Cargo Processing Suspended at El Paso Bridge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that as of Sept. 18 it has temporarily suspended cargo processing at the Bridge of the Americas port of entry in El Paso, Texas. CBP states that during this suspension members of the trade community may consider the nearby Ysleta, Santa Teresa, or Marcelino Serna (Tornillo) cargo facilities as alternative entry points.

The BOTA cargo lot is typically open from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, CBP states that this facility is currently needed to help process non-citizens who have arrived between ports of entry.

CBP states that it will work to return to normal operations at this location as quickly as feasible.

Deadline for Cargo Declarations Extended Again

CBP has extended again, from Oct. 1 to April 1, 2024, the date on which CBP form 1302A (Cargo Declaration – Outward with Commercial Forms) will no longer be able to be filed in the Document Imaging System.

CBP has allowed this form to be filed in the DIS since March 2012 as an interim step toward the development of a full electronic export ocean manifest. Since October 2015 CBP has been conducting a pilot program (currently slated to expire in April 2024) allowing carriers to submit export manifest data elements electronically in the Automated Commercial Environment.

CBP now states that due to increased participation in this pilot it is allowing more time for trade participants to file form 1302A in the DIS so they have time to adequately program and test with their CBP client representatives.

CBP states that trade participants currently programming and testing should work toward submitting 100 percent electronic export manifests by April 1, 2024, and that submitting form 1302A will no longer be required in paper or via DIS once the carrier(s) are submitting 100 percent EEM.

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