E-manifests soon to be required at Idaho, Montana ports

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection in this week’s Federal Register states that effective Aug. 6, truck carriers entering the United States through all land border ports in Idaho and Montana will be required to file electronic manifests through the Automated Commercial Environment Truck Manifest system. ACE is the next generation of CBP technology designed to curb terrorist attacks and to ensure the country’s economic vitality by expediting lawful trade.

The Trade Act of 2002 and implementing regulations mandate the e-manifest. To comply with this requirement and to begin filing e-manifests with CBP, carriers are encouraged to establish an ACE carrier account or complete CBP software compatibility testing to file via electronic data interchange, or contact a customs broker, service provider or other authorized filer to discuss how to submit e-manifests.

Currently, filing of e-manifests is required at all southern land border ports of entry. On May 24, the e-manifest mandate will be expanded to land border ports in Michigan and New York. It will be expanded on July 12 to land border ports in Vermont, New Hampshire and 11 ports in North Dakota. Eventually, the transmission of advance electronic truck cargo information through ACE will be required at all land border ports.

Before requiring e-manifest filing at ports of entry, CBP will provide 90 days notice through the Federal Register. For more information, visit the CBP legal website and select Federal Register Notices 2007.