Malta Transport Centre

  • Initiative 6.5: Master Plan of Malta to set up a national maritime Single Window

    • Pilot action proposed:

    Issuing a tender document for a Master Plan to set up of Malta’s national maritime single window

    • Stakeholders involved:

    Customs Malta
    Police Department
    Shipping Agents
    Health Department
    Vet Office

    • Subject matter: What?  

    Directive 2010/65/EC applies to the reporting formalities applicable to maritime transport for ships arriving in and ships departing from ports in European Union countries. The objective of the directive is to reduce the administrative burdens for shipping companies by simplifying and harmonizing the documentary and physical checks conducted on ships and goods moving between EU port by making electronic transmission of information standard and rationalizing the required reporting formalities.

    • Purpose: Why?  

    Transport Malta needs to develop a National Single Window (NSW) in preparation for the entry into force of Directive 2010/65/EU in order to simplify and harmonise the administrative procedures to port formalities by making the electronic transmission of information standard and by rationalising reporting procedures, ensuring that the reporting formalities are requested in a harmonised and coordinated manner.
    The Master plan for the set up of Malta’s National Maritime Single Window will feed in the MEDNET Strategic Action Plan which is intended towards the harmonisation of port operations.
    In order to meet these objectives, the Directive on the National Single Window aims to reduce the amount of information to be repeatedly provided to the various port authorities.
    To this end, it is felt that the transmission of information as provided, contain all navigation information required by the authorities upon arrival and/or departure from ports. Some of this information has already been sent electronically via SafeSeaNet, the Community maritime data exchange system. The international regulatory authorities, such as the International Maritime Organisation or the World Customs Organisations, have developed formats for the electronic transmission of FAL forms. These forms provide port authorities with sufficient information on ships from third countries. The FAL forms are not required for ships coming from a European Union port. All information required under the Directive should be sent electronically to a single competent authority nominated by Member States, via the SafeSeaNet system.
    The proposal for a Directive on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of Member States of the Community helps make reality the concept of a European maritime transport space without barriers. The Commission and the Member States shall set up secure, integrated, interoperable and accessible electronic customs systems for the exchange of data contained in customs declarations, documents accompanying customs declarations and certificates, and the exchange of other relevant information. Thus the exchange of data will become much simpler. Moreover, it will make short-sea shipping more attractive, more efficient, and more competitive. It will also foster an environmentally friendly means of transport.
    The proposal for this Directive applies to ships arriving in and departing from ports situated in Member States. It aims to simplify and harmonize the administrative procedures, and to use information and communication technology to increase efficiency. It also aims to reduce the amount of information to be repeatedly provided to the various port authorities.
    Transmitting of information is encoded digitally, using a revisable structured format which can be used directly for storage and processing by computers.
    The national authorities will have fewer checks to carry out, and the used of computerized communication methods will enable checks not covered by the proposal to be better organised, whilst improving their efficiency. The Directive will considerably reduce the cost and duration of time in port and will be beneficial to maritime transport, thus contributing to an adjustment in the balance between various modes of transport.

    The objective of this concept is to remove or simplify the documentary and physical checks conducted on ships and goods moving between ports situated in the European Union. The other main objectives of this concept are:
    - Facilitate import and export procedures
    - Reduce compliance and administrative costs and to improve clearance times
    - Coordinate a common approach to the control of goods
    - Help ensure proper collection of all customs duties and other charges
    - Ensure rapid provision and receipt of relevant information with regard to the international supply chain.
    - To enable the seamless flow of data between the administrations of exporting and importing countries, as well as between customs authorities and economic operators, allowing data entered in the system to be re-used.

    • Location: Where?  

    Malta ports

    • Sequence: When?  

    Tender: 2014

    • People: Who?  

    Transport Malta
    Shipping agencies
    Police department
    Health department

    • Method: How?  

    Issuing a call for a Master Plan on implementation of the national single window.

    • Cost: How much?  

    In evaluation