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EU 24-hour security rule
A brief update to all Exporters to the EU for the European 24-hour advanced manifest rule to be enforced from 1st January 2011 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. The provision has been in force since 1 July 2009 but until 31 December 2010 but while this advance declaration remained an option for traders till now, it will be an obligation from 01st January 2011.

In brief


The European commission has a vision to provide fully electronic customs on a level playing field across the European Union. Import Control System (ICS) Phase 1 introduces the requirement for electronic pre-arrival information to be provided to the customs authorities on all goods entering or passing through the customs territory of the Union. The information will be submitted to the relevant customs administration via an electronic Entry Summary Declaration (ENS).

The UK has informed the commission that it intends to implement ICS Phase 1 on 1 December 2010 before the final, legal transition deadline of 1 January 2011 from when it will be mandatory for traders to provide customs authorities with advance information in the form of an ENS for all goods brought into the customs territory of the EU.


For all cargo entering the EU, the shipping lines 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.

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 at least 24 hours before cargo is laden aboard.

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: Further updates will be posted when available but alternatively please contact us so that we can provide guidance as necessary.