The IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business

The IMO Compendium is a tool for software developers that design the systems needed to support transmission, receipt, and response via electronic data exchange of information required for the arrival, stay, and departure of the ship, persons, and cargo to a port. By harmonizing the data elements required during a port call and by standardizing electronic messages, the IMO Compendium facilitates the exchange of information ship to shore and the interoperability of single windows, reducing the administrative burden for ships linked to formalities in ports.

The IMO Compendium consists of an IMO Data Set and IMO Reference Data Model agreed by the main organizations involved in the development of standards for the electronic exchange of information related to the FAL Convention: the World Customs Organization (WCO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).  Learn more here.

Since July 2019, the IMO Expert Group on Data Harmonization (EGDH) is responsible for the technical maintenance of the IMO Compendium and for further expanding its data set and data model to areas beyond the FAL Convention, including exchange of logistics and operational port and shipping data. 

The last version of the IMO Compendium is FAL. 5/Circ. 43, available from IMODOCS. Please click here to access the HTML version of the IMO Compendium.

The new version of the IMO Compendium to be considered by FAL 45 can be downloaded here: New version IMO Compendium to be considered by FAL 45.xlsx.

The next meetings of the EGDH will take place from 9 to 15 June (EGDH 4) and from 25 to 29 October 2021 (EGDH 5).