The World Shipping Council met with U.S.-based shipper and forwarder trade associations Thursday to explain the European Union’s new customs cargo security filing requirements, which are scheduled to enter into force on January 1, 2011.
The new European rules will require the documentation of containerized cargo shipments that will arrive in European ports to be electronically filed with European customs authorities no later than 24 hours before vessel loading.
“All shippers and exporters, whose goods arrive in the European Union for importation or transshipment or simply to stay on board the vessel en route to another destination, will be affected,” said Chris Koch, WSC president and CEO.
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The WSC decided to begin outreach efforts outside of Europe by meeting with these U.S. organizations that collectively represent thousands of businesses engaged in European commerce.
“While carriers are aware of and preparing for these new filing requirements, it is important that shippers and forwarders around the world understand that they too will have to adjust their business processes in order to ensure compliance with the new rules,” Koch said.
He said all shippers and forwarders will have to make changes under these new rules, much like the process changes they initiated when the U.S. implemented its 24-Hour Rule.
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