Initiative 2.1: Introduction of the Spanish electronic T2L for Ro-Ro traffic at Valenciaport
- Pilot action proposed:
Promoting the use of the electronic T2L procedure
- Stakeholders involved:
Port Authority of Valencia
- Subject matter: What?
Introduce electronic T2L procedures in the Ro-Ro traffic. Maritime Ro-Ro traffic is a strategic transport asset in the Mediterranean. Almost all ports in the Mediterranean are operating this kind of traffic. However, in some particular ports there exist specific issues in simplifying the Customs control procedures required for these goods movements.
- Purpose: Why?
A full implementation of the electronic T2L solution by all economic operators in all Member States will provide exponential benefits in the Mediterranean area allowing a seamless flow of goods by sea in the region.
The European Single Market is based on a Customs Union offering free movement of goods, services, people and capital. Although there is freedom for trade between the EU countries, ports represent the line between EU and non-EU Customs territory and Customs controls are required in order to determine the status of goods. Although simplified procedures exist, in most cases the mechanisms for the transport operators to prove the Community status of goods to Customs are still manual and paper-based. These procedures involve costly use of office resources and paperwork which results in additional expenses, errors and delays in intra-Community sea transport due to manual processing time. Furthermore it can lead to problems due to availability of original documents and therefore difficulties in introducing methods for automating Customs controls at ports through the use of electronic means. The objective of the electronic T2L is to facilitate and simplify the fulfilment of the Customs regulations to prove the Community status of the goods that are transported by sea through electronic procedures, contributing also to the start-up of other innovative integrated transport solutions.
- Location: Where?
Port of Valencia
- Sequence: When?
Prototype: Not required
- People: Who?
Two large shippers using Ro-Ro traffic
- Method: How?
The electronic T2L was firstly prototyped and piloted in MOS4MOS with the Spanish Customs & Excise Department and consisted in the creation of an electronic channel to request the e-T2L before the departure of the goods and to register and digitalise the original T2L document validated by the Customs office of origin in the Customs office of destination, provided the original T2L document has been received at destination.
Consequently, technical solutions are already available but they need to be promoted and widespread among different stakeholders involved in these operations. The pilot is based on applying the electronic T2L to the Ro-Ro traffic, according to the specific business needs to be identified in the project.
- Cost: How much?
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