Documents required for import and export from 1 April 2015

Directorate General of foreign trade department issued a notification no. 114 dated 12 March 2015 regarding documents required for import and export of goods. This list of documents required will effect from 1 April 2015. Full notification is as follows.

Subject: Specifying documents required for Export and Import
S.O.(E) In exercise of the power conferred by Section 5 of the Foreign Trade (Development and
Regulation) Act, 1992 read with Para 2.1 of the Foreign Trade Policy, 2009-2014, the Central
Government hereby inserts a new Para 2.53 of Foreign Trade Policy, 2009-14:

2. Para2.53: The following mandatory documents are prescribed for exports and imports of goods
from/into India:

(a) Mandatory documents required for export of goods from India:
1. Bill of Lading/Airway Bill
2. Commercial Invoice cum Packing List*
3. Shipping Bill/Bill of Export


(b) Mandatory documents required for import of goods into India
1. Bill of Lading/Airway Bill
2. Commercial Invoice cum Packing List*
3. Bill of Entry

[Note: *(i) As per CBEC Circular No. 01/15-Customs dated 12/01/2015.
(ii) Separate Commercial Invoice and Packing List would also be accepted.]

(c) For export or import of specific goods or category of goods, which are subject to any
restrictions/policy conditions or require NOC or product specific compliances under any statute, the regulatory authority concerned may notify additional documents for purposes of export or import.

(d) In specific cases of export or import, the regulatory authority concerned may electronically or in writing seek additional documents or information, as deemed necessary to ensure legal compliance.

(e). This Notification shall come into effect from 1st April, 2015.

3. Effect of this Notification: Only three documents each {as in para 2.(a) & (b above} would be
mandatory for exports and imports.
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