Implementation of Sea Cargo Manifest and Transshipment Regulations

The  transitional  provisions  of  the  SCMTR in India has  been extended from 30 June, 2024 to 31 August, 2024, and SCMTR  seeks  to  bring  about transparency, predictability  of  movement, and advance collection of information for expeditious Customs clearance. The regulations stipulate  the obligations,  the  roles  and responsibilities,  for  the  various  stakeholders involved  in  the  movement  of imported/exported  goods. The  regulations also  specify the  changes  to  the formats  and  timelines  for  filing  the manifest  declarations. 

As  the  transitional  provision  under  Regulation  15  (2),  the  old  formats have continued  to  be  accepted,  thereby  giving  sufficient  time  for complying with  the  new formats in a phased manner.

With the deadline of 30 June, Directorate General of Systems (DGoS) has been interacting  with  all  the  stakeholders  and  extensively  testing  the  formats as per  the SCMTR  Regulations.  More  than  15  major  changes  have  been carried  out  in  the application based on the feedback and the ICEGATE 2.0 module development is also complete and is receiving the test files in the new format. It is further noted that, few stakeholders have shown readiness and are filing in the new format, while many others 450/58/2015 Cus.IV(Pt.I)I/91935/2024 are  yet  to  start  testing  in  the  new  format,  thereby  creating  the  doubt  regarding  the readiness to move completely into the new format since 1 July 2024.

On  reviewing the  status  of  readiness  of  the  stakeholders  by  the  Board,  it has been decided to provide an extension for filing under the old format, as a final preparatory phase for migration into the new system from 31 August 2024 onwards. Therefore, the stakeholders are advised to start filing in the new format on a parallel basis on priority, as  failure  of  the  same  may  negatively  impact  the  cargo  clearance  times  for  those consignments. (Continued)


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