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Statistical returns for carriage of goods and passengers by sea

European Union (EU) countries compile statistics on the carriage of goods and passengers by sea at their own ports, thereby producing comparable and harmonised data on an EU level which facilitates the Commission’s work within the common maritime transport policy.

ACT

Directive 2009/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009 on statistical returns in respect of carriage of goods and passengers by sea [See amending act(s)].

SUMMARY

European Union (EU) countries compile statistics on the carriage of goods and passengers by sea calling at EU ports. This statistical data relates to cargo and passenger information, and information on the vessel. The annexes to this directive specify the characteristics of the data collection, including the statistical variables and definitions, the type of cargo classification, the nationality, type and size of vessels.

The Commission is responsible for drawing up a list of all EU ports. Each EU country shall select from this list any port which handles more than one million tonnes of goods or which records more than 200 000 passenger movements annually. These selected ports will then be subject to a more detailed data collection.

Once they have compiled the statistics, EU countries shall transmit the results of the data collection to the Commission (Eurostat) within five months of the end of the period of observation for data of quarterly periodicity and within eight months for data of annual periodicity. EU countries shall inform Eurostat of the methods used to compile the data, as well as details of any substantial changes in the methods used. Eurostat shall then publish the appropriate statistics collected.

The Commission collates the data with the help of the European Statistical System Committee.

This directive repeals Directive 95/64/EC.

REFERENCES

ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Directive 2009/42/EC

26.6.2009

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OJ L 141 of 6.6.2009

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Regulation (EU) No 1090/2010

1.1.2011

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OJ L 325 of 9.12.2010

Successive amendments and corrections to Directive 2009/42/EC have been incorporated into the basic text. This consolidated version is for reference only.

Last updated: 09.03.2011
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