Effective May 24, truck carriers entering the United States through land border ports of entry in New York and Michigan must provide advance cargo information by filing electronic manifests through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Truck Manifest System. This is the third group of ports to be required to use ACE for the filing of e-manifest.
“The more information we have in advance, the more we can protect the homeland and facilitate commerce,” says Lou Samenfink, executive director of the Customs and Border Patrol’s Cargo Systems Program Office. “With e-manifests, CBP officers are able to pre-screen trucks and shipments, and dedicate more time to inspecting suspicious cargo without delaying the border crossings of legitimate carriers.”
The use of ACE for filing e-manifests became mandatory on Jan. 25 at land border ports of entry in Arizona and Washington and the ports of Pembina, Neche, Walhalla, Maida, Hannah, Sarles and Hansboro in North Dakota. On April 19, ACE will become mandatory at land border ports of entry in California, New Mexico and Texas.
CBP will provide 90 days’ notice through publication in the Federal Register before requiring the use of ACE. “We will always test the system and always notify the public at least 90 days before we make the use of ACE mandatory,” says Samenfink. For information regarding ACE, visit the CBP Modernization website.