What is EPI? “Required advance electronic presentation of cargo information to customs authorities”
The required advance electronic presentation of cargo information (EPI) was introduced on 17th June 2012 based on the Resolution No.899 of the Customs Union Commission dd. 9th December 2011 on the Introduction of the required advance electronic presentation of information concerning goods to be imported into the customs territory of the Customs Union by Road”.
The point is that a carrier, freight forwarder or any other accredited for these purposes person, preliminary forwards to the customs authorities a standard – issue notification with in-depth information concerning the goods to be carried and imported into the territory of the customs union. Whereas the customs office as the confirmation bestows to such request an individual number – an EPI number. As a matter of fact, this is nothing but an MRN, i.e., Movement Reference Number.
The required advance electronic presentation of cargo information to customs authorities (EPI) means the creation of an electronic copy of a transit declaration (TD), transfer into an automated system with the help of a designated software and transmission links to detect errors and discrepancies, ETD registration and receipt of a unique movement reference number (UMRN). An electronic EPI copy is used as an electronic copy of a transit declaration. The EPI final stage is the receipt of a permit to the customs transit.
List of documents necessary for EPI execution
- 1. Commercial and transport documents (CMR, Invoice, packing list (TIR page 1 and 3));
- 2. Specification in Word or Excel format;
- 3. Vehicle paperwork (registration certificate);
- 4. Identity document of the carrier’s representative (driver)
- 5. To indicate the boundary, approximate time, when the driver plans to arrive at the boundary;
- 6. The driver’s phone number.