On March 4th, 2004, the date advance notification on air cargo shipments was scheduled to go into effect, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the new schedule for compliance. Published in the Federal Register, the CBP announcement set up three deadlines for notification rules to be phased in. The first deadline is August 13th and covers 17 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
"The new schedule will allow CBP to modify certain critical aspects of Air AMS (Automated Manifest System), train all CBP officers that process imported air cargo on those changes, and certify the software of new participants," said Robert C. Bonner, CBP Commissioner.
CBP will complete the necessary changes to Air AMS in May, said Commissioner Bonner. This will be followed by a 90-day certification testing period. The scheduled phase in at U.S. airports is:
August 13, 2004: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
October 13, 2004: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin
December 13, 2004: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington