Brexit Transition period expiration – Entry Summary Declaration (ENS)

December 31st 2020 will see the end to the Brexit transition period and with that, the UK (apart from Northern Ireland), will leave the European Union’s Safety and Security Zone.

This change will mean that all cargo exiting the UK on a vessel which transits an EU country, even if ultimately destined for a non-EU country, will require an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) to be filed by the carrier 24 hours in advance of vessel arrival at the loading port.

There will be a GBP 30.00 charge per Bill of Lading for this ENS filing.

To give an example of what is in scope:

  • Port of loading: Southampton, UK
  • Vessel next port of call: Algeciras, ES
  • Port of discharge: Shanghai, CN

CMA CGM will require complete and accurate shipping instructions to be submitted in advance of the vessel arrival for all export shipments departing on a vessel on or after 31st December 2020.

For more information, please consult our online ENS FAQ.

Failure to comply will mean we are unable to load the cargo as planned and that there may be additional charges incurred.

Details of the documentation and collection deadline changes are given below:

Vessel ETA Shipping Instruction receipt cut off Last loading day
Sunday Thursday 10.00hrs week prior Wednesday week prior
Monday Thursday 10.00hrs week prior Wednesday week prior
Tuesday Friday 10.00hrs week prior Thursday week prior
Wednesday Monday 10.00hrs Friday week prior
Thursday Tuesday 10.00hrs Monday
Friday Wednesday 10.00hrs Tuesday
Saturday Thursday 10.00hrs Wednesday week prior

Please also note: where containers across multiple bookings are required to be merged, we will require an MUCR to be supplied by the advertised cut off – failure to do so may result in containers being short shipped and additional costs being incurred.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support,

Best Regards,

CMA CGM (UK) Shipping Limited

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