Electronic information exchange for ports now mandatory

A new mandatory requirement for national governments to introduce digital information sharing between ships and ports came into effect yesterday.

“The aim is to make cross-border trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient, for the more than 10 billion tons of goods which are traded by sea annually across the globe,” said International Maritime Organisation (IMO) cecretary-general Kitack Lim.

The requirement, set out by the IMO’s Convention of Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic ((FAL Convention), encourages the use of a single window for data, to enable all the information required by public authorities in connection with the arrival, stay and departure of ships, persons and cargo, to be submitted via a single portal, without duplication.  

IMO secretary general Kitack Lim said this was an active step taken by the maritime industry towards formalising digital operations.

Lim added that this would reduce the “administrative burden and increase the efficiency of maritime trade and transport”.

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