The EU Customs advanced manifest rule aims to ensure that security risk assessment is performed before any goods enter the European Union (EU).
Effective January the 1st 2011 for goods entering the customs territory of the European Union, pre-arrival declarations must be lodged electronically by –in the case of shipping lines- by the carrier and within the timelines established by the European Customs authorities.
Rule will apply to all 27 » EU member states.
Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) One of the main components of the rule is a requirement for ocean carriers to submit in advanced the cargo declaration, called Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) and at which appropriate risk-based controls, primarily for safety and security purposed will be performed.
ENS must be submitted in accordance to the deadlines established by the EU customs:
a) For deep sea shipments: 24 hours before cargo is laden onboard the vessel that will enter the EU
b) For short sea shipments: 2 hrs before vessel arrival to an EU port
c) For break bulk cargo: 4 hours before vessel arrival to an EU port
To comply with this rule, shippers are required to submit complete and accurate shipping instructions to the carrier within the established cut off times set up by each local Maersk Line office.
Shipping instructions must include all data elements required for ENS submission (see link below for list of required data elements).
ENS filing by 3rd parties
In Maersk Line we want to assist our customers to the best extent possible throughout the implementation of this rule, therefore Maersk Line will file the ENS for all our customers with the relevant EU customs even though 3rd parties are allowed to file the ENS themselves.
Customs will electronically let Maersk Line know if there are any risks identified with cargo scheduled to enter the EU. There are 3 risk types established by EU customs:
Risk Type A: do not load
Maersk Line will not be allowed to load any container which has not been approved by EU customs for loading
Risk type B: hold at entry port
Risk type C: hold at discharge port
These 2 risk types mean that customs will most likely inspect cargo either at EU entry port or at discharge in an EU port
Should you have any further questions regarding this rule, please visit our » EU Customs advanced manifest rule page on » www.maerskline.com or contact your local Maersk Line representative.
Relevant links Please refer to the below links for further details on the EU advanced manifest rule: