AnNa Statement on Message Implementation Guide (MIG)

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Within the AnNa project a MIG has been developed. 13 EU MS support MIG implementation. Additional action is required

The EU MIG Message Implementation Guide has been developed within the AnNa consortium with the aim to facilitate a harmonized reporting by business (maritime industry) to the national Maritime Single Window (MSW), as prescribed in EU Directive 2010/65/EU. Without a standardized message structure the exchange of electronic data is not possible.

Utilising the data required for the Part A and Part B reporting formalities of Directive 2010/65/EU, the EU MIG comprises the B2MSW message. In short it is a message structure for the interface between maritime industry and MSW based on the WCO data model *. The B2MSW message format can be either XML or EDIFACT.

At present the following 13 Member States adhere to the EU MIG for developing their national MIG, incorporating their national requirements (Part C), for use in both AnNa pilot applications and, where practical, eventual implementation in 2015:

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • The Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

A harmonized development of the MIG in Europe is advocated. Therefore, it is essential to develop the MIG further as a European, or rather international, harmonization effort to allow for harmonized simplification of electronic reporting formalities. 

The EC is urged to take up this further MIG harmonization and development activity with the highest urgency to enable its e-Freight/e-Maritime policies to succeed in the short, medium and long term.


* including the dynamics involving the exchange of messages