The European Union will strictly enforce new customs regulations aimed at tightening security on goods moving through ports. Noncompliant shippers will face fines and penalties, and cargoes could be stranded on the dock.
The advanced manifest rule, which required cargo information to be filed 24 hours before shipment, was enacted Jan. 1, but the EU gave shippers time to get accustomed to the new regulations and had not strictly enforced the new rule until now.
Under the regulation, carriers must submit an Entry Summary Declaration, or ENS, to the first port of call in the EU at least 24 hours before cargo is loaded on a ship sailing to the 27-nation bloc from a non-EU port.
Compliance with the ENS, which mirrors the 24-hour rule in the U.S., will help to ensure security risk assessments are performed before goods enter the EU.
An ENS is also required for freight remaining on board a ship and destined for a non-EU port, transshipment cargo to and from non-EU ports, and all transit cargo for both EU and non-EU final destinations.
For short-sea shipments, an ENS must be filed two hours before cargo arrives at an EU port.
Carriers have been issuing last-minute warnings to customers of the EU’s get-tough stance on the advanced manifest rule.
“We would like to emphasize to our customers the importance of submitting TDIs (Transport Document Instructions) in accordance with the EU customs requirements and also in accordance with the deadlines established by Maersk Line offices locally,” Maersk Line said.
The carrier said shippers will be responsible for any delay or fines arising because of commodity descriptions.
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