FAL CONVENTION. Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic, 1965 Adoption: 9 April 1965 Entry into force: 5 March 1967. INTRODUCTION. Traditionally, large numbers of documents are required by ----customs, ----immigration, ---- health and
Asst.Prof. Dr.Ender Asyalı
International Maritime Traffic, 1965
Adoption: 9 April 1965Entry into force: 5 March 1967
---- health and
---- other public authorities pertaining to
----its crew and passengers,
countries developed customs, immigration and other standards independently of each other and a ship visiting several countries during the course of a voyage could expect to be presented with numerous forms to fill in, often asking for exactly the same information but in a slightly different way.
By the early 1960s the maritime nations had decided that the situation could not be allowed to deteriorate further. International action was called for and to achieve it Governments turned to IMO, which had held its first meeting in 1959.
1-to prevent unnecessary delays in maritime traffic,
2-to aid co-operation between Governments, and
3-to secure the highest practicable degree of uniformity in formalities and other procedures.
In its Annex, the Convention contains "Standards" and "Recommended Practices" on formalities, documentary requirements and procedures which should be applied on arrival, stay and departure to the ship itself, and to its crew, passengers, baggage and cargo.
Standards: internationally-agreed measures which are "necessary and practicable in order to facilitate international maritime traffic"
recommended practices as measures the application of which is "desirable".
The Convention provides that any Contracting Government which finds it impracticable to comply with any international standard, or deems it necessary to adopt differing regulations, must inform the Secretary-General of IMO of the "differences" between its own practices and the standards in question. The same procedure applies to new or amended standards.
Cargo. Any goods, wares, merchandise, and articles of every kind whatsoever carried on a ship, other than mail, ship's stores, ship's spare parts, ship's equipment, crew's effects and passengers' accompanied baggage.
Crew's effects. Clothing, items in everyday use and any other articles, which may include currency, belonging to the crew and carried on the ship.
employed for duties on board during a voyage in the working or service of a ship and included in the crew list.
Standard. Public authorities shall not require for their retention, on arrival or departure of ships to which the Convention applies, any documents other than those covered by the present section.
- General Declaration
- Cargo Declaration
- Ship's Stores Declaration
- Crew's Effects Declaration
- Crew List
- Passenger List
- The document required under the
Universal Postal Convention for mail
- Maritime Declaration of Health.
IMO is promoting the global use of electronic data interchange (EDI) to relay these forms between port and ship.
FAL FORM I
IMO GENERAL DECLARATION
FAL FORM III
FAL FORM IV
IMO CREW EFFECT DECLARATION
FAL FORM V
FAL FORM VI