The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has established the Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality Program to restrict public access to import information by not permitting direct examination of vessel manifests. Nevertheless, the general public retains the ability to request particular information through Customs. Within this framework, importers, consignees, and shippers are provided with the opportunity to request confidential treatment for their names and addresses on these manifests, as well as to appeal to CBP for safeguarding specific data elements. This program covers 22 distinct data elements found on the manifests, including consignee, notify, and shipper party details. The initiative’s primary objective is to offer the choice of confidentiality, preventing competitors from linking your manifest data with your corporate identity.
Who Can Make a Manifest Confidentiality Request? What are the Different Types of Manifests?
Importer or Consignee
As an importer or consignee you may request confidential treatment of your name and address, including identifying marks and numbers on inward manifests. For more details how confidentiality applies to inward manifests, review the 19 CFR §103.31 (d)(1) on the Code of Federal Regulations.
As a shipper, authorized employee, or official of the shipper, you may request confidential treatment of the shipper’s name and address on outward manifests. For more details about how confidentiality applies to outward manifests, review the 19 CFR §103.31 (d)(2) on the Federal Register.