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U.S. Customs unveils shipment pre-notification demands

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expected to reveal its reworked proposals for shipment pr...

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expected to reveal its reworked proposals for shipment pre-notification Wed. July 23.

The news comes courtesy of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA).

Carriers of all modes must electronically pre-notify U.S. Customs before their truck, train, aircraft or vessel arrives in the U.S. They must also pre-notify U.S. Customs before they export cargo, CIFFA reports in its newsletter this morning, citing a U.S. news source.

The new rules are to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. There will be a 30-day period for comments upon their release, and they are expected to go into effect Oct. 21.

The new rules are expected to provide the following pre-notification times for carriers:

Motor carriers
* Imports: 30 minutes to 1 hour before arrival, depending on which reporting systems they use.
* Exports: One hour prior to arrival at the border using AES.

* Imports: Two hours before arrival at the U.S. border using Rail AMS.
* Exports: Four hours before a locomotive is connected to a train that is due to depart for Canada or Mexico using AES.

Air carriers
* Imports: At “wheels up” for cargo that originates in the Americas north of the Equator. All other cargo, four hours before arrival in the U.S. Both use the Air AMS system.
* Exports: Two hours before departure using AES.

* Imports: Virtually no change from the current 24-hour rule, except cargo data must be filed electronically using the Automated Manifest System (AMS).
* Exports: 24 hours before the vessel departs using the Census Bureau’s Automated Export System (AES). Licensed exports must give 72 hours advance notice.

Although, as the industry expected, there will be no escaping the need to pre-notify, U.S. Customs appears to have listened to industry concerns and strayed away for its much more demanding strawman proposals issued earlier this year.

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