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US CBP to roll out online tool to request vessel manifest data confidentiality

IMPORTERS and exporters will be able in the 'coming months' to submit their vessel manifest confidentiality requests to US Customs and Border Protection (CBF), using a new automated tool that will 'enable companies and individuals to manage their own confidentiality requests electronically via an online process', a CBP notice said

US CBP to roll out online tool to request vessel manifest data confidentiality

IMPORTERS and exporters will be able in the 'coming months' to submit their vessel manifest confidentiality requests to US Customs and Border Protection (CBF), using a new automated tool that will 'enable companies and individuals to manage their own confidentiality requests electronically via an online process', a CBP notice said

01 September 2019 - 19:00

IMPORTERS and exporters will be able in the 'coming months' to submit their vessel manifest confidentiality requests to US Customs and Border Protection (CBF), using a new automated tool that will 'enable companies and individuals to manage their own confidentiality requests electronically via an online process', a CBP notice said.

At present US importers and exporters have to contact CBP's Vessel Manifest Confidentiality Programme Office by email, fax or mail to request that their names and addresses on inbound and outbound vessel manifests be withheld from public view. It can take 60 to 90 days for the agency to process such requests.



'The new enhancement will automate this process via an online tool, located on CBP.gov, reducing the processing time of confidentiality requests to as little as 24 hours,' the agency was cited as saying in a report by American Shipper.



CBP said the new online tool will allow importers and exporters to 'directly input all applicable name variations into the Vessel Manifest Confidentiality request tool'.



CBP's vessel manifest data, which is compiled daily, is available to the public for purchase and supplied on CD-ROMs. These CD-ROMs are available for specific days or on a subscription basis. Those importers or exporters that have requested confidential treatment of their shipment data in the manifests are not included.



The vessel manifest data includes vessel country codes, names and numbers; port of unlading; estimated arrival dates; bill of lading numbers; foreign ports of lading; manifest quantities and units; weight and weight unit; shipper names and addresses (unless confidential); consignee names and addresses (unless confidential); notify party names and addresses (unless confidential); piece counts; descriptions of goods; container numbers; and seal numbers.


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