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US announces update on requirements for maritime cargo

Ti, 25/Nov/2008

 

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) yesterday (November 24) published new information requirements for maritime cargo carriers and importers involved in shipping goods into the US.

 

"The Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements interim final rule will require maritime cargo carriers and importers to submit additional data to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before vessels are permitted entry into the country," explained the DHS.

 

"The rule requires carriers to submit a vessel stow plan and container status messages under certain scenarios where cargo containers are destined for the US. The rule also requires importers or their agents to submit an Importer Security Filing (ISF) with eight data elements, no later than 24 hours before the cargo is laden aboard a vessel destined for the US."

 

Those eight elements, continued the DHS, were:

  1. Seller;
  2. Buyer;
  3. Importer of record number/foreign trade zone applicant identification number;
  4. Consignee number(s);
  5. Manufacturer (or supplier);
  6. Ship to party;
  7. Country of origin;
  8. Commodity Harmonised Tariff Schedule of the US (HTSUS) number.

 

"The rule provides flexibility for importers with respect to the submission of four of these data elements. In lieu of a single specific response, importers may submit a range of responses for each of the following data elements: manufacturer (or supplier), ship to party, country of origin and commodity HTSUS number. The ISF must be updated as soon as more accurate or precise data becomes available and no later than 24 hours prior to the ship's arrival at a US port."

 

The DHS said the ISF would also need to include two data elements that must be submitted as early as possible and no later than 24 hours prior to the ship's arrival at a US port. Those data elements were:

  1. Container stuffing location;
  2. Consolidator.

 

"In addition, the interim final rule requires five data elements in the ISF for shipments consisting entirely of foreign cargo remaining on board (FROB), shipments consisting entirely of goods intended to be transported in-bond as an immediate exportation (IE), or shipments for transportation and exportation (T&E)," continued the DHS.

 

"Importer Security Filings for IE and T&E shipments must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the cargo is laden aboard a vessel destined for the US and any time prior to lading for FROB shipments."

 

The DHS said the following five data elements must be submitted for FROB, IE and T&E shipments:

  1. Booking party;
  2. Foreign port of unlading;
  3. Place of delivery;
  4. Ship to party;
  5. Commodity HTSUS number.

 

The DHS said the CBP had made several significant changes from the originally proposed rule based on public and stakeholder feedback. The interim final rule included a delayed compliance date of 12 months after the interim final rule took effect. "During this 12-month period, CBP will show restraint in enforcing the rule."

 

The DHS added that the Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements interim final rule had been submitted to the US Federal Register and would take effect 60 days after publication.


 
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