The "Advanced Cargo Declaration for ISPS Code" or the global system of information on cargo for the protection of ships and port facilities is a solution of verification and monitoring of international maritime transport in order to prevent any attack and locate the responsibility of each maritime operator in the case of shipping hazardous and dangerous products. The ACD helps to strengthen the image of ports and countries that have signed, respected and implemented the required plan of the ISPS Code.
The aim of the Advanced Cargo Declaration is to contribute to the substantial reduction of risk for maritime security of ships and Ports facilities by providing accurate and reliable assessments of ships, their owners and managers.
The United States of America implemented the 24 Hour Rules since December 2nd, 2002. It was in force in Europe since January 1st, 2011. In Africa, the process is under way in many countries.
4 key elements:
A security declaration must be made to the Sierra Leone Ports Authority for goods being imported and exported in and out of Sierra Leone. Arrival notification in the EU of the means of transport. Setting of standardized community criteria for detecting goods at risk. Taking into account the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status.
Operator obligations
Safety and Security Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) transmitted solely by web based system to the first SL Port reached from 15th February, 2015.
ENS = Entry Summary Declaration = logistics and commercial information. For all the goods aboard the means of transport. 
In compliance with the legal time limits for the means of transport, type of transport and type of goods. Responsible operator
Who is responsible for the ENS?
The carrier or his representative or the freight forwarder. Any person who is able to present or get the goods presented the importer or his representative. The person that lodges the ENS is responsible for the information being given to the customs authorities.
ENS time limits
Long distance shipping
Containerized cargo: 24 hours before the ship bound for the SL Ports is loaded.
Conventional or bulk: 4 hours prior to the ship’s arrival at the first SL Ports.
Short distance shipping.
Containers / trailers / conventional / bulk: 2 hours prior to the ship’s arrival at the first SL Ports.
Towed trailers: 1 hour prior to arrival at the SL Ports of entry.
ENS data terminology
This explanatory note outlines the basic principles of the Sierra Leone Cargo Tracking Note / Advanced Cargo Declaration regime. It is intended for both national associations and shipping companies. It should be seen as a summary and the TPMS SL Company will be happy to answer any additional questions that readers may have.
Reach us on the following contact:
Address: 19 Liverpool Street
+232 76-817-474 / +232 99-817-474
Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in the US and the subsequent adoption of a US regime on Advanced Cargo Declaration (the so-called “US 24 Hour Rules”); the European Union (EU) adopted its own regime of Advanced Cargo Declaration in 2005. The following rules apply to empty containers: Advanced Cargo Declaration – in the form of an ENS, for export,
re-export or outward processing or an EXS – shall be required if the empty container is carried under a transport contract.  However, there is no need for Advance Cargo Declaration in case of a repositioned empty container that is owned by the carrier  (or ship operator) himself. (The clearing is enough).
Submission of Import or Export cargo information
Carriers, forwarder and shipper or its representative must declare cargo information in advance on TPMS platform ( for  
any port of discharge to Sierra Leone . Importing cargo in any origin to Sierra Leone. When containers originating from other port are transshipped in Sierra Leone port no matter what the final destination is.
To EXPORT from Sierra Leone
Kindly follow the steps below:
1. Log on to
2. Click on the Shipper Log in field
3. Create an account (for new users) - log in details will be sent to the provided email address
4. After getting your log in details, go back to the home page and
click on the Shipper Log in field and log in with the details sent to you.
5. To comply, click on CARGO'S ENS and then NEW ENTRY/EXIT SUMMARY NUMBER.
6. Follow through the filling of the form by providing the required information to get your
Entry Summary Number.
Cargo information to be submitted.
Details of information are laid down. Advanced Cargo Declarations must be transmitted electronically and TPMS is responsible for the timely electronic transmission of ENS (per container) for the accuracy and completeness information on the platform these include:
  • Attach a copy of Exporters Final Invoice [must show breakdown of FOB value per item + freight + insurance]
  • Attach a copy of the Bill of Lading or draft B/L
  • A packing list
  • Name and address of shipper(consignor)
  • Name and address of” notified party” when the goods are carried under a negotiable” to order”
  • Accurate goods description (general terms are not accepted).
  • At least the last four digits of the commodity Harmonized System (HS) code.
  • Place of loading
  • Place of unloading
  • Types and number of packages
  • Cargo gross weight(kg)
  • Container number
  • Seal number
  • Settlement the cost should be paid to the carries.