Import General Manifest (IGM)
What is IGM – Import General Manifest? How does Import General Manifest work? Who has to file IGM? What are the contents of an Import General Manifest IGM? When does IGM file? Where to be filed Import General Manifest?
If any goods arriving to your border of country is called imports. Generally, imports are by air or sea. Once after arrival of goods at airport or sea port, the imported goods are moved to a Customs bonded area situated at a destination customs location. Without the permission of customs department, the said imported goods are not permitted to move out of the said bonded area. The importer has to complete necessary import customs clearance procedures and formalities to take delivery of imported goods. Once after completion of such import clearance procedures, customs permits to move goods out of the said customs bonded area.
When can an importer or his customs broker file import customs clearance documents at a customs location?
Importer or his customs broker can file import documents for clearance, only after filing of IGM Import General Manifest.
Who files Import General Manifest?
The carrier of goods are responsible to file Import General Manifest at a destination customs location where import cargo off loaded. Filing of IGM is mandatory and legal obligation to government through customs department. The carrier has to intimate customs department of respective country about the complete details of arrival of goods. This intimation is filed in a specified format instructed by customs department. Accordingly the carrier of goods files the details of cargo in specified format with customs immediately up on arrival of goods.
What are the contents of Import General Manifest?
Import General Manifest contains the details of each shipment arrived at a specified customs location. Each IGM has to be filed at each customs location where the imported goods are moved. The Import General Manifest contains the serial number of shipment which is called Line Number of said IGM, name and address of importer, nature of goods, quantity of goods with number of packages, port of loading, country of loading, shipper’s details, container number if any in case of sea FCL imports etc.etc.
When is IGM filed by carrier of goods?
The carrier of goods has to file Import General Manifest immediately up on arrival of goods. The IGM also can be filed before arrival of goods. However, the details of arrival of imported goods have to be matched with actual arrival of goods at the destination customs location.
Once after filing import general manifest, the importer or his appointed customs broker files Bill of Entry with customs department to complete the customs procedures to take delivery of cargo. Once the procedures and formalities completed, the goods is ‘passed out of customs’. The importer can take delivery of goods with the permission of carrier.
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