TFS General Information Procedure

Shipments of Non Hazardous Waste are regulated by Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 on shipments of waste [so-called Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR)].  This regulation, which covers shipments of all types of waste, includes waste destined for recovery where a useful secondary source of raw material from the waste could be recovered.

 
On 12 July 2007, the new WSR replaced Regulation (EEC) No 259/93 of 1 February 1993, on the supervision and control of shipments of waste within, into and out of the European Community.  In order to implement article 37(2) of the WSR, the Commission adopted Regulation (EC) No 1418/2007 of 29 November 2007, concerning the export for recovery of certain waste listed in Annex III or IIIA to Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council to certain countries to which the OECD Decision on the control of transboundary movements of wastes does not apply, thus replacing Regulation (EC) No 801/2007 of 6 July 2007 concerning the export for recovery of certain waste listed in Annex III or IIIA to Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 to certain countries to which the OECD Decision on the control of transboundary movements of wastes does not apply. From time to time the Commission amends Regulation (EC) No 1418/2007 as regards the procedures to be followed for export of waste to certain countries.
 
The Environment and Resources Authority, is the competent Authority for the implementation of the WSR.  The procedure which should be followed for shipment of Non Hazardous Waste is as follows:
  • Step One.  Each time at the earliest possible and in any cases NOT LATER than one full working day before the loading of a container, the Notifier should submit the following below to ERA during office hours:
 1. Accompanying Document (for Annex VII form click here) as per attached. Weight is not required at this time.
 2. Relevant processing fees
 3. Date, time and place of loading. This information in the format below should be submitted to ERA on contact.shipments@era.org.mt or submit a hard copy with the above documents by not later than one full working day before loading. Changes to the submitted information should be notified immediately to ERA on contact.shipments@era.org.mt.
  • Step Two.  Once ERA receives the Accompanying Document, payment and loading information, ERA on its own discretion, inspects the loading of the container based on the information submitted by the Notifier in Step One.
  • Step Three.  ... If the documentation and loading are in-line with the requirements of LN 285/2011, ERA acknowledges the documents and informs customs that the shipment may proceed. 
   ... If the documentation and/or loading are incorrect or the procedure is not adhered to, ERA objects to the shipment and informs the applicant in writing (through e-mail) indicating why ERA objected to the shipment. Once objected, the processing fees cannot be reimbursed/transferred. The Notifier will be required to submit new export documents together with new processing fees.
 
PS.  The weigh slip or bill of lading indicating the actual weight (for each EWC Code) of the cargo should be submitted by the Notifier to ERA before the next shipment is acknowledged.
  • Applicants are requested to abide by the above procedure so as to ensure a timely processing of documentation. The information in the Accompanying Document should tally with details of the planned shipment, and any conditions imposed by the countries of transit and destination, should be adhered to.  Any declarations in the Accompanying Documents are the sole responsibility of the notifier and any wrong declarations will be investigated accordingly.
 
It is IMPORTANT for the notifier to ensure that the accompanying document is returned to the notifier, signed and stamped by the recovery facility once the waste is recovered.