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REGULATION ALERT

Wilhelmsen Ships Service offers assistance to all ship operators affected by new EU Cargo Declaration rule

The new European Advance Cargo Declaration takes effect 1 January 2011, requiring all carriers to pre-alert customs authorities of goods going in and/or out of the EU, Switzerland and Norway by providing an Advance Cargo Declaration (ACD).

Following the terrorist attack of 9/11, this new rule based on the "U.S. 24 hour rules", is set to protect EU Member States with improved control of moving goods. The rules apply to all imported and exported cargo from the EU. While the American ACD is made through a single electronic portal when entering U.S. waters, the EU ACD must be filed through the Import Control System (ICS) which is individually adopted by all EU member states. This requires all Shipping companies to set up computer systems connecting them with the computer systems of the multiple customs offices within EU. Carriers failing to comply will run the risk of being penalised by individual Member States in accordance with their national legislation.

"Wilhelmsen Ships Service has done a customer impact analysis of the European ACD ruling and all our customers can rest assure that we have the systems and dedicated teams in place to make sure they are fully compliant with this regime," explains Frederic Fontarosa, Business Director Ships Agency and Bunkers for Wilhelmsen Ships Service. "With the new Ships Agency Re-Defined offer, our customers have learnt to expect premium agency services from us. We have the expertise and processes not only to ensure that our customers are compliant at all times, but we also help them improve their operational efficiency. Basically we offer peace of mind at a predictable price".

For more information on the new regulation, please visit: www.ecsa.eu/publications/101.pdf


2010-12-23

Please see Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) company electronic office

For further information, contact:
Ole Jakob Ytterdal
Head of Communications
Wilhelmsen Ships Service
Tel: +47 67 58 40 00
Mobile: +47 97 08 83 62
ole.j.ytterdal@wilhelmsen.com

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is part of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, a Wilh. Wilhelmsen group company. It has the world’s largest maritime services network, with 4,500 marine professionals servicing 2,200 ports in 125 countries.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies safety products and services, Unitor products, Unicool refrigerants, Unitor and Nalfleet marine chemicals, maritime logistics and ships agency to the maritime industry. Last year the company made product deliveries to 25,000 vessels and handled 70, 000 port calls.

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