E-manifests now required in Maine, Minnesota

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All truck carriers now are required to submit manifests electronically to U.S. Customs before arriving at Maine and Minnesota land border entry ports.

The e-manifests detailing cargo and carrier information became mandatory at these ports Oct. 16. During initial enforcement, Customs will issue “informed compliance” warnings to violators.

On Dec. 16, Customs will begin to deny admittance to any carrier that arrives without submitting or attempting to submit an e-manifest. An e-manifest cover sheet may be accepted as initial proof of the attempt. Attempts no longer will be good enough, and maximum penalties of $10,000 will begin to be issued, no sooner than Jan. 16.

The agency began making e-manifests mandatory at land border ports earlier this year in accordance with the Trade Act of 2002.