CBP testing automated pre-note system for trucks

WASHINGTON, (Feb. 9, 2004) — The United States Customs and Border Protection Agency has announced in the Federal Register it will begin accepting carrier applications for a test of the electronic truck manifest system that will be used to comply with new pre-notification rules.

While the CBP pre-note rules went into effect on Jan. 5, 2004, officials have said the rules will not be fully enforced until a new electronic Automated Manifest System — which will be CBP’s preferred method of data transmission — could be put in place at operational border points where shipments would initially arrive in the U.S.

The rules require fleets hauling Free and Secure Trade (FAST)-approved shipments to pre-notify CBP of the load 30 minutes before reaching the border. Non-FAST carriers must submit data at least an hour before arrival.

While the system is not expected to be complete until the fall, CBP is asking cross-border carriers to submit applications for approved registration on the system. Carriers with Internet access who open Truck Carrier Accounts will eventually have the ability to file truck manifest information electronically via the ACE, Secure Data Portal and/or via electronic data interchange (EDI) messaging. It is expected the electronic system will one day replace current line release systems such as Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS) and Border Release and Selectivity System (BRASS).

These Truck Carrier Account-holders will also have access to operational data, receive status messages on ACE Accounts, have access to integrated Account data from multiple system sources, manage and disseminate information in an efficient and secure manner, and obtain release of their cargo, crew, conveyances, and equipment via the ACE Portal or electronic data interchange (EDI) messaging.

For more information contact Mr. Thomas Fitzpatrick of Carrier Accounts, via e-mail at Thomas.Fitzpatrick@dhs.gov.

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