Facilitation (FAL) Committee, meeting for its 42nd session, has approved a
completely revised and updated structure for its Compendium on Facilitation and
Electronic Business, including a new standard IMO reference data set, which
will be used as basis for automated and digital systems for exchange of
information when ships arrive at and depart from ports.
information data set supports mandatory reporting formalities for ships, cargo
and persons on board and can also be extended to support commercial businesses
in International Shipping.
Compendium is being completely updated in order to enable the implementation of
the revised Annex to the Facilitation Convention (FAL), which entered into
force this year and requires electronic data exchange to be implemented by all
FAL Convention Parties, by April 2019.
Work on the
revised Compendium has been led by the World Customs Organization (WCO), with
the collaboration of IMO, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
(the global focal point for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic
business standards (UN/CEFACT)) and the International Organization for
Standardisation (ISO). The working group also includes members from India, the
Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Ukraine, United States, New Zealand, the IMO Secretariat,
the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), BIMCO and the International Port
Community System Association (IPCSA).
and updated Compendium is expected to be completed over the next six months so
that it can be approved by the next Facilitation Committee session, FAL 43, in