Ocean Cargo Manifest Enforcement Deadline Here
No exceptions or waivers to the new rules will be allowed
WASHINGTON, DC - 07/05/07 - Effective tomorrow, the US Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) will begin full enforcement of the automation requirement for all ocean carriers under the Trade Act Regulations.
The regulations mandate'that the CBP must receive cargo information electronically via a CBP-approved data interchange system before the cargo is brought into the US.
The agency uses the cargo information to identify and eliminate potential terrorist threats before a vessel sails from a foreign port to US ports, rather than after a ship?and its cargo arrives in the US.
The Trade Act Regulations makes this possible by requiring vessel carriers to transmit the data electronically to the CBP via the Vessel Automated Manifest System (AMS).
With almost 9 million sea containers arriving in the US each year, automation and the use of state-of-the-art technology allows the CBP 'to quickly and efficiently 'risk-target' cargo for potential terrorist threats," the agency said.
The Trade Act of 2002 regulations, which became effective on January 5 made automation mandatory for all modes of transportation, both inbound and outbound. The inbound vessel mode is the first to be affected.
On March 4, inbound vessel cargo information was required to be transmitted electronically. The CBP adopted a progressive enforcement strategy to address violations of the Trade Act Regulations.
Enforcement for bulk carriers, break-bulk carriers, and passenger vessels started on April 2.
The enforcement actions included denial of preliminary entry, issuance of penalties at each port of arrival, and denial of unloading. During the "informed compliance period," the CBP issued warning notices to vessel carriers that arrived in violation of the Trade Act Regulations.
There are no exceptions or waivers to the automation requirement, the CBP said. Ocean carriers that continue to arrive and present paper Inward Cargo Declarations (CBP Form 1302) to CBP in violation of the Trade Act Regulations will be denied permission to unload cargo, the agency said.
However, passenger vessels will be allowed to disembark passengers.
For more information on the Trade Act Final Regulations - 68 FR 68144 - for all modes of transport, please log on to the CBP's website at www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/import/communications_to_industry/advance_info/.
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