Ships Manifest Law and Legal Definition

The term ship’s manifest is written document containing a detailed list of everything that is included in the ship's cargo. A Ship’s manifest is usually signed by the captain or master of the ship and provided to the owner of the cargo as a form of receipt that acknowledges acceptance of the cargo goods. Ship’s manifest provides a detailed summary of all bills of lading issued by a carrier for a particular voyage of a particular vessel. For cargo carrying vessels, a manifest lists its consignor, consignee, number, origin, destination, value, and other such information for use by the customs authorities. Whereas in the case of a passenger vessel, the manifest lists their names, port of embarkation, port of disembarkation, etc., for use by the immigration authorities.