Signing the Certification Agreement

Once the requirements have been examined and we are satisfied that the requisite efficiency standards can be met, the Certification Agreement will be signed. The Agreement governs:

Reliable export operations

Certified Efficiency Network companies undertake to:
Comply with the container collection deadlines agreed with the exporter in a given place and on a given day, to within 2 hours of the agreed time.
Ensure that dangerous goods in FCL (Full Container Load) or LCL (Less than Container Load) containers are authorised before the lorry arrives at the port terminal on the requested arrival date.
Ensure that customs clearance involving documentary inspections, from presentation of the SAD to customs release (with no border inspection), is completed within 8 working hours. In the case of physical inspections, from presentation of the SAD to customs release (with no border inspection), ensure that customs clearance is completed within 17 working hours.
Ensure that documentary inspections by the Border Inspection Services and for customs clearance, from the submission of the request to customs release are completed within:
- 14 working hours for external health
- 6 working hours for plant health
- 8 working hours for perishable foodstuffs
- 5 working hours for SOIVRE.
In the case of physical inspections, ensure that customs clearance, from the submission of the request to release, is completed in under:
- 25 working hours for external and animal health
- 17 working hours for plant health and perishable foodstuffs
- 15 working hours for SOIVRE.
Ensure that all goods in export containers are loaded in the agreed timeframes, provided that the exporter has made the goods available for dispatch in accordance with the timescales agreed with the freight forwarder or operator responsible for organising the land transport.
Ensure that the exporter receives the bill of lading no more than 10 working hours after the vessel's departure.

Reliable import operations

Certified Efficiency Network companies undertake to:
Comply with the container delivery deadlines agreed with the importer in a given place and on a given day, to within 2 hours of the agreed time.
Ensure that customs clearance involving documentary inspections, from presentation of the SAD to customs release (with no border inspection), is completed within 8 working hours. For physical inspections, from presentation of the SAD to customs release (with no border inspection), ensure that clearance is completed within 17 working hours.
Ensure that documentary inspections by the Border Inspection Services and for customs clearance, from the vessel's arrival (or submission of the request) to customs release, are completed within:
- 14 working hours for external health
- 6 working hours for plant health
- 8 working hours for perishable foodstuffs
- 5 working hours for SOIVRE.
In the case of physical inspections, to ensure that customs clearance, from the submission of the request to release, is completed in under:
- 25 working hours for external and animal health
- 17 working hours for plant health and perishable foodstuffs
- 15 working hours for SOIVRE.

Transparency

Barcelona Port Authority agrees to provide accurate information about core operations, dates and incidents relating to goods imports or exports within four working hours.
Requests for information may be addressed directly to the Port Authority.
The Port Authority guarantees to provide information about the following processes:
- Entry clearance for dangerous goods
- Arrival and/or departure of containerised goods in/from the Port
- Customs clearance
- Border Inspection Services inspections and clearance
- Bill of lading.
Information about LCL containers (Less than Container Load), coastal shipping containers and cases in which the Agreement cannot be fulfilled due to force majeure is not included.
In addition, the Port Authority undertakes to provide details of the port fees for goods in accordance with the two calculations set out in Spanish Law 48/2003.

Quality cargo handling

Certified companies guarantee that there will be no incidents (damage and faults) involving goods in any kind of container while they are being handled or stored in the terminals and physical facilities covered by the Quality Plan. The company also guarantees that import containers will bear the same customs seal on delivery as on departure from the terminal.
This guarantee includes non-containerised goods which are inspected at the Border Inspection Point (BIP) or Barcelona Reefer Terminal (BRT), where the damage is caused during handling by an authorised person.