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January 10, 2018

IMO will require governments to use EDI for information relating to maritime transport

Amendments to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) will bring in a new requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange, including electronic data interchange (EDI), to transmit information related to maritime transport.

This should be in place by April 8, 2019, with provision for a transitional period of at least 12 months during which paper and electronic documents would be allowed.

Use of a "single window" for data is encouraged, 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.

In addition, a number of standard forms, standards and recommended practices relating to stowaways have been updated.

The FAL Convention has 118 contracting States.

The FAL Convention, first adopted in 1965, aims to harmonize procedures for ship's arrival, stay and departure from port. It includes mandatory "Standards" and "Recommended Practices" on formalities, documentary requirements and procedures which should be applied on arrival, stay and departure to the ship itself, and to its crew, passengers, baggage and cargo.

Source: IMO