Friday, 28 November 2014

Implementation of the Cargo Targeting System of WCO

Dear Valued Customer

This is to keep you informed that Sri Lanka customs has implemented a new manifest control system named "Cargo Targeting System" (CTS) developed by World Customs organization (WCO) from 15.05.2014.This system will provide many facilities such as Risk Management & Trade Facilitation, and also will enable information sharing with other Customs Administrations, thus WCO encourages all Customs Administrations around the world to adopt same.

This would require all shipping Lines, NVOCC and Freight forwarders to report Import cargo manifest (including transshipment cargo details) electronically not later than 72 hours prior to the arrival of the Vessel at the first port of call in Sri Lanka & the report shall contain all imports and transshipment cargo details.

In summary, the rules of the Advance Filling (CTS) on Maritime Container and B/Bulk Cargo (Including PCC) Information for Sri Lanka is as follows

1. Basic Requirements
The rule require electronic submission of information not later than seventy two (72) hours prior to the arrival at any port/s in Sri Lanka, further in the event the duration of the voyage to a port in Sri Lanka is less than seventy two (72) hours, the manifest will have to be reported before the arrival of the vessel.

2. Effective Date
As per the recent Gazette notification issued by government of Sri Lanka the implementation date will be 1st November 2014. (Nevertheless further 1 - 2 month was provided as grace period).

3. Scope of Regulations Application
The new regulation applies to all local imports and transshipment containers, B/Bulk Cargo Including PCC and Empty container/s.

Note- Also Export cargo manifest has to be reported on the departure of the Vessel from its last port of call in Sri Lanka.

4. Submission Timeline
a) 72 hours prior to the arrival of the Vessel at the first port of call in Sri Lanka and the Loading port (on the departure from the last port outside Sri Lanka).

b) All MOL agents must complete the doc lock/port pair and transfer the owner ship of all B/L details of local imports & transshipment containers which are to be discharged in Sri Lanka. 

5. Person or party obliged to file advanced manifest (CTS)
The local shipping company (MOL Lanka users)

6. Mandatory filling data/items
Full details of Shipper, consignee and notify name and address
Vessel / Voyage
Place of Receipt (Origin) / Port of loading / Port of discharge / Place of delivery
Container and seal number (PCC- Vehicles: Chassis number / Engine number)
Container size and type
Weight and measurement
Full Cargo description and 6-digit HS code (generic cargo description is not acceptable, e.g. Parts, Electrical goods, Foodstuffs, Consolidate cargo , Garments , Personal effects and Household goods Said to contain…etc.)

7. Filling methods
Filling in electronic from only via UN/EDIFACT

8. Penal provisions
The reporting is mandatory and it will be invited penalties for non-compliance

9. Supporting website