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24/03/2020

Notices published in Govt Gazette No 20,372 of 24 March 2020

​NOTICES



CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT

Processing of applications by the Customs Special Procedures Unit (SPU)

The Customs Department notifies all economic operators that in view of the prevailing situation arising out of Covid-19, as from Monday, 23rd March, 2020, until further notice, processing of the transit documents (T1), inward and outward applications, end-use and temporary admissions (TA) together with the booking of export consignments selected for physical inspection will only be accepted and processed electronically.  

Therefore, they are requested to send requests together with the scanned application (where applicable) to the generic email account (specialprocedures.customs@gov.mt).

In essence, this means that the Special Procedures Unit (SPU) will assist in person exporters or their customs clearing agents who would need processing of T2Ls, EUR1 and ATR certificates only because they require an original signed and stamped certificate.

For additional clarification, an email can be sent to the above-mentioned email address.

24th March, 2020



CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT

Processing of Import Licences

The Customs Department notifies all economic operators that in view of the prevailing situation arising out of Covid-19, for the time being, the Commerce Department will be accepting only email based applications. Thus, economic operators are being requested to submit scanned applications. An email, containing the same scanned, processed application would be sent to the operators themselves and subsequently to the Customs Department at the newly created generic account (licences.customs@gov.mt), which may be accessed by personnel at the Customer Services Unit of the Customs Department.

For additional clarifications or information, economic operators may contact the officer in charge at the Customs Customer Services Unit on telephone 2568 5123 or by sending an email to (customercare.customs@gov.mt).

24th March, 2020





CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT

Issuing of the Gate Pass Out and Presentation of All Supporting Documents

The Customs Department notifies all economic operators that in view of the prevailing situation arising out of Covid-19, that as from Monday, 23rd March, 2020, which will become mandatory as of Wednesday, 1st April, 2020, until further notice, issuing of the gate pass out for full load and groupage containers exiting from the Freeport Terminal would need to be done electronically.

Traders or their customs clearing agents are being requested to scan a copy of all the required documents, including a copy of the notice of arrival/delivery order, invoice, packing list, T2L certificates, etc and sent them via email to (gatepasses.customs@gov.mt).  This is not required if the economic operator had already previously electronically attached such documents to the import customs declaration. Customs will process the document, issue and return the gate pass via the same email address copying customs officers stationed at Freeport. The Department reserves the right to ask for the original documents where it deems appropriate. The economic operator is required to print the gate pass and present it at the Freeport Gate. 

Further information may be obtained from Ms Rachelle Fiorini on (customercare.customs@gov.mt).

24th March, 2020



CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT

Processing of Customs Documents Selected for Documentary Check

The Customs Department notifies all economic operators that in view of the prevailing situation arising out of Covid-19, and in line with its Business Strategy 2020 – 2022, the uploading of all supporting documents to import declarations in the National Import and Export Systems (NIES) will commence on Monday, 23rd March, 2020, and become mandatory from Wednesday, 1st April, 2020. This measure was planned to be introduced in Q3 2020, however the Department anticipated its launch to help in social distancing aimed at curbing the spread of the corona virus.

This measure applies to full load and groupage consignments transported by sea. Essentially, this means that all invoices, packing lists, bills of lading, notices of arrival, certificates and other documents related to the particular consignment have to be attached with the relevant declaration.

It is important that:

(a) documents are colour scans of the original;
(b) documents are scanned at the original size;
(c) no part or pages of the documents are omitted;
(d) both sides of the page (where applicable) are scanned;
(e) scanned documents are presented in one of the following formats: PDF, JPG, JPEG, TIF, BMP or PNG; and
(f) information is clear and readable.

This will facilitate the verification process of declarations selected for documentary checks (yellow). The processing of these documents will no longer be accepted at the Customer Services Unit in Valletta or the Verification Unit in Ħal Luqa. When a declaration of full load container is selected for documentary check, Customs Officers stationed at the Verification Unit would carry the check as soon as the Economic Operator sends an email to this office (verification.customs@gov.mt) with the local reference number (LRN). The Department reserves the right to demand original documents (e.g. EUR1, ATR certificate, import licence).

Additional clarifications or information may be obtained from the Customs Verification Unit (Tel. 2169 1450) or by sending an email to Director Compliance and Systems on (alan.mamo@gov.mt).

24th March, 2020




PDF – MCCAA standards lists Gaz 24.3






ĦAL GĦARGĦUR LOCAL COUNCIL

Traffic and Parking Suspension

The Ħal Għargħur Local Council notifies that on Thursday, 26th March, 2020, from 9.00 a.m. till 11.00 a.m., through Triq il-Kbira will be closed for traffic. Parking of vehicles is not allowed on this day during these times. 

24th March, 2020