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CBP Updates Information Collections to Reflect Electronic Export Manifest Tests

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is requesting comments by July 10 on the proposed extension of the cargo manifest/declaration, stow plan, container status messages and importer security filing. CBP is not proposing any changes to these information collections but is proposing to add burden hours for four new collections: electronic ocean, air and rail export manifests and the vessel stow plan for exports. A summary of each of these information collections is provided below.

Inward Cargo Declaration. 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.

Outward Cargo Declaration. 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.

Electronic Ocean Export Manifest. CBP will begin this year a pilot to electronically collect ocean export manifest information in advance via the Automated Export System within the Automated Commercial Environment. The data elements to be transmitted may include the following: mode of transportation (containerized or non-containerized vessel), name of ship or vessel, nationality of ship, name of master, port of loading, port of discharge, bill of lading number (master and house), bill of lading type (master, house, simple or sub), number of house bills of lading, marks and numbers, container numbers, seal numbers, number and kind of packages, description of goods, gross weight (lb. or kg.), measurements (per HTSUS), shipper name and address, consignee name and address, notify party name and address, country of ultimate destination, in-bond number, internal transaction number or AES exemption statement, split shipment indicator, portion of split shipment, hazmat indicator, UN number, Chemical Abstract Service Registry number, and vehicle identification number or product identification number.

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

Electronic Air Export Manifest. CBP will begin this year a pilot to electronically collect air export manifest information in advance via ACE’s AES. The data elements to be transmitted may include the following: exporting carrier, marks of nationality and registration, flight number, port of lading, port of unlading, scheduled date of departure, consolidator, de-consolidator, air waybill type (master, house, simple or sub), air waybill number, number of pieces and unit of measure, weight (kg./lb.), number of house air waybills, shipper name and address, consignee name and address, cargo description, AES internal transaction number or AES exemption statement/exception classification, split air waybill indicator, hazmat indicator, UN number, in-bond number and mode of transportation (containerized or non-containerized).

Inward Cargo Manifest. 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.

Electronic Rail Export Manifest. CBP will begin this year a pilot to electronically collect rail export manifest information in advance via ACE’s AES. The data elements to be transmitted may include the following: mode of transportation (rail, containerized or rail, non-containerized), port of departure from the U.S., date of departure, manifest number, train number, rail car order, car locator message, hazmat indicator, six-character hazmat code, marks and numbers, SCAC for export carrier, shipper name and address, consignee name and address, place where the rail carrier takes possession of the cargo shipment or empty rail car, port of unlading, country of ultimate destination, equipment type code, container number (for containerized shipments) or rail car number (for all other shipments), empty indicator, bill of lading numbers (master and house), bill of lading type (master, house, simple or sub), numbers of house bills of lading, notify party name and address, AES internal transaction numbers or AES exemption statement, cargo description, weight of cargo (lb. or kg.), quantity of cargo and unit of measure, seal number, split shipment indicator, portion of split shipment, in-bond number and Mexican pedimento number.

Manifest Confidentiality. An importer or consignee (inward) or a shipper (outward) 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 no later than 48 hours after the vessel departs the last foreign port a vessel stow plan that 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.

CBP will begin this year a pilot to electronically collect a vessel stow plan for vessels transporting goods from the U.S., except those exclusively carrying bulk cargo. The exporting carrier will electronically submit a vessel stow plan in advance.

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.

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