Wallenius Wilhelmsen has successfully implemented the necessary electronic interfaces with the Customs Authorities in the various EU Member States and established procedures to ensure compliance with the new EU Advance Cargo Security Rules.

The European 24 Hour Rule requires that the ocean carrier file with the relevant national Customs authority in the EU an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) for all shipments that will be carried on a vessel that will call one or more ports in the European Union.

The new process to comply with the EU Advance Cargo Security Rules:

  • Customers provide the accurate data for ENS (Entry Summary Declaration) in Shipping Instructions.
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen creates and sends the ENS data to the customs of the first EU port of arrival electronically, no later than 24 hours before commencement of vessel loading for container shipments in each foreign (i.e., non-EU) port on the vessel schedule and no later than 4 hours before arrival in the 1st port of first entry of the Community for break bulk and ro-ro cargo.
  • The customs of first entry port validates the ENS and notifies WWL of the MRN (Movement Reference Number) against each Bill of Lading. Customs perform the security and risk analysis, sharing the result with the rest of the EU ports in the vessel schedule. 

You provide the information - we do the work

Wallenius Wilhelmsen performs this service for all customers who need to file an ENS. The data elements required to be included in the ENS are taken from our master Bill of Lading (B/L), which is issued on the basis of information provided by the customer at the time of booking and completed by the shipping instructions as received from each of our shipper customers.

The EU rules prescribes the data elements that must be included in the ENS. An incomplete ENS will be rejected by the Customs authorities. A container shipment for which an ENS has not been filed and accepted by Customs may not be loaded. In other words -- the EU 24 Hour Rule applies a "no documentation - no load" requirement for container cargo.

Penalties and delay of the vessel and shipments carried may result in case of breach of this requirement.

The most efficient way for you as a customer to reduce the likelihood of European Customs authorities issuing "Do Not Load" requests or holding cargo after discharge is to ensure that the shipping instructions are:

  • Provided in due time and at the latest by our documentary cut-off
  • Complete
  • Accurate

Wallenius Wilhelmsen applies this "no documentation - no load" requirement for container shipments loaded on vessels calling an EU port. 

Necessary information for the ENS

The data elements we need to receive as part of the shipping instructions for inclusion in the ENS are:

  • Full name and address of Shipper
  • Full name and address of Consignee
  • Full name and address of Notify Party (mandatory for "To Order" B/L)
  • 4 digit HS code minimum, but 6 digit HS Code is recommended
  • Code for the type of packages if cargo is packed
  • Number of packages
  • Shipping marks for packaged goods (not necessary for containerized goods)
  • Container and seal number as applicable
  • Gross cargo mass (in kilograms)
  • UN code for dangerous goods 

We include both a plain language cargo description and the HS codes in the ENS. This is because several EU Member States have stated that they will not accept cargo descriptions in English but will require that cargo descriptions be translated into their national languages, thus imposing an additional reporting burden on ocean carriers and their shipper customers. Use of the HS codes will address this issue. Also the EU rules - currently, at least - only require 4 digit HS codes. In future and as from mid June 2013 at the latest, the HS codes will be required at the 6 digit level

For further information, please contact your local Customer Service representative.