Entry Summary Declaration(ENS) - FAQ

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.

When is an ENS required?

All goods brought into the customs territory of the EU, regardless of their final destinations, shall be covered by an ENS, this includes:

  • Cargo discharging at an EU port, inclusive of transshipment cargo
  • Foreign bound non-EU cargo remaining on board

When must an ENS be lodged:

For deep-sea containerised shipments where next port of call is an EU port, the ENS must be lodged at least 24hrs prior to commencement of loading in each non-EU load port.

What information do customers need to provide for an ENS to be completed?

  • Shipper & consignee - Full style address including telephone no, email ID and contact name (EORI number whenever this number is available)
  • Notify Party – Full style address including telephone no, email ID and contact name. Mandatory where good are carrier under a negotiable ‘To order’ B/L (EORI number whenever this number is available)
  • 6-digit HS code
  • Package type (Code) - For multiple package types each one needs to be listed separately e.g. Personal effects, household items, groupage, console cargo.
  • Number of packages
  • Container number
  • Seal number
  • Cargo gross weight (kg)
  • UN code for dangerous goods
  • Transport charges method of payment code

What happens if I do not submit the above information by the given deadline?

Cargo will not be loaded on board the vessel – additional costs incurred due to late submission of this information will be for the merchant’s account.

Limitation on bookings

Bookings of more than 99 containers are not permitted, ENS customs systems cannot handle bookings of more than 99 containers.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes – goods moving from Northern Ireland will currently remain unaffected due to the Northern Ireland protocol.