EU 24 Hour Rule & Guidelines, Acceptable/Non-Acceptable Cargo Descriptions
EU Regulation 1875/2006 (ENS)
ACL Shipping Instructions Submission Cut-Offs
The European Union (EU) has promulgated new advance cargo security rules that
are scheduled to take effect for all vessel voyages that begin after midnight
December 31, 2010. These rules establish for containerized shipments a European
"24 Hour Rule" similar to those established in other jurisdictions, e.g., the
U.S., Canada and the People's Republic of China.
The European 24 Hour Rule requires that the ocean carrier file with the relevant
national Customs authority in the EU an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) for
all shipments that will be carried on a vessel that will call one or more ports
in the EU.
The EU rules require that the ENS must be filed no later than 24 hours before
commencement of vessel loading in each foreign (i.e., non-EU) port on the vessel
An ENS is required irrespective of the final destination of each individual
shipment on a vessel arriving in the EU. This means that an ENS is required
- Imported into the EU
- Discharged in an EU port for transit by rail or truck to a non-EU destination
- Transshipped in an EU port for loading on to another vessel for carriage
to a non-EU destination
- Remaining on board the vessel (FROB) during ports of call in the EU with
a destination outside the EU.
The EU rules prescribes the data elements that must be included in the ENS.
An incomplete ENS will be rejected by the Customs authorities. A shipment for
which an ENS has not been filed and accepted by Customs may not be loaded. In
other words -- the EU 24 Hour Rule applies a "no documentation - no load" requirement.
Penalties and delay of the vessel and shipments carried may result in case of
breach of this requirement. ACL will apply this "no documentation- no load"