EU countries demand end to crippling reporting formalities

Mar 09 2018

Led by Denmark, 13 EU member countries have called on the EC to present a proposal to revise the Reporting Formalities Directive.

Danish Shipping said that it strongly supported the move to eliminate the huge administrative burdens placed on ship operators in the EU.


The current directive introduced the National Single Windows as a way to harmonise reporting obligations from ships into a single electronic system for its members, but has instead created more burdens on ship operators.


In an official letter to the EC they said that they want to “unleash the significant potential for simplification and harmonisation by making the directive future proof and fit for the digital age by making better use of existing data sources and automation of administrative processes.”


Danish Shipping said it had repeatedly stressed the urgent need of correcting the adverse effects of the directive that have created new burdens rather than creating a real internal market for shipping in the EU.


Today, Masters and ship operators are required to report the same data repeatedly and in different formats for every EU port - sometimes even differently in ports in the same country.


“We are extremely happy to see a big group of member states willing to properly address an issue that produces great frustrations in the industry,” said Danish Shipping’s director of EU Affairs, Casper Andersen. He believed that there might be countries less enthusiastic about an ambitious solution, but given the pressing nature of the problem, he said he hoped to sway them.


The EC proposal is set for publication on 2nd May.


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