Revised IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business (KA360E) (eBook)

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May 2014

Revised IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business (KA360E) (eBook)

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This edition of the Revised IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business was adopted at the thirty-eighth session of the FAL Committee and supersedes the 2001 edition.

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This edition contains the UN/EDIFACT codes for the FAL Forms established in the FAL Convention, as well as for reporting security related information prior to the entry of a ship into port.

Chapter 1        General
Section 1         General Description

                        1.1       Information flows

                        1.2       Documentary requirements

                        1.3       Electronic business

                        1.4       Electronic data interchange techniques and the IMO FAL Convention

Section 2         Recommendation on FAL Forms in Electronic Format

                        2.1       FAL Form 1 – IMO General Declaration

                        2.2       IMO General Declaration (annotated with cross-references to  UN/EDIFACT data codes)

                        2.3       Message implementation guideline for CUSREP

                        2.4       FAL Form 1 CUSREP mapping table

Chapter 2        IMO Cargo Declaration

                        2.1       FAL Form 2 – IMO Cargo Declaration

                        2.2       IMO Cargo Declaration (on arrival – annotated with UN/EDIFACT data codes)

                        2.3       Message implementation guideline for CUSCAR (on arrival)

                        2.4       FAL Form 2 – CUSCAR (on arrival) mapping table

                        2.5       IMO Cargo Declaration (on departure – annotated with UN/EDIFACT data codes)

                        2.6       Message implementation guideline for CUSCAR (on departure)

                        2.7       FAL Form 2 – CUSCAR (on departure) mapping table

Chapter 3        IMO Ship’s Stores Declaration

                        3.1       FAL Form 3 – IMO ship’s stores declaration

                        3.2       IMO Ship’s Stores Declaration (option 1 – INVRPT)

                        3.3       IMO Ship’s Stores Declaration (option 2 – CUSCAR)

Chapter 4        IMO Crew’s Effects Declaration

                        4.1       FAL Form 4 – IMO Crew’s Effects Declaration

                        4.2       IMO Crew’s Effect Declaration (annotated with UN/EDIFACT data codes)

                        4.3       Message Implementation guideline for crew’s effects declaration by  using PAXLST

                        4.4       FAL Form 4 – PAXLST mapping table
Chapter 5        IMO Crew List

                        5.1       FAL Form 5 – IMO Crew List

                        5.2       IMO Crew List (PAXLST – annotated with UN/EDIFACT data codes)

                        5.3       Message implementation guideline for crew list by using PAXLST

                        5.4       FAL Form 5 (including Form 4) vs PAXLST mapping table
Chapter 6        IMO Passenger List

                        6.1       FAL Form 6 – IMO Passenger List

                        6.2       IMO Passenger List (PAXLST – annotated with UN/EDIFACT data codes)

                        6.3       Message implementation guideline for passenger list (PAXLST)

                        6.4       FAL Form 6 – PAXLST mapping list

Chapter 7        IMO Dangerous Goods Manifest

                        7.1       FAL Form 7 – Dangerous Goods Manifest

                        7.2       IFTDGN principles

                        7.3       IMO Dangerous Goods Manifest (IFTDGN – annotated with UN/EDIFACT data codes)

                        7.4       Message implementation guideline for IFTDGN

                        7.5       FAL Form 7 – IFTDGN mapping table


Annex 1           Definitions for data in FAL forms and conduct of electronic business

Annex 2           List of UN/ECE recommendations

Annex 3           Reporting ship’s security related information

The IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business was approved by the Facilitation Committee at its twenty-eighth session (30th October to 3rd November 2000) and was then circulated to IMO Member States as FAL.5/Circ.15.


The Compendium was kept under review and the Facilitation Committee, at its thirty-eighth session (8th to 12th April 2013), approved the Revised IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business, and circulated it as FAL.5/Circ.40.


By means of this revised compendium, the Facilitation Committee encourages the use of modern information and communication technology and, in particular, electronic exchange of information, including Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), to transmit information related to maritime transport.


In order to achieve this objective, the information contained in the standardized forms of the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic, 1965, as amended (FAL forms) has been formatted using the appropriate standard codes found in the directories of the United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administrations, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT).


The principal focus of this publication is to facilitate national and international maritime transactions through the simplification and harmonization of processes of electronic business, procedures and information flows, contributing to the growth of electronic information exchange in maritime transport.

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. IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: Revised IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business (KA360E) (eBook)
Product Code: MM1387EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280115475, ISBN 10: 9280115472
Published Date: May 2014
Author: IMO

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