Regulation changes in India Sea Cargo Manifest and Transshipment Regulations (SCMTR), 2018 effective 15th April 2021

Dear Valued Customer,

In continuation to CMA CGM’s previous advisory dated 21st Aug 2019 - #Ref no. CCAI-184-210819, on Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment (Amendment) Regulations, 2019, we hereby bring your attention to Notification No. 39/2021-Customs (N.T.) dated 31st March 2021, which hereby confirms "15th April 2021” as official GO LIVE date for the implementation of Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment Regulations, 2018.

Customers can refer the CBIC notification 94 of 2020 in below Link:

Click CBIC notification 94 of 2020

Scope of SCMT regulations:

The SCMTR is applicable for all cargo to be discharged, loaded, or transhipped at any India port & also for cargo transiting via any Indian port (FROB – Foreign cargo remaining on board).

Information submission Timelines:

Sea Arrival Manifest (SAM) - Import Manifest is now required to be submitted to India customs prior to the departure of the vessel from the last port of call.

To meet the above requirement, Bill of Lading need to be ready and details of the BL/HBL needs to be electronically submitted 48/72 hrs. (subject to transit time) prior vessel arrival to Last Foreign Port of call.

Sea Departure Manifest (SDM) - Export manifest is now required to be submitted to customs prior to the departure/sailing of the vessel from any Port of Loading in India.

To meet this requirement, Shipping Instructions/ Shipping Bill would need to be electronically available with CMA CGM, 48 hours prior arrival of the vessel at the Indian Port of loading.





  • The local legal identification is required wherever an Indian party is involved (as Shipper, Consignee or notify party).
  • HS Code: (applicable for India Export and Import cargo): 6-digit HS (Harmonized system) code & filing of HS Code wise cargo description in the bill of lading and customs manifest. (This needs to be submitted at booking stage)

Note: In case the shipper, consignee / notify party appearing in the bill of lading is a NVOCC / Freight Forwarder, then PAN number of the entity will have to be declared in the bill of lading.

Import shipments to India:

List of Important & Mandatory details required by CMA CGM for SAM filing.

  • Consignee IEC, PAN, GST, Email details are mandatory
  • IEC to be replaced with PAN if FFDR / NVOCC is appearing as Shipper / consignee in MBL
  • For imports into India if consignee is ‘TO ORDER’ / ‘TO ORDER OF SHIPPER’ / BANK then PAN & IEC of Notify must be present.
  • • HBL / CSN # to linked with carrier MBL while furnishing in ODEX, 72 hrs prior to the vessel arrival to the last foreign port of call
  • Amendments: Any changes to bill of lading information after the filing of the Import manifest with Indian customs, would lead to amendment to the Manifest (subject to Approval from the Customs authorities), resulting in Fines and Penalties. Therefore, we discourage any amendments post filing of manifest with Indian customs.
  • B/L Switch: The Switching of the B/L will not be allowed for the containers which are loaded from last port of call before India (Local export), the switching of B/L for container loaded from other ports is still allowed but must be completed before 72 hours of vessel Arrival to Last port of loading before India.
  • Change of destination (COD): COD will be allowed only 72 hours prior to vessel Arrival to last port of call. Any change in bill of lading information after this deadline may result in discrepancies with the sea arrival manifest), resulting in Fines and Penalties.
  • Local information requirements with regards to HBL filing requirement, CFS / DPD nominations, SEZ declaration; with SCMT this cut-off will be revised to 3 working days prior to vessel arrival to Last foreign port of call.

List of Important & Mandatory details required by CMA CGM for CSN/SDM filing.

  • The sea departure manifest will be based upon the bill of lading information and not based on Customs Shipping Bill as is the practice today. Accordingly, it is imperative that the complete and correct shipping instructions are submitted by the customers 48 hours prior arrival of the vessel at the Indian Port of loading.
  • Special care must be taken to ensure that the mandatory fields required for submission of sea departure manifest, are correctly declared in the shipping instruction and matches with the information filed in the shipping bill. If any discrepancy / error during sea departure manifest filing to this reason may result in de-manifestation from the sea departure manifest and associated cost / consequences because of the booking party.
  • On filing of shipping bill with customs, a PCIN number will be generated which needs to be provided to CMA CGM, who will in turn link the same along with bill of lading information filed via sea departure manifest.
  • For consolidated cargo, CSN – cargo summary notification maybe generated to incorporate information of all PCIN included in a single master bill of lading.
  • Mode of declaration of PCIN / CSN to CMA CGM will have to be made through ODEX only.

Role Of ODeX as EDI Partner for SCMT Filing of CMA CGM

we hereby inform you that CMA CGM has partnered with ODEX as the official joint partner for SCMT related filing submission.


What the Customer needs to update in ODEX portal:

  • Shipper to upload PDF Shipping Bill on ODEX system. In addition to PDF file, Shipper will have to either upload PCIN # / SB EDI file/Excel file or update all data required for SDM filing purpose in ODEX system. (This is for validating the information for successful filing)
  • The HBL or CSN # as per the case to be furnished in ODEX portal in advance
  • Any such variations / inconsistencies between the MBL, HBL & S/Bill Data – Exception /Rejection Report, Mismatches If any / Errors will be communicated to the shipper instantly who has to revert with corrections soonest by return

What is expected from the Registered & Un-registered users under SCM regulation?

Registered Users: (Customers registered with Customs for self-manifest filing under SCMTR)

  • If customer file their HBL details to Customs giving CMA CGM MBL Number reference and in return obtain the CSN (which can be shared to the CMA CGM via ODeX).
  • They also have an option to share their full HBL filed in ODEX to the carrier.

Unregistered Users: (Customers who prefer the shipping line to file the manifest on their behalf)

  • Will have to submit their HBL details to Carrier along with MBL SI detail.
  • In case multiple forwarders involved, they shall share details to NVOCC / Consolidators.

Mandatory Inputs to tally in the Carrier MBL that will be a precursor to successful SAM / SDM Filing:

Number of Packages, Container number, Size, Seal Number, Six Digit HS Code MBL No. & Date, Overall Gross Weight (in every HBL)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If multiple HBL’s in an MBL, then the counts in every HBL MUST Tally with the count in the MBL.

Best Regards,

CMA CGM Agencies India Pvt. Ltd.

8th April 2021

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