Workshop on Facilitation of Maritime Traffic and Loading and Unloading Movements at Ports, Based on the Fal Convention 65

The workshop examined the FAL convention and how its application will support port development and port efficiency within the Greater Caribbean Region. This convention is aimed at facilitating maritime transport by simplifying and minimizing the formalities, data requirements and procedures associated with arrival, stay and departure of ships engaged in international voyage. To this end the Convention contains standards and recommended practices. Its main contribution lies with the acceptance of a set of models for standardized facilitation forms for ships to fulfill certain reporting formalities when they arrive in or depart from a port. These standardized forms include, inter alia, the IMO General Declaration, the Cargo Declaration, and the Crew and Passenger Lists, and Dangerous Goods Declaration.”