Is the E.U. capable to overcome the remits of custom formalities in ports?

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ECSA and the World Shipping Council (WSC) welcome the adoption of a general approach on a proposal to bring together all reporting formalities associated with a port call, under a system called a European maritime single window, which is expected to increase efficiency of maritime operations by ensuring reporting procedures are the same for all port calls, aiming to boost competitiveness of the maritime sector in the long-run.

The regulation is part of the Mobility Package III which the European Commission adopted in May 2018. The European maritime single window environment aims to address the issue of numerous, non-harmonised reporting obligations by linking the existing national maritime single windows together in a coordinated and harmonised way. The reform will improve interoperability between various systems, making it much easier to share and reuse data.

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John Butler, CEO and President of the World Shipping Council, stated: “The shipping industry is looking to the EU Institutions to deliver a European Maritime Single Window environment that remedies the deficiencies and costs that arose from the original Directive and its lack of a common blueprint for implementation by Member States”