Truckers who cross the Canadian border into New York or
Michigan will be required to file their manifests electronically beginning May
The Automated Commercial Environment, known as ACE, requires
all truckers and trucking companies, including owner-operators, to send cargo
manifests to border officials electronically before crossing into the U.S.,
regardless of origin or destination.
Ports of entry in the two states join a growing list of
locations where the electronic cargo manifests are to be mandatory for all trucks
crossing the border.
The Department of Homeland Security is in the process of
phasing in the mandatory program for all 99 land border crossings.
Arizona, Washington, and North Dakota have been using the
new system since Jan. 25. Texas, California and New Mexico crossing points will
implement mandatory ACE requirements by April 12.
The goal of the program, according to DHS Web site, is to
allow customs agents to pre-screen cargo to enhance and speed up secure border
Truckers and companies can hire an approved third-party
vendor to set up their ACE accounts and send the electronic manifests on their