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The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, through the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, has issued Public Notice No. 02/2024 -DGFT, dated 9th April 2024, concerning the Implementation of Melon Seeds Import Monitoring System (MS-IMS). This notice outlines the procedures for registering import consignments under this system to ensure compliance with the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2023. Let’s delve into the detailed analysis of this notice and its implications.

The implementation of the Melon Seeds Import Monitoring System (MS-IMS) is a significant step towards regulating the import of melon seeds and ensuring transparency in trade practices. Under this system, importers are required to register online through the DGFT website and obtain an Automatic Registration Number upon submission of advance information and payment of the prescribed fee.

One key aspect of the MS-IMS is the requirement for importers to register within ten days from the date of Bill of Lading, emphasizing the need for timely compliance. The Automatic Registration Number issued is specific to the country of origin and port of import, streamlining the monitoring process.

Furthermore, importers must declare Bill of Lading details during registration, with the option to mask exporter information for confidentiality. This ensures that all relevant information is captured in the monitoring system, facilitating efficient oversight.

During import clearance, importers are mandated to provide the MS-IMS Automatic Registration Number along with a valid FSSAI Manufacturer Licence for Melon Seeds to customs port authorities. This step enhances traceability and ensures adherence to quality standards.

Overall, the MS-IMS aims to enhance regulatory compliance, streamline import procedures, and safeguard the interests of stakeholders involved in the melon seeds trade.

In conclusion, the implementation of the Melon Seeds Import Monitoring System (MS-IMS) underscores the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s commitment to promoting transparent and regulated trade practices. By adhering to the procedures outlined in Public Notice No. 02/2024 -DGFT, importers can ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and contribute to a more efficient and accountable import ecosystem. It is imperative for stakeholders to familiarize themselves with the MS-IMS guidelines and embrace proactive compliance measures for a seamless import experience.


(Department of Commerce)

Public Notice No. 02/2024 -DGFT | Dated: 9th April, 2024

Subject: Implementation of Melon Seeds Import Monitoring System (MS-IMS)-reg.

F. No. 01/89/180/14/AM21/PC-2(A)/E-28288.In exercise of powers conferred under Paragraph 1.03 and 2.04 of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2023, as amended from time to time, and in reference to Notification 05/2023 dated 05.04.2024, the Director General of Foreign Trade hereby notifies the procedures for registration of import consignments under Melon Seeds Import Monitoring System(MS-IMS) as follows :–

i. The importer may apply under MS-IMS online on the DGFT Website -> Services -> Import Management System -> Services under Import Monitoring System -> Melon Seeds & Yellow Peas Import Monitoring System. The importer on submission of advance information in MS-IMS and on online payment of Rs. 500/-, shall be issued an Automatic Registration Number.

ii. The concerned Importer(s) shall undertake MS-IMS registration within 10 (ten) days from the date of Bill of Lading(Shipped on Board).

iii. 1 Automatic Registration Number shall be valid for 1 specific country of Origin and 1 Port of Import only. Automatic Registration Number granted shall be valid for any number of import consignments.

iv. Bill of Lading (Shipped on Board) details shall be declared in the MS-IMS registration. Multiple Bills of Lading (Shipped on Board) details may be specified under a single MS-IMS registration.

v. All copies of Bills of Lading (Shipped on Board) should be mandatorily uploaded during the registration process. The Importer may choose to mask the Exporter details on the said Bills of Lading copies.

2. At the time of Import clearance, the concerned Importer(s)are required to submit the MS-IMS Automatic Registration Number details, along with a valid FSSAI Manufacturer Licence for Melon Seeds in line with FSSAI Order RCD-12005/1/2021-Regulatory-FSSAI-Part(2) (E-1638) dated 15.03.2024,to the concerned Customs Port Authorities.

Effect of this Public Notice: Timelines and Procedures for registration under the Import Monitoring System (MS-IMS) for import of Melon Seeds are notified.

SANTOSH KUMAR SARANGI, Director General of Foreign Trade & Ex- officio Addl. Secy.

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