• Procedure
  • Hazardous Material
  • Air Container

Exporting to India

For shipments to India the MAWB should be consigned to ABS Xpress Pvt. Ltd. with the respective destination office address (Please check with us prior to dispatching the shipment).

Important Notes

1. MAWB column Nature and Quantity of Goodsshould show -Consolidation as per Manifest Attached.
2. The total weight of the HAWB should match with the weight on the MAWB.


A detailed pre-alert must be sent to respective destination offices as well as to Head office (Trichy) prior 24 hours of arrival at destination. A detailed pre-alert enables the branch office to:

1. Get confirmation from the airline on the flight number and date
2. Pre-alert customers about the arrival of shipments
3. Pre-alert airlines if cargo is meant for cold storage
4. Prepare the manifest to be lodged with customs


Ensure flight connections and minimize short landings. If shipments are short-landed, customers will have difficulty in clearance of shipments. Indian customs does not allow the splitting of consignments for clearance (in the event of part shipments). If a single consignment covered under one house airway bill and invoice arrives on two different flights, customs will not allow the invoice to be split unless it receives justification from the origin office (ie the shipper as well as the origin office) giving valid reasons for the part shipment. This scenario results in a delay of at least two to three days to clear the cargo. Such a delay is unavoidable as the shipment comes in on two different flights and is treated as two different shipments by customs.


In cases of cross labeling, the time needed to rectify errors is approximately 15-20 days. Customs authorities do not accept any written justification from the destination point. Hence all correspondence justifying the cross labeling (for customs) and correct invoices for the consignment will have to be sent by the origin office.


Always ensure that documents are rated correctly as mis-rated HAWBs cause delays in the customs clearance of cargo. In India customs duties are charged on the CIF value of the consignment and over-charging of freight means that the customer pays higher duty, and can lead to the loss of that customer.

Mis-rated house airway bills cannot be amended at destination offices in India as Indian customs requires amendment to be done at origin. Delays in customs clearance are inevitable as the consignee has to wait for amended copies of HAWBs from origin. Another problem is that of having to explain the delay to understandably irate customers.


Free domicile shipments can be accepted only after prior approval from our offices. Free domicile shipments will be cleared and delivered by Pace Express and all costs related to clearance will be borne by Origin Office. The HAWB should reflect the shipment as "free domicile".

Please observe this rule for the documents listed below :

i)   Pre-alerts from origin office with details of notified party
ii)  Master airway bill !!! clipped to the pouch
iii) Consolidation manifest.
iv) The pouch should contain the following items:
       (a) HAWB - 8 fold
       (b) Shipper's Invoice - 4 fold Packing
       (c) List - 2 fold
       (d) MAWB - 6 fold
       (e) Manifest - 4 fold
v)  The Customs Pouch is to be clipped to the Document Pouch and should contain:
       (a) HAWB - 1 fold
       (b) Manifest - 1 fold
       (c) MAWB - 1 fold
       (d) Invoice - 1 fold
vi) The HAWB number for consignments meant for COLD STORAGE must be clearly be indicated on the MAWB and Manifest
Debit note / Credit note !!! wherever applicable.


Lots of shipments that arrive at Indian airports remain uncleared. Such uncleared shipments are transferred to the AAI warehouse 15 days after their arrival. After 3 months they are auctioned to recover customs duties and warehousing charges accrued. Shipments may remain uncleared for the following reasons:
1. Wrong shipment / cargo
2. Wrong documentation
3. Financial difficulty of the importer (i.e. inability to pay)
4. Delay in arrivasl of shipments
5. Shipment of restricted articles (items not allowed to be imported as per customs manual)
When there are any uncleared shipments, reminders of the cargo arrival notice are sent on the 15th and the 30th day urging customers to take delivery of their shipment. A list of uncleared shipments is also forwarded to origin offices on a fortnightly basis for follow-up with the shipper.


CAD shipments are not permitted by Indian customs. The HAWB must reflect that the consignment is a "free domicile shipment".


If a shipment is not routed to the right destination, it will have to be retrieved. For example, if the destination of a shipment reads Mumbai instead of Trivandrum, it will have to be retrieved from the custody of Mumbai customs and on-forwarded to Trivandrum. In such circumstances, the following is required.
1. A letter from the shipper explaining the error and addressed to the Assistant Commissioner of Customs.
2. A letter from the origin office explaining the error and addressed to the Assistant Commissioner of Customs.
3. A letter from the consignee requesting on-forwarding of the shipment to its correct destination.
4. A letter from the origin office explaining the error and justifying it.
5. Permission from the Assistant Commissioner of Customs in the form of a "No Objections Certificate" (NOC). The commissioner responsible for a certain case passes on his/her remarks to his/her deputy, who verifies the justification before approval is granted.
6. The approval papers are then forwarded to the Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) for approval.
7. Once approval is given, warehouse charges have to be paid before a customs officer can escort the cargo to the Indian Airlines' warehouse.
8. After the cargo is handed over, it is transshipped to the correct destination as per the transshipment procedure.

Hazardous Material Definitions

If you ship or handle any hazardous type materials please make sure that you hazmat certifications are up to date.


Class A Explosives detonating or otherwise of maximum hazard.

Class B Explosives in general, function by rapid combustion rather than detonation and include some explosive devices such as special fireworks, flash powders, etc. Flammable hazard.

Class C Explosives is certain types of manufactured articles containing Class A or Class B explosives, or both, as components but in restricted quantities, and certain types of fireworks. Minimum hazard.

Combustible Liquid is any liquid having a flash point at or above 100F and below 200 F under the conditions specified in Title 49, CFR.

Compressed Gas is any material or mixture having in the container a pressure exceeding 40 psia at 70 F or 104 psia at 130 F.

Corrosive Material is any liquid or solid that causes destruction of human skin tissue or a liquid that has a severe corrosion rate on steel.

Etiologic Agent is an etiologic agent means a viable micro-organism, or its toxin, which causes or may cause human disease (Sec. 173.386 Refer to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare Regulations, Title 42, CFR).

Explosives is any chemical compound, mixture, or device the primary or common purpose of which is to function by explosion.

Flammable Gas is any compressed gas meeting the requirements for lower flammability limit, flammability limit range, flame projection, or flame propagation criteria.

Flammable Liquid is any liquid having a flash point below 100 F under the condition specified in Title 49

Flammable Solids is any solid material, other than explosive which is liable to cause fires through friction, absorption of moisture, spontaneous chemical changes, retained heat from manufacturing or processing, or which can be ignited readily and when ignited burns so vigorously and persistently as to create a serious transportation hazard.

Irritating Materials is liquid or solid substances, which, upon contact with fire or when exposed to air, give off dangerous or intensely irritating fumes, but not including any poisonous material, Class A.

Nonflammable Gas is any compressed gas other than a flammable compressed gas.

Organic Peroxide is an organic compound containing the vivalent -0-0- structure and which may be considered a derivative of hydrogen peroxide where one or more of the hydrogen atoms have been replaced by organic radicals must be classed as an organic peroxide.

ORM-A, B or C (Other Regulated Materials) Any material that does not meet the definition of a hazardous material, other than combustible liquid in packaging having a capacity of 110 gallons or less, and is specified in Sec. 172.101 as an ORM material or that possesses one or more of the characteristics described in ORM-A through D below (Sec. 173.500) Note: an ORM with a flash point of 100 F to 200 F, when transported with more than 110 gallons in one container shall be classed as a combustible liquid.

ORM-A is a material which has an anesthetic, irritating, noxious, toxic or other similar property and which can cause extreme annoyance or discomfort to passengers and crew in the event of leakage during transportation.

ORM-B is a material (including a solid when wet with water) capable of causing significant damage to a transport vehicle or vessel from leakage during transportation. Materials meeting one or both of the following criteria are ORM-B materials: (1) A liquid substance that has corrosion rate exceeding 0.250 inch per year (IPY) on aluminum (nonclad 7075-T6) at a test temperature of 130 F. An acceptable test is described in NACE Standard TM-01-69, and (2) specifically designated by name in Sec. 172.101 of the subchapter.

ORM-C is a material which has other inherent characteristics not described as an ORM-A or ORM-B but which makes it unsuitable for shipment, unless properly identified and prepared for transportation.

ORM-D is a material such as a consumer commodity which, through otherwise subject to the regulations of the subchapter, presents a limited hazard during transportation due to its form, quantity and packaging.

Oxidizer is a substance such as chlorate, permanganate, inorganic peroxide, notro carbo nitrate, or a nitrate, that yields oxygen readily to stimulate the combustion of organic matter.

Poison A is extremely dangerous poisonous gases or liquids of such nature that a very small amount, mixed with air, is dangerous to life.

Poison B is less dangerous poisons. Substances, liquids or solids (including pastes and semi-solid) other than Class A or irritating materials which are known to be so toxic to man as to afford a hazard to health during transportation, or which, in the absence of adequate data on human toxicity, are presumed to be toxic to man based on results with test animals.

Pyrophoric Liquid Any liquid which may ignite spontaneously when exposed to air the temperature of which is 55 C (130 F) or below.
Radioactive Material is any material or combination or materials, that spontaneously emits ionizing radiation and has a specific gravity greater than 0.002 microcuries per gram.


ID Code

Internal Dimensions(cms)

Tare Weight(kgs) Max Load Gross Weight(kgs)



228 x 304 x 228

265 6804

LD - 3


Top 139 x 190
Base 139 x 142
Height 152

100 1587



Top 139 x 391
Base 139 x 302
Height 152

159 3175



205 x 302 x 152

205 6033



Top 205 x 391 
Base 205 x 302
Height 152

246 6033

PLT 134 x 223


MD 121 x 208 x 213

44 1136

PLT 153 x 317


LD 147 x 302 x 160

68 3175

PLT 223 x 317


MD 208 x 302 x 238/294
LD 208 x 302 x 160

98 6804

PLT 243 x 317


MD 228 x 302 x 238/294
LD 208 x 302 x 160

100 6804

PLT 243 x 497


MD 228 x 482 x 238/294

448 11340

PLT 243 x 605


MD 228 x 589 x 238/294

533 11340
Please note there may be slight size variations for some containers, as well as limitations regarding
acceptance in certain locations.
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