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FIATA News: EU 24-hour security rule

Friday, September 10, 2010

EU 24-hour security rule

Exporters to the EU should be gearing up for the European 24-hour advanced manifest rule to be enforced from 31 December 2010 in all 27 EU member states.

As with the US 24-hour rule, the primary purpose of the new regulation is to ensure that a security risk analysis is performed on all goods before they arrive in the EU. Norway and Switzerland have the same status as EU member states. The provision has been in force since 1 July 2009 but until 31 December 2010 this advance declaration remains an option for traders and not an obligation.

For all cargo entering the EU, the shipping line must submit an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) to the vessel’s first port of call in the EU. For a vessel which is bound for an EU port, the ENS transmission must be carried out no later than 24 hours prior to the commencement of vessel loading in the non-EU load port.

For "short sea" shipments, the ENS transmission must be carried out no later than two hours before arrival of the vessel at the first port of entry in the EU.

In order to comply with the deadlines set by the EU customs authorities, shipping lines will need shippers to submit complete and accurate customs declaration information and shipping instructions – well within time. While a third party may submit their own ENS, this can only be done with the prior knowledge. Indeed, a written consent from the shipping line is most likely to be required when a freight forwarder wants to file the ENS.

In case of non-compliance, the most serious consequence would be halting of loading or unloading and the consequent disruption of cargo flows and supply chains. Furthermore, customs authorities will impose fines or other penalties on the carriers and other parties responsible for the submission of cargo declarations.

More information about the EU advanced manifest rule is available at

FIATA bodies will discuss this important topic during the FIATA World Congress in Bangkok (Oct. 4--8, 2010).