U.S. Customs and Border Protection is extending through April 27, 2024, its ongoing tests of the functionality of filing export manifest data for vessel and rail cargo electronically in the Automated Commercial Environment. Applications to participate in these tests will continue to be accepted.

Under these tests participants agree to submit export manifest data to CBP electronically (1) at least 24 hours prior to loading the cargo on the vessel in preparation for departure from the U.S. or (2) at least two hours prior to loading the cargo onto the rail car in preparation for departure from the U.S., or, for empty rail cars, upon assembly of the train.

Mandatory data elements must be provided to CBP under these tests for every shipment and include port of loading or departure, shipper and consignee name and address, and cargo description. Conditional data elements (e.g., marks and numbers and in-bond numbers) are required only if the particular information pertains to the cargo. Optional data elements (e.g., split shipment indicator) may be provided but are not required.

ACE functionality can help importers and others boost compliance and duty savings efforts. For more information, please contact attorney Lenny Feldman via email or at (305) 894-1011.

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