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Electronic info exchange must for ports from 8 Apr: IMO

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Apr '19
Pic: International Maritime Organization
Pic: International Maritime Organization
A mandatory requirement of the International Maritime Convention (IMO) for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports became effective beginning 8 April. The aim is to make cross-border trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient for the more than 10 billion tonnes of goods annually traded by sea.

London-based IMO is the United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of pollution by ships.

The requirement, mandatory under IMO's Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention), is part of a package of amendments under the revised Annex to the FAL Convention, adopted in 2016.

"The new FAL Convention requirement for all Public Authorities to establish systems for the electronic exchange of information related to maritime transport marks a significant move in the maritime industry and ports towards a digital maritime world, reducing the administrative burden and increasing the efficiency of maritime trade and transport," said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

The FAL Convention encourages 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.

The IMO's Facilitation Committee met for its 43rd session from 8 to 12 April.

The main objective of the FAL Convention, adopted in 1965, is to achieve the most efficient maritime transport as possible, looking for smooth transit in ports of ships, cargo and passengers.

The FAL Convention, which has 121 contracting governments, contains standards and recommended practices and rules for simplifying formalities, documentary requirements and procedures on ships' arrival, stay and departure. (DS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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