Customs Sets Advance Notice for All Modes

Under the Trade Act of 2002, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is required to develop requirements for advance notification of shipments bound for the U.S. by any mode. On Wednesday, July 23rd, CBP issued regulations for the modes not included in the earlier Container Security Initiative's 24-hour advance manifest rule which covers ocean container shipments.

Imports by air or courier will require electronic submission of manifest data four hours prior to arrival in the U.S. or "wheels up" from certain nearby areas.

Imports by rail will require two hours' notice prior to arrival at the U.S. port of entry.

Ocean vessels will require filing 24 hours prior to lading at the foreign port. Motor carriage has two tracks. FAST-compliant shipments will require filing 30 minutes prior to arrival in the U.S. Non-FAST shipments will require notice one hour prior to arrival in the U.S. Exports also require notification. Air and courier shipments will require two hours' notice prior to scheduled departure from the U.S. Rail will require notice four hours prior to attachment of the engine to go foreign. Vessel shipments will require 24 hours' notice prior to departure of the vessel. And truck shipments will require notice one hour prior to arrival at the border.

The full text of the regulations is available at the Customs and Border Protection Web site: www.cbp.gov

The public has 30 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register to submit comments to CBP on the proposals.

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