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IMO launches online tool to assist vessel reporting

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed a new free online tool for software developers to create systems for exchanging the relevant data electronically.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} The tool aims to streamline the many administrative procedures necessary when ships enter or leave port. The IMO Compendium is a reference manual containing data sets and the structure and relationships between them, that will enable the IMO Member States to fulfil a mandatory obligation (in place since April 2019) for the reporting formalities for ships, cargo and people onboard international shipping to be carried out electronically and in a harmonised way.

The overall aim is to help make cross-border trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient, for the more than 10 billion tons of goods which are traded by sea annually across the globe.

Other organisations dealing with electronic data exchange in maritime transport include the World Customs Organization, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the International Standards Organization, which have aligned their own data structures with the IMO Compendium to promote harmonisation.

Click here to access the new, free IMO Compendium online. {/mprestriction}

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