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CBP Seeks Comments on Proposed Extension of Cargo Manifest/Declaration, Stow Plan, Container Status Messages and ISF Collections

Thursday, November 24, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is requesting comments by Jan. 24 on the proposed extension with a change to the burden hours of the cargo manifest/declaration, stow plan, container status messages and importer security filing. A summary of each of these information collections is provided below.

CBP Form 1302 - The master or commander of a vessel arriving in the U.S. from abroad with cargo on board must file CBP Form 1302, Inward Cargo Declaration, or submit the information on this form using a CBP-approved electronic equivalent. CBP Form 1302 is part of the manifest requirements for vessels entering the U.S. and was agreed upon by treaty at the United Nations Inter-government Maritime Consultative Organization.

CBP Form 1302A - The master or commander of a vessel departing from the U.S. must file CBP Form 1302A, Cargo Declaration Outward With Commercial Forms, with copies of bills of lading or equivalent commercial documents relating to all cargo encompassed by the manifest.

CBP Form 7509 - The aircraft commander or agent must file two copies of CBP Form 7509, Air Cargo Manifest, with CBP at the departure airport or respondents may submit the information on this form using a CBP-approved electronic equivalent. The form contains information about the cargo onboard the aircraft.

CBP Form 7533 - 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.

Manifest Confidentiality - An importer or consignee may request confidential treatment of its name and address contained in manifests by following the procedure set forth in 19 CFR 103.31.

Vessel Stow Plan - For all vessels transporting goods to the U.S., except for any vessel exclusively carrying bulk cargo, the incoming carrier is required to electronically submit a vessel stow plan no later than 48 hours after the vessel departs from the last foreign port which includes information about the vessel and cargo. For voyages less than 48 hours in duration, CBP must receive the vessel stow plan prior to arrival at the first port in the U.S.

Container Status Messages - For all containers destined to arrive within the limits of a U.S. port from a foreign port by vessel, the incoming carrier must submit messages regarding the status of the events if the carrier creates or collects a container status message in its equipment tracking system reporting that event. CSMs must be transmitted to CBP via a CBP-approved electronic data interchange system. These messages transmit information regarding events such as the status of a container (full or empty), booking a container destined to arrive in the U.S., loading or unloading a container from a vessel, and a container arriving or departing the U.S.

Importer Security Filing - For most cargo arriving in the U.S. by vessel, the importer or its authorized agent must submit the data elements listed in 19 CFR 149.3 via a CBP-approved electronic interchange system within prescribed time frames. Transmission of these data elements provide CBP with advanced information about the shipment.

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