Notification No. 108/2016-Customs (N.T.)
New Delhi, the 11th August, 2016

G.S.R. … (E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 157 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Board of Excise and Customs hereby makes the following regulations further to amend the Import Manifest (Aircraft) Regulations, 1976, namely: –

1.  (1) These Regulations may be called the Import Manifest (Aircraft) Amendment Regulations, 2016.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the e-gazette of India.

2.  In the Import Manifest (Aircraft) Regulations, 1976 (hereinafter referred to as the said regulations), in regulation 5, –

(a) for sub-regulation (1), the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(1) The passenger manifest shall be delivered within fifteen minutes of the closure and departure of the flights from the port of embarkation outside India.”;

(b) for sub-regulation (2), the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(2) The manifest shall be transmitted electronically to the Indian Customs either in flat file format or in United Nations/ Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport Passenger List Advance Passenger Information (UN/EDIFACT PAXLST API) message format as per Annexure.”;

(c) in sub-regulation (3), after the word “concerned”, the following words shall be inserted, namely:-

“Principal Commissioner of Customs or”.

3. In the said regulations, after regulation 5 and before FORM I, the following Annexure shall be inserted, namely:-


(i) Flat File Naming Convention:

The structure of file name will be as below:- 160401PJFKDELBY161.api where

1604016 digit scheduled Arrival date in YYMMDD format
P/CP for PAX and C for Crew
JFKDeparture Airport Code (Last Leg port)
DEL3 character destination airport code (DEL=Delhi)
BY2/3 digit IATA carrier code
1613/4 digit IATA flight number
.apiFile extension

(ii) File structure Details:

One file structure will contain a complete manifest for PAX/Crew of a particular flight. Separate file for Crew and PAX for each flight needs to be sent.

(iii) Field Details / Description:

S. No.Field Description LengthType Remarks
1.Flight Carrier Code3CharacterIATA Carrier  Code
2.Flight Number4Number3/ 4 digit numeric
3.Flight Scheduled

Departure Date

4.Flight Scheduled

Departure Time

5.Flight Actual Departure


6.Flight Actual

Departure Time

7.Flight Scheduled

Arrival Date

8.Flight Scheduled

Arrival Time

9.Flight Last Leg Port Outside India3CharacterIATA Airport Code
10.Flight First Arrival Port in India3CharacterIATA Airport Code
11.Number of Crews in flight4Number0 for PAX file
12.Number of PAX in


4Number0 for Crew file
13.PNR10CharacterPassenger Name

Record Locator


Serial Number

4NumberRunning Serial

Number within the file





16.Pax/Crew Type3CharacterCRW=Crew


17.Document Type2CharacterP=Passport, O=Others
18 #Document Number20CharacterPassport Number/ Unique ID Number for other travel documents
19Document Expiry Date8CharacterYYYYMMDD
20.Document Issue Country3Character3-char Country Code
21.Pax/Crew Name100CharacterAs appears in Passport / other travel document
22.Pax/Crew Date of Birth8CharacterYYYYMMDD
23.Pax/Crew Nationality3Character3-char Country Code
24.Pax/Crew Gender1CharacterM/F
25.Pax/Crew Embark


3CharacterIATA Airport Code

Disembark Airport

3CharacterIATA Airport Code

Disembark Address

40CharacterAddress of PAX

at Disembarking

country (e.g. House / Flat No, Street etc.)


Disembark City

35CharacterAirport Name of




Disembark Postal Code

9CharacterPostal Code of

Disembark address


Disembark Country

3Character3-char country code of

disembarking country


Residential Country code

3Character3-char country code
32.Subsequent Place / Port of Call within the Country3CharacterIATA Airport Code
33.Crew Other Document


2CharacterOnly in case of CREW, For License code L
34.Crew Other Document


20CharacterCREW License Number
35.Crew Other Document

Expiry Date

8CharacterDate of expiry of License in YYYYMMDD format
36.Crew Other Document Issue Country


3Character3-char country code where license has been issued
37.Crew Type3Character3-char CREW type as mentioned in UN/EDIFACT
38.Pax/ Crew Home


70CharacterAddress of Home place (e.g. House/Flat No, Street name and number etc.)
39.Pax/ Crew Home City70CharacterHome city name
40.Pax/ Crew Home State70CharacterHome State name
41.Pax/ Crew Home Country3Character3-char country code
42Pax/ Crew Birth Place70CharacterAddress of Birthplace (e.g. House/Flat No, Street name and number etc.)
43.Pax/ Crew Birth City70CharacterCity name of birth place
44.Pax/ Crew Birth State70CharacterBirth place State name
45.Pax/ Crew Birth Country3Character3-char country code of birth address
46.Visa Number15CharacterVisa Number as in Travel Document

Visa Issue Date


Visa Issue Place

50CharacterVISA issue place

Version Number

10CharacterVersion Number of US/UN EDIFACT

Release Number

10CharacterRelease Number of US/UN EDIFACT
51.Carrier Contact


50CharacterName of the nodal officer of the carrier to contact
52.Carrier Contact


50CharacterPhone numbers of the contact person
53.Carrier Contact Fax50CharacterFAX numbers of the contact person

#The passport number is not mandatory for some countries viz. currently for Nepal and Bhutan and in those cases ‘O’(other) value to be mentioned in the document type and Unique Document number be provided.

  • Each data element should be separated by „|‟ (pipe line) in the record (Total 53 no. of „|‟ should be there in each record)
  • In case of value not available for a specific data element, null value (not space) should be given.
  • Each record for PAX should be in a single line, no line separator is required.

Example of structure of file for PAX only

B Y | 1 6 1 | 2 0 16 0 4 0 1 | 1 0 1 0 | | | 2 0 16 0 4 0 2 | 0 7 4 5 | L H R | D E L | 0 | 1 6 0 | H K 2 5 6 L | 2 0 | D | P A X | P | A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | 1 0 0 4 0 1 | G B R | J O H N D S O N | 7 5 0 5 0 6 | G B R | M | J F K | D E L | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | J M A R T I N | 9 1 1 1 2 7 4 6 8 8 2 3 | | |

(iv) For furnishing the information in United Nations/ Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport Passenger List Advance Passenger Information (UN/EDIFACT PAXLST API) message format, airlines/ carriers may refer WCO/IATA/ICAO passenger list message (PAXLST) implementation guide. (”.

4. In the said regulations, for FORM-II, the following FORM shall be substituted, namely:-


(See regulation 3)


Owner or Operator………………………………………Marks of Nationality and Registration…………………………………………….

Flight No. …………………………. Date ……………………………………………………………………………

Point of embarkation………………………………. Point of disembarkation………………………………….

(Place and Country)                                                      (Place and Country)

“I. Flight information:For use by owner or operator onlyFor official use only
a. airline carrier code and flight number
b. departure airport
c. scheduled departure date and time
d. actual departure date and time *
e. arrival airport
f. scheduled arrival date and time
g. subsequent port of call within the country
h. number of crew in flight
i. number of passengers in flight
II. Passenger information:
a. serial number in the manifest
b. status; whether transiting or disembarking
c. name of the passenger
d. gender
e. date of birth
f. nationality
g. address in the country of primary residence
h. place of birth
i. address of birth *
III. Journey information:
a. journey start airport
b. destination airport
c. passenger name record locator
d. address in India*
e. residence country code*
IV. Travel document information:
a. document type
b. document number
c. expiry date
d. country of issue
V. Crew related information
a. crew other document code*
b. crew other document number*
c. crew other document expiry date*
d. crew other document issue country*
e. crew type*
VI. Visa related information for foreigners
a. visa number *
b. visa issue date*
c. place of issue*
VII. Message related information
a. EDIFACT version number
b. EDIFACT release number
c. Carrier contact information
d. Carrier contact number
Prepared by…………………………Page…………….of…………………..pages.”

*The data fields with (*) mark are not mandatory.

[F. No. 520/12/2009-Cus VI]

(B. Konthoujam)

Under Secretary to the Government of India

Note: The principal regulations were published in Part I, Section 3, Sub-section (i) of the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, vide notification under G.S.R 1550 dated 23rd October, 1976 and were last amended vide notification No. 74/2005-Customs (N.T.) dated the 30th August, 2005, vide number G.S.R. 547(E) dated the 30th August, 2005.

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