Fal Convention (2017 Edition) (KD350E) (eBook)

Published Date

January 2018

Fal Convention (2017 Edition) (KD350E) (eBook)

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This consolidated edition of the FAL Convention includes amendments adopted at the 40th session of the FAL Committee, which entered into force on 1st January 2018.

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This publication reproduces the FAL Convention and incorporates all recent amendments. As well as the articles of the Convention, it includes annexes that cover topics such as public health and quarantine, stowaways and arrival, stay and departure of ships.


Appendices provide additional information on facilitation requirements including IMO FAL Forms, arrival and departure of persons and IMDG Code amendment 38-16, chapter 5.4 on Documentation.



Articles of the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic



Section 1 – Definitions and general provisions

Section 2 – Arrival, stay and departure of the ship

Section 3 – Arrival and departure of persons

Section 4 – Stowaways

Section 5 – Arrival, stay and departure of cargo and other articles

Section 6 – Public health and quarantine, including sanitary measures for animals and plants

Section 7 – Miscellaneous provisions


Additional information on facilitation requirements

Appendix 1 – IMO FAL Forms

Appendix 2 – Arrival and departure of persons

Appendix 3 – Form of stowaway details referred to in Recommended Practice 4.6.2

Appendix 4 – IM DG Code, amendment 38-16, chapter 5.4 on Documentation



The Convention on the Facilitation of Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) was adopted by the International Conference on Facilitation of Maritime Travel and Transport on 9 April 1965. It entered into force on 5 March 1967.


The purpose of this Convention is to facilitate maritime transport by simplifying and minimizing the formalities, documentary requirements and procedures associated with the arrival, stay and departure of ships engaged on international voyages. It was originally developed to meet growing international concern about excessive documents required for merchant shipping. Traditionally, large numbers of documents are required by customs, immigration, health and other public authorities pertaining to the ship, its crew and passengers, baggage, cargo and mail. Unnecessary paperwork is a problem in most industries, but the potential for red tape is probably greater in shipping than in other industries, because of its international nature and the traditional acceptance of formalities and procedures.


The Convention emphasizes the importance of facilitating maritime traffic and demonstrates why authorities and operators concerned with documents should adopt the standardized documentation system developed by IMO and recommended by its Assembly for world-wide use. Contracting Parties to the Convention undertake to bring about uniformity and simplicity in the facilitation of international maritime traffic.


The Annex to the Convention contains rules for simplifying formalities, documentary requirements and procedures on the arrival and departure of ships and, in particular, it reduces to twelve the number of documents which can be required by public authorities. These are the General Declaration, Cargo Declaration, Ship’s Stores Declaration, Crew’s Effects Declaration, Crew List, Passenger List, Dangerous Goods Manifest, Security-related information as required under SOLAS regulation XI-2/9.2.2, Advance electronic cargo information for customs risk assessment purposes, and Advanced Notification Form for Waste Delivery to Port Reception Facilities (when communicated to the Organization) as well as two documents required under the Universal Postal Convention and the International Health Regulations. IMO has developed standardized forms for the first seven of these.


As a further aid to compliance, the Annex to this Convention contains “Standards” and “Recommended Practices” on formalities, documentary requirements and procedures which should be applied on arrival, during their stay, and on departure to the ships, their crews, passengers, baggage and cargo.

As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: Fal Convention (2017 Edition) (KD350E) (eBook)
Product Code: MM1447EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280116793, ISBN 10: 9280116797
Published Date: January 2018
Author: IMO

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