Overview of process changes
With immediate effect Kenya customs requires all Consolidated import shipments to state the PIN number of the consignee. This number is assigned by Kenya customs. Should consignee agent not have one, kindly register with Kenya customs immediately.
The PIN number shall be transmitted to Lufthansa Cargo in FWB OCI line as follows (FWB versions 16 and above):
As of today, Lufthansa Cargo Hub Frankfurt started working on a new customs system to interface to German customs. Some delays and longer waiting times than usual may have to be expected in import.
Please note, that with this change Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt is using a new custodian location number with immediate effect. The new location code is 0001 for Frankfurt, the old one 0000 is no longer valid. Using old location code will result in severe delays both for import and export shipments
German customs is insisting on acceptable good descriptions for shipments into the EU.
The goods description may not be generic (e.g. Spare Parts) but shall be specific enough to allow risk analysis through customs.
Please follow this link for the list of acceptable and unacceptable goods descriptions.
This is aplicable for shipments globally. Currently only German customs is known to enforce compliance by holding shipments until the data has been provided in the requested manner.
Please note, that contrary to the list, Consolidation is indeed acceptable for airlines, as long as the availability of HAWB data for the shipment is ensured. HAWB data must comply with acceptable terms as per the examples in the list.
All shipments to mainland China require the following mandatory data elements:
- Shipper and Consignee telephone number
- Shipper enterprise code
- Consignee enterprise code
- Consignee specific contact name
- Consignee specific contact number
All data is required both on MAWB level, as well as HAWB level (for consolidation)