Transhipment of Cargo to Nepal under Electronic Cargo Tracking System Regulations, 2019

Oct 01, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs on September 30, 2019, has published the Transhipment of Cargo to Nepal under Electronic Cargo Tracking System Regulations, 2019.

These regulations shall apply to the transhipment of cargo from the ports of Kolkata, Haldia and Visakhapatnam in India to Birgunj in Nepal by rail and from the ports of Kolkata, Haldia and Visakhapatnam to Batnaha in India by rail and from Batnaha to Biratnagar in Nepal by road.

Ø  Declaration of transshipment: The authorised carrier shall:

(a)    declare the cargo destined to Nepal and the port of final discharge in Nepal in the arrival manifest;

(b)    undertake to transport the goods by rail or rail-cum-road till they reach the port of final discharge in Nepal;

(c)     directly procure ECTS seals at their own cost from the managed service provider;

(d)    execute a general bond for an amount as directed by the proper officer;

(e)    file a declaration of transhipment, in triplicate, in the Form appended to these regulations before the proper officer, along with a copy of the commercial invoice.

Ø  Permission to load goods: A person-in-charge of a conveyance will permit the loading of goods destined to Nepal, onto a railway vehicle, after approval by proper officer of declaration of transhipment relating to goods.

Ø  The proper officer shall give permission of transshipment after verifying certain things like cargo is properly sealed with the electronic cargo tracking system; endorse all the three copies of the declaration of transhipment with the ECTS seal number and retain a copy therefrom and hand over the remaining two copies to the person in charge; and the authorised carrier shall submit a copy of the endorsed declaration of transhipment at the land customs station of exit from India and the other copy shall be handed over to the customs at the port of final discharge in Nepal.

Ø  Procedure after arrival of containers at the land customs station.

Ø  Procedure for discharge of bond after completion of transshipment.

They shall come into force on the day of their publication in the Official Gazette.

[Notification No. 68/2019-Customs (N.T.)]


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