The EU Customs advanced manifest rule aims to ensure that security risk assessment is performed before any imported goods arrive and enter the European Union (EU). This rule will be enforced from 1 January 2011 and applies to all 27 » EU member states.
Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) A main component of the rule is a requirement for ocean carriers to submit cargo declaration, called Entry Summary Declaration or ENS, 24 hours before cargo is laden aboard a vessel that will enter the EU.
To comply with this rule, shippers are required to submit complete and accurate shipping instructions (SI) to the carrier at least 48 hours prior CY cut-off at the export load port. Shipping instructions must include all data elements required for ENS submission (see link below for list of required data elements). Carriers are then responsible for the timely electronic submission of the ENS with EU customs.
In case of non-compliance, the most serious consequence would be halting of cargo loading or unloading and the consequent disruption of cargo flows and supply chains. Furthermore, customs authorities will impose fines or other penalties on carriers and other parties responsible for the submission of cargo declarations.
How will Maersk Line help you? Maersk Line aims to assist you throughout the implementation of this rule with minimal impact to your business. We are preparing for the implementation by ensuring that relevant processes are in place as well as our systems are ready to cater with this requirement. Preparations include:
Working closely with EU customs – We have extensive experience in working with EU customs and thus we receive accurate and timely information with regards to the implementation.
Test runs and pilots - We have already initiated real-time test runs and pilots in different EU countries. This simulates the conditions during actual implementation of the rule; therefore any issues that may arise can be resolved prior to the rule’s official effective date.
Training for Maersk Line teams – We ensure our employees are informed and trained throughout the roll-out of this rule to provide you with any support or assistance you may require.