BIMCO has introduced two new standard clauses, one for voyage charters and one for time charters, addressing the EU Rules on advance cargo declaration which are due to come into force on 1 January 2011. Under the voyage charter clause, it is the shipowner who assumes the role of ship operator and is therefore responsible for compliance with the Rules. Under the time charter clause, this responsibility rests with the charterer.

The clauses were published at the end of November, together with guidance by the European Community Shipowners’ Association, and are available to download for free from the BIMCO website.