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CBP Plans Pilot Tests of Electronic Cargo Manifests Ahead of Mandatory ACE

Posted April 01, 2015

Under Economic Issues

(STR Trade Report)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is inviting comments through June 1 on electronic air, ocean and rail export manifests, which will be pilot tested this year in the run-up to the first deadline for mandatory use of the Automated Commercial Environment. Comments on other related new and existing information collections are also due by June 1.

Aircraft

Currently, the aircraft commander or agent must file CBP Form 7509, Air Cargo Manifest, at the departure airport, or respondents may submit the information on this form using a CBP-approved electronic equivalent.

Rail

Currently the master or person in charge of a conveyance files CBP Form 7533, Inward Cargo Manifest for Vessel Under Five Tons, Ferry, Train, Car, Vehicle, Etc., which is required for a vehicle or a vessel of less than five net tons arriving in the U.S. from Canada or Mexico, otherwise than by sea, with baggage or merchandise. Respondents may also submit the information on this form using a CBP-approved electronic equivalent.

Vessels

Currently, the master or commander of a vessel arriving in the U.S. from abroad with cargo on board must file CBP form 1302, Cargo Manifest/Declaration, or submit the information on this form using a CBP-approved electronic equivalent. In addition, the master or commander of a vessel departing from the U.S. must file CBP Form 1302A, Cargo Declaration Outward with Commercial Forms, or a CBP-approved electronic equivalent with copies of bills of lading or equivalent commercial documents relating to all cargo encompassed by the manifest.

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