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Today (Tuesday, May 7, 2013) marks the start of a six-month consultation period in which the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is seeking widespread input from industry stakeholders and the public on the administrative burdens that may result from compliance with IMO instruments.

The intention of the consultation period is to gather information from a broad spectrum of stakeholders on how to alleviate administrative burdens. The IMO says that it recognizes that some administrative requirements contained in IMO instruments may have become unnecessary, disproportionate or even obsolete, and it is committed to reducing their impact.

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