From 1 January 2011, all cargo entering the European Union will require that an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) is submitted at least 24 hours prior to loading. The primary purpose is to risk assess cargo before it arrives in the EU.
All 27 countries that are members of the European Union will implement the new cargo Advanced Manifest Rule. Similar to the US, Canada and China’s 24-hour rules, cargo manifest data must be submitted electronically to customs in an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) at least 24 hours prior to loading the cargo on a vessel bound for the European Union.
Customs will use the data to perform risk-based controls primarily for safety and security purposes. If any risks are identified, customs might instruct for the cargo to be not loaded or request for the cargo to be placed on hold at entry or discharge port.
In order to allow sufficient time for Maersk Line to update bill of lading details and to lodge the ENS, customers will have to comply with advanced Shipping Instruction (SI) deadlines.
Shipping Instructions must include the elements required by the EU for ENS submission.
In case of non-compliance, loading or unloading may be delayed or prohibited and fines will be levied, resulting in cost and inconvenience for both Maersk Line and customers.
In order to prepare for full compliance, Maersk Line has been in close dialogue with customs in different EU countries. It has helped us to clearly understand the procedures that will be in place. With this we are able to ensure that our internal processes and systems are aligned with their systems and functional requirements.
”We have been conducting real time test runs and pilots in different EU countries since the last couple of weeks. This is helping us to identify possible challenges and to resolve them proactively before rule’s implementation date,” said Jorgen T. Schmidt, head of regulatory issues, Maersk Line.
We have equipped the sales and customer service departments with the relevant information and they will be able to assist, guide and support customers throughout the implementation.
Besides, additional information such as a quick reference guide has been made available on
» maerskline.com and this is being regularly updated.