Mandatory e-manifests are spreading

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As of Thursday, Jan. 25, electronic manifests are mandatory for all trucks entering the United States in Arizona, Washington and the North Dakota ports of Pembina, Neche, Walhalla, Maida, Hannah, Sarles and Hansboro, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced.

“The use of e-manifests will eventually be enforced at all U.S. land border ports,” said Lou Samenfink, executive director of the U.S. Cargo Systems Program Office, on the gradual rollout of the Automated Commercial Environment, or ACE. “Truck carriers entering the U.S. through states where e-manifests are not yet required are encouraged to establish ACE truck carrier accounts as soon as possible. The faster carriers adopt e-manifests, the faster the border crossing process speeds up for everyone.”

Currently, 67 land border ports in Arizona, California, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Washington are using ACE. It was installed most recently in Idaho’s two land border ports on Friday, Jan. 26. Eventually, ACE also will be rolled out for air, rail and seaports.

Carriers can file their own manifests online for free or file through third parties, which may require a fee. More than 100,000 e-manifests have been filed since the first was submitted in 2005. For more information, e-mail CBP at cbp.cspo@dhs.gov or go to the CBP Modernization website.