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European customs advanced manifest rule - SEAFREIGHT
EU regulation 1875/2006 – Entry summary declaration (ENS)

The European customs advanced manifest rule will be enforced from the 31st of December 2010 and apply to all 27 EU member states. The primary purpose of this regulation is to ensure security risk assessment is performed before goods arrive in the EU.

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.

Scope of the rule

Entry Summary declaration (ENS):

  • For all cargo entering the EU, all Shipping Lines must submit an Entry summary declaration (ENS) to the first port of call in the EU
  • at least 24 hours before cargo is loaded onto the vessel bound for the EU
  • at the non-EU port of loading.
An ENS is required for:

  • Goods to be imported in to the EU – i.e. discharge of goods at first or subsequent EU ports.
  • Freight Remaining on Board (FROB) for non-EU destinations.
  • Transhipment cargo to EU or non-EU ports.
  • All transit cargo for both EU and non-EU final destinations.
Shipping Lines are responsible for the timely electronic lodgement of the relevant entry summary declarations with customs. In order to comply with the deadlines set by customs, the Lines will require that shippers submit complete and accurate Shipping instructions (SI) and customs declaration information - well within time.
Cut-off times for receiving this information will be provided on this site in due time.

The following ENS data elements are required in the shipping instructions:

  • Bill of lading number
  • Shipper and Consignee name and address (EORI number, if available)
  • Notify party (Mandatory if Consignee is "To order"; EORI number, if available)
  • Acceptable goods description
  • 4 digit HS commodity code
  • Package type
  • Number of packages
  • Container number
  • Gross mass (kg)
  • UN code for dangerous goods
  • Seal number
  • Transport charges method of payment code (e.g. cash, credit card; to be provided only where available)
Note: For "short sea" shipments, the ENS has to be lodged two hours before arrival in the EU.