Revised Mandatory Documents for Import & Export

Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on March 12, 2015 reduced mandatory documents for Import and Export of goods to below 3 documents:

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

* Separate Commercial Invoice and Packing List would also be accepted

Further, RBI has removed below documents

  1. SDF Form (For Export)
  2. A 1 Forms (For Import)


  1. DGFT Circular: Specifying documents required for Export and Import
  2. Ministry of Commerce: Mandatory Documents Required For Export And Import Reduced To Three Each

One thought on “Revised Mandatory Documents for Import & Export”

  1. How about the cases where the exported/imported commodities don’t have packing list like oil or software etc??

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