registered with Indian Customs and filing their own manifest with Indian customs a) Provide HBL copy and furnish PCIN (Primary Cargo Identification Number). PCIN is generated by Custom Dept., whenever an actual consignee name is manifested with Indian customs.


b) CSN-Entry must be filed with accurate packages & weight as per Teamglobal origin agent released Master BL and accordingly Teamglobal will release the Import Delivery order.

No later than 4 days prior to vessel arrival at the last foreign port of call.
2 Non Self-Filers : Custom brokers and Freight forwarders engaging services of Teamglobal to file their cargo manifest with Indian Customs Provide HBL copy No later than 5 days prior to vessel arrival at the last foreign port of call.
3 New Email id for manifest documents This Email ID is only for Sea Import manifest documents & related queries. In case of any revisions after sending the manifest HBL, written request should be submitted and confirmation must be obtained from our
4 6 digit HSN code with clear cargo description on House BL’s
5 a) Cargo Invoice value is required for filing manifest, not required to be shown on BL
b) Your office can send House BL wise cargo value details in separate “Supplementary Manifest Information.xls” file (format attached)
c) In case customer is not willing to declare the invoice value then Teamglobal has no option but to update the value as ZERO (0)
6 6 IEC (Import Export Code) of consignee must be mentioned on House BL’s
7 PAN (Permanent Account Number) of notify, must be mentioned on House BL
8 Changes in House BL weight & packages will NOT be accepted without revision in Co-load BL issued by our agent at origin

* Manifest document deadlines will be reviewed every month till the successful implementation of SCMT Regulation, 2020

Needless to say, any Non-compliance to the above requirements within agreed timelines, will lead to cargo not being considered for loading and / or Issuance of Bill of lading may be withheld where the entire risk, cost and consequence remain on account of merchant.

Teamglobal will also be not responsible for any inaccurate manifest filing due to any delay or non-receipt of complete, accurate, manifest documents and PCIN details from your office and non-compliance of mandatory Indian customs requirements.

We understand that this new requirement by Indian customs may be disruptive to your current processes and we like to express our sincere appreciation for your understanding and cooperation. Our main objective is to receive your manifest documents in time in order to have accurate manifest with Indian customs as per new regulation requirement.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the concerned desk.

Best Regards

Teamglobal Logistics Pvt Ltd

SCMT desk –

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