Customs, FMCSA to test new pre-note e-manifest program

| Thursday, September 16, 2004

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, plans to test the pre-notification rules of automated truck manifest data.

The test involves pre-selected truck carriers who will open accounts to transmit electronic manifest data and obtain release of their cargo, crew, conveyances and equipment.

As part of the pre-notification rule, shipments approved under the Free and Secure Trade, or FAST program, must transmit the data to Customs no later than 30 minutes before reaching the border. Non-FAST carriers must submit data at least an hour before arrival.

At the initial stages of the test, truck manifest data will be transmitted for conveyances crossing at the ports of Surrey, British Columbia, and Blaine, WA; and Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, NY.

Subsequent deployment will occur at Lacolle, Quebec, and Champlain, NY; Windsor, Ontario and Detroit; Laredo, TX; and Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, MI.

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