FAL Convention revision approved

03 Oct 2014

The Facilitation Committee (FAL) has approved a revised annex to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), 1965, that will introduce the mandatory electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers.

The FAL Convention includes, in its annex, 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.

Key proposed changes in the revised Annex include the introduction of a new standard relating to the obligation of public authorities to establish systems for the electronic exchange of information, within three years after the adoption of the amendments.

A further recommended practice encourages the use of the ‘single window’ concept to enable all the information required by public authorities in connection with the arrival, stay and departure of vessels, persons and cargo, to be submitted without duplication.

Other revised standards cover shore leave and access to shore-side facilities for crew, while standards and recommended practices relating to stowaways are also updated. A new standard requires governments, where appropriate, to incorporate into their national legislation legal grounds to allow prosecution of stowaways, attempted stowaways and any individual or company aiding stowaway.

The IMO Standardised Forms (FAL forms) will be updated.

The new revised annex could enter into force 15 months after adoption.

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