Notification Import Documentation

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Easily pre-notify all customs documents for import at deepsea, shortsea and ferry terminals. You have one access point for all your pre-notifications.

Frequently Asked Questions

Process progress

Which statuses can I receive from the terminals?

The timeline of the notification shows the progress of your notification, with the most recent status at the top of the timeline.

  • Status ‘New’: your notification has been created
  • Status ‘Sent’: your notification has been sent to the terminal
  • Status ‘Accepted’*: Your notification has been accepted by the terminal
  • Status ‘Rejected’ *: Your notification has been rejected by the terminal.

A terminal may reject a notification if it cannot be processed by the terminal, for example because the document number does not match the selected document type. If this is the case, please check your notification. If necessary, contact our service desk.

Not all terminals dispatch an acceptance message. Check this overview to see which terminals send an acceptance message (also known as ‘MID return message’).

My document remains stuck on ‘sent’. When will this change to ‘accepted’?

Some terminals will dispatch an acceptance message in reply to the sent notification and others will not. This means an acceptance message will only show up in your screen for terminals that dispatch said message. An overview of terminals which do and do not send an acceptance message is available here.

In this overview, you can determine for each terminal whether it supports an acceptance message (also known as a return message). You can find this information in the line ‘MID return message possible?’ Yes/no

My import document is not known at the terminal, why is this?

  • Check the status of your notification: If the status is ‘refused’ (by PCS or terminal) or ‘failed’, then the notification has not been accepted. Fix the error message and resend the message.
  • Check that the correct document number, document type and container/shipment number have been entered. If this is not the case, enter the correct information and resend the notification.
  • Check that you have entered the correct terminal. It sometimes happens that cargo is diverted to another terminal at the last minute; this is not automatically changed in your Notification Import Documentation.
  • Check in ‘Cargo information 2.0’, in ‘Cargo Tracker’ or in ‘Import Status’ whether your shipment or container has been unloaded. At some terminals, the import document is only processed in the terminal system after the cargo has been unloaded.
  • If all information is correct, the terminal or PCS may have experienced a (brief) disruption. Resend your notification.

In the hinterland prenotification it says that the import document is not in order, why is this?

  • Check the status of your notification: if the status is 'rejected' (by PCS or terminal) or 'failed', the notification has not been accepted. Resolve the error message and resend the notification
  • Check that the correct document number, document type and container/shipment number have been entered. If this is not the case, enter the correct information and resend the notification
  • Check that you have entered the correct terminal. Sometimes the cargo is switched to another terminal at the last minute; this information is not automatically updated in your Notification Import Documentation
  • Check in 'Cargo information 2.0' or 'Import status' to see whether your shipment or container has been unloaded. At some terminals, the import document is only recognised by the terminal system once the cargo has been added to the RTO (= Unloaded on the quayside).
  • If all the information is correct, there may have been some (short-term) disruption at the terminal or to the PCS. Resend your notification

My import document is not recognised by the terminal, why is this?

  • Check the status of your notification: if the status is 'rejected' (by PCS or terminal) or 'failed', the notification has not been accepted. Resolve the error message and resend the notification
  • Check that the correct document number, document type and container/shipment number have been entered. If this is not the case, enter the correct information and resend the notification
  • Check that you have entered the correct terminal. Sometimes the cargo is switched to another terminal at the last minute; this information is not automatically updated in your Notification Import Documentation
  • Check in 'Cargo information 2.0' or 'Import status' to see whether your shipment or container has been unloaded. At some terminals, the import document is only recognised by the terminal system once the cargo has been added to the RTO (= Unloaded on the quayside).
  • If all the information is correct, there may have been some (short-term) disruption at the terminal or to the PCS. Resend your notification

What should I do if a container is unloaded at another terminal or there is something else wrong with the notification?

If your cargo is unloaded at a different terminal than anticipated, you need to submit a new document pre-notification for this new terminal.

You need to inform the terminal at which the incorrect notification has been made. If the change of terminal takes place within the ECT terminals (Hutchison Ports ECT Delta / Euromax) then no action is required on your part. In the ECT system, the notification is only linked to a terminal after the container has been unloaded.

Error messages

I have received an error message that the document number is incorrect

The moment you enter a number of a customs document, we automatically check whether its structure corresponds to that in the various customs systems.
In this way, we reduce the chance of error for you and problems are avoided when collecting the container at a terminal.
A straightforward example: an MRN number always comprises 18 characters. If you enter an MRN number with 17 characters, you will receive an error message. There are different criteria for each type of customs document that are automatically verified for you by the Port Community System.

Also see: # which document type should I use in which situation

I cannot send my MID, why is this?

Are you using Notification Domproc or Transit Declaration? Both services currently only support container cargo at deepsea terminals for forwarders. This will be resolved in the near future. Until then, you can use Notification Import Documentation 2.0.

Functionalities

I cannot find my document, how can I fix this?

If you cannot find the ‘document number and container number’, please contact the service desk. We can check whether this may have been registered by another party. If we are unable to find it, it has most likely not been registered.

What is the difference between equipment number and shipment number?

Notification Import Documentation 2.0 can be used for both deepsea-, shortsea- and ferry terminals.

  • Deepsea- and shortsea terminals generally want to receive your import document per container. In that case, enter the unique container number in the equipment number field.
  • For ferryterminals, it is necessary to send your import document per shipment number. A shipment number consists of a SCAC-code, the booking number and the sequence number of the shipment. In practice this means that this number is equal to the number of the bill of lading.

This overview shows which cargo flows are supported by the various terminals.

Which cargo flows (containers/shipments) are supported by each terminal?

You can find an overview of the supported information flows here.
In this overview, you can see for each terminal whether it supports MID messages with container numbers, shipment numbers or both. You can find this information in the line ‘Pre-notify type of cargo flow?’

I cannot use a document type, why is this?

You are not authorised to use the document type in question at the terminal in question. Check your terminal contract and amend it in consultation with our sales department.

Which terminals support an acceptance message?

Some terminals will dispatch an acceptance message in reply to the sent notification and others will not. This means an acceptance message will only show up in your screen for terminals that dispatch said message. An overview of terminals which do and do not send an acceptance message is available here.

In this overview, you can determine for each terminal whether it supports an acceptance message (also known as a return message). You can find this information in the line ‘MID return message possible?’ Yes/no

Which document type do I need to use in which situation?

What is the procedure at the terminal?

A terminal is only permitted to allow cargo that has arrived/has been unloaded to leave the terminal if a customs procedure is known. Via Notification Import Documentation, you notify the terminal of the customs procedure for the cargo in question.

I am not sure which mode of transport I should enter

If you do not (yet) know by which mode of transport the cargo will be collected from the terminal, we recommend that you enter ‘Not applicable’.

Making changes

I want to delete/change my document, is this possible?

If the notification has not yet been submitted to the terminal, you can click on the line and make any necessary adjustments. You can also delete the notification by clicking on ‘delete’ at the bottom.

If the notification has already been submitted to the terminal, it cannot be removed via Portbase. You can however submit the notification with the correct information in Portbase again.
You must inform the terminal about the erroneous notification to avoid complications. Also do this if you have used the wrong document type.

Hutchison Ports ECT Delta and Euromax
If the change of terminal remains limited to the ECT terminals (Hutchison Ports ECT Delta Terminal/Euromax Terminal), no action is required on your part. The ECT system only links the notification to a terminal after the container has been unloaded.

You can remove the import documentation (E-service MRN Document) that you have submitted yourself via the ECT website. You can do this via ‘Order Overviews’ and ‘Document Order Overview’ using the red cross behind the line. If the cancellation status continues to be ‘Received’, this means that a pre-notification has already been received to retrieve the container. If this is the case, an automatic email will be sent to the Team Coordinator Data Management/GAD; he/she will verify if the document can be deleted and if this is possible will perform this action. You will not receive any notifications about this. You can check which documents are attached to the container by consulting Tracking & Tracing in the My Services section of the ECT website.

If you do not have login details for the ECT website, you can request these from qo@ect.nl or call the ECT Gate & Administration Desk: +31 181-278088.

Other terminals
If a different terminal is involved, you can contact the terminal in question using the email addresses below:

APM Terminals Rotterdam: rot.data-edi@apmterminals.com
APM Maasvlakte II: mvii.datacenter@apmterminals.com
Barge Center Waalhaven: Pvdpluijm@waalhaven-group.nl
Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG): Dennis.vandepolder@rwg.nl with a CC to douane.drh.rwg@belastingdienst.nl. The telephone number of Customs at the terminal: +31 (0)10-7422185
CCT Moerdijk: operations@cctmoerdijk.com or +31 (0)168-334289 (Jeroen Monster or Ivo Hilhorst)
Kloosterboer: KBV.Logistics@kloosterboer.nl or +31 (0)118-486359
Broekman Distriport: CSD.distriport@broekmanlogistics.com or csd.containers@broekmanlogistics.com
TMA Amsterdam: amsterdam_ct@tmalogistics.nl or +31 (0)20 – 705 2444
Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals: douanezaken@rstbv.nl or +31 (0)10 - 294 2422
Verbrugge Vlissingen: avis@verbrugge.nl or +31 (0)118 – 42 63 90

I have entered the wrong modality

To be on the safe side, we recommend that you contact the terminal. Although the modality is not yet in use, your haulier may have problems if it turns out that you specified the wrong modality.

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