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The following are considered the minimum criteria for establishing a Marine Port of entry:

The Company:

  • Articles and Memorandum of Association
  • Register of Directors
  • Registered addresses, phone numbers, mailing addresses of the company and directors
  • Name and address of the Managing Director/Manager
  • Other information which will assist in providing information required

The Island:

  • Land Ownership title with survey plan showing coordinates
  • Agreement and clearance for land development from the appropriate authorities
  • Land development plan, including physical development, detailed description of the facility and identifying the location and boundaries of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) zone.

The Port:

  • Architectural and structural plans of the facility, including the ISPS Zone, which shall include:
  • A secure area that can ensure access control in accordance with the requirements of the ISPS Code of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and the ISPS Regulations (the Regulations)
  • Adequate facility and equipment to properly monitor the ISPS zone from a secure location

Regulatory Agencies:

  • Accommodation for officers of the various Governmental Agencies (Belize Port Authority, Customs Department, Immigration, BAHA, Ministry of Health) to carry out their duties as part of the mandatory boarding team
  • Cargo and quarantine areas
  • Primary and secondary inspection rooms
  • Implementations and operational plans, which shall include recruitment and training or Port Security Personnel to ensure ISPS compliance


  • Submit the Port Facility Security Assessment in accordance with Section 22 of the Regulations. This is to be done in conjunction with the Authority, and after the construction of the facility.
  • Once approved, the submission of a Port Facility Security Plan, in accordance with Section 22 of the Regulation, and the ISPS Code and guidelines is required.
  • On approval of the plan, the Belize Port Authority will create the United Nations Location Code to be assigned to the Port, and request the Honourable Minster to designate the Port.
  • One this is gazetted, the Authority shall conduct its first inspection of the port and (if warranted) issue the compliance certificate and the port license setting out the conditions of operation of the relevant Statutory Instruments, and the Definitive Agreement with the Government of Belize.
  • The port will then be registered with the International Maritime Organisation. This will require all security related matters to have been satisfactory dealt with, and the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) and other security personnel to be named and trained.
  • Please note: The Immigration Department shall need to declare the port an international port of entry for Customs and Immigration purposes, prior to any ship call.

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