The revised IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Commerce for the maritime community was published November 2019. For use by all IMO FAL implementers it is available as an updated online version published by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
The IMO Compendium is an instrument for international trade facilitation. It lays down the rules and regulations for international trade facilitation in the maritime sector. An independent global data model based on the IMO FAL dataset has been developed. It aims to fulfil the data exchange requirements of the IMO FAL Convention and at the same time to achieve a harmonisation of the required data elements. The HTML publication published in November was automatically generated from this newly created IMO reference data model. The content of the publication includes structure charts, business rules and codeset relationships as well as automatically generated Excel tables.
References to WCO, UN/CEFACT MMT and ISO TC8
The revision of the data elements of the IMO Compendium was carried out in cooperation with other standard developing organisations. These include the World Customs Organization (WCO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Organization for Standardization. They have a reference to the FAL Convention as well. Within the framework of harmonisation, the IMO FAL reference data model was mapped to three other data models. The WCO data model, the UN/CEFACT reference data model for multimodal transport (MMT), and the ISO TC8 standard. Users of the IMO Compendium can now see at a glance which data elements of IMO FAL correspond to the data elements of the other standards. This adaptation includes the possibility for the data model to be flexibly extended. It reflects the requirements of the three organisations mentioned above.
It is planned to continue the development of the IMO FAL reference data model. Among other things, the IMO FAL reference data model could be extended by further mappings to other international standards. Another possible task is syntactical output based on the IMO FAL data model.