CSAV Group would like to inform our valued customers about the EU requirements for inbound cargo on vessels destined to and via the European Union which will come effective as from December 31st 2010.
Basically this regulation provides that the ocean carrier will be responsible for timely submission of the Entry Summary Declaration (ENS), based on the information supplied by the respective shipper and carrier’s customers, as set out in the master B/L within the following timings:
- At least 24 hours prior to the start of the loading in each foreign load port for long-haul (Deep Sea).
- At least 2 hours prior to vessels arrival at the first EU port for short sea cargoes with less than 24 hours of transit time (Short Sea).
The regulation is applicable to all import cargo bound or via (in transit) any EU Port, as well as FROB cargo (Foreign Cargo Remaining on Board), i.e. cargo which is discharged in a port outside the EU after the vessel has called at an EU port.
To comply with this regulation, we as carriers will require complete and accurate shipping instructions from our customers well in advanced before the shipping instruction closing time, which will be the same as currently applied for other Advance Manifest requiring countries, such as USA, Canada or Mexico. The information to be supplied by the customer will be indicated in the booking confirmation, in due course.
The mandatory data elements for an Entry Summary Declaration which must be included in your shipping instructions are:
- Full name and address of shipper and consignee.
- Full name and address of notify party where goods are carried under a negotiable “to order” B/L.
- Container number.
- Acceptable goods description. General descriptions such as “consolidated cargo” or “general cargo” will not be accepted.
- 4 digit HS code for each goods item.
- Number and type of packages.
- Cargo gross weight.
- UN dangerous goods code where applicable.
- Seal number.
- Method of payment for transport charges in case of prepaid, for example “cash payment”, “check payment”, “electronic credit transfer”, etc.
The ENS will be submitted to the Customs Office of first entry (the first port of call in the EU), this office will carry out a security risk assessment and in case a risk has been assessed we would be notified. Possible risk types as follows:
- Risk Type A = do not load (not applicable in Short Sea traffic).
- Risk Type B = interception of a suspicious shipment at the first port of entry.
- Risk Type C = interception of a suspicious shipment at the port of discharge.
- Risk Type O = no risk detected.
For further information, please contact your local commercial agent and visit following links with detailed information on this matter:
EU webpage info on Imports:
EU Member States:
EU Guidelines on acceptable and unacceptable cargo description:
We thank in advance the cooperation from our valued customers in order to fulfill this new regulation.