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New EU Shipper Rules ‘Could Reveal Confidential Data’

(Mike King – Lloyd’s Loading List)

European Commission amendments to EU advance cargo data reporting requirements scheduled for adoption later this year need further clarification, according to the World Shipping Council, which along with shipper and forwarder representatives is opposing the Commission’s proposals in their current form.

The Commission is now in the final stages of completing its proposals for advance cargo data reporting requirements as part of the implementation of the new Union Customs Code which is scheduled to be adopted in May and could then take effect as early as May 1, 2016. But the WSC claims that the Commission’s efforts to find a short-cut way of obtaining the identity of the ‘buyer’ and ‘seller’ of the imported goods before vessel loading could lead to the disclosure of sensitive business information. Click here to read more.