The Foreign Trade Policy, 2015-20, (as updated) w.e.f. 05.12.2017is notified by Central Government, in exercise of powers conferred under Section 5 of the Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act, 1992 (No. 22 of 1992) [FT (D&R) Act], as amended.

Mandatory documents for export/import of goods from/into India: 

(a) Mandatory documents required for export of goods from India

1. Bill of Lading/ Airway Bill/ Lorry Receipt/ Railway Receipt/Postal Receipt 

2. Commercial Invoice cum Packing List* 

3. Shipping Bill/Bill of Export/ Postal Bill of Export

(b) Mandatory documents required for import of goods into India 

1. Bill of Lading/Airway Bill/Lorry Receipt/ Railway Receipt/Postal Receipt in form CN-22 or CN 23 as the case may be. 

2. Commercial Invoice cum Packing List* 

3. Bill of Entry 

[Note: *

(i) As per CBEC Circulars issued under the Customs Act, 1962 

 (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. 27 (e) The above stipulations are effective from 1st April, 2015.