For effective maritime E-business, data models are necessary and they
must be transferrable between automated systems. . Such systems will be key to
implementing IMO’s Facilitation Convention requirements on electronic data exchange from April 2019.
According to a release, IMO
participated in the World Customs Organization (WCO) Data Model Project Team
meeting (22-26 January) in Brussels, to receive updates on the latest work by
the WCO. The WCO Data Model supports the implementation of a “single window”
for electronic data exchange, as it allows the reporting of information to all
government agencies through the unique way it organizes regulatory information.
IMO, WCO, UN/CEFACT, ISO and other stakeholders also participated in a dedicated focus
group on the revision of the IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic
Business, which provides guidance and standardised forms for electronic
exchange of information on cargo, passengers and crew, for ships, carriers,
port authorities, customs, terminals, consignees and other parties in the
supply chain. The Focus Group refined the contents of the draft revised
Compendium, identified new issues to be addressed and discussed additional
coding possibilities. The Focus Group also identified some data elements
related to the electronic transmission of data that should be included in the
updated IMO Compendium. An update on progress with the revision will be
presented to the next session of IMO’s Facilitation Committee in June 2018.
Under a partnership agreement between IMO and WCO, WCO has
responsibility for the technical maintenance of the Compendium, including
liaison with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the
global focal point for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic
business standards (UN/EDIFACT).
IMO’s Julian Abril attended the Data Model Project Team meeting and the
Focus Group on the IMO Compendium, concludes the official statement.