Glossary of Shipping Terms

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A mandatory requirement under Section 30 of the Customs Act 1962, the Import General Manifest that every shipping line or its agent needs to file with the customs 24 hours before its ship enters Indian waters and has cargo to be discharged at the port of call.

The IGM helps ensure that all the import cargo carried by a vessel has been reported, the carrier has followed all statutory requirements, and that all the ship is carrying all required and complete documents for import.

Similar to IGM, an Import Report is filed for imports entering the country via land.

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