Delivery of import manifest in respect of a vessel
43. (1) The Board may, by notification in the official Gazette, fix a place in any river or port beyond which no vessel arriving shall pass until an import manifest has been delivered to the pilot, [officer of Customs, or other person duly authorised to receive the same, or as the case may be, until the manifest has been transmitted to the Customs computer system by a registered user.]
(2) If in any river or port wherein a place has been fixed by the Board under this section, the master of any vessel arriving remains outside or below the place so fixed, such master shall, nevertheless, within twenty-four hours after the vessel anchors, deliver an import manifest to the pilot, officer of Customs or other person duly authorised to receive the same.
(3) If any vessel arrives at any customs-port in which a place has not been so fixed, the master of such vessel shall, within twenty-four hours after such vessel has anchored within the limits of the port, deliver an import manifest to the pilot, officer of Customs or other person authorised to receive the same [:
Provided that if an officer not below the rank of [Revenue Officer] is satisfied that the master of the vessel was prevented by circumstances beyond his control from delivering the import manifest within twenty-four hours after the vessel anchored outside or below the place fixed by the Board under sub-section (1), allow it to be delivered within a further period of twenty-four hours or immediately after the first lighter vessel takes berth, whichever is earlier.]
(4) Notwithstanding anything hereinbefore contained, the appropriate officer may allow an import manifest to be delivered in anticipation of the arrival of a vessel.
[(5) The Board may, by notification in the official gazette, specify the procedures for submitting a complete electronic import manifest by the master of the vessel or his authorized agent prior to the departure of the vessel from the last port of call.]