e-Manifest

Beginning May 24, 2007, all truck carriers are required to electronically submit manifests detailing cargo and carrier information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection prior to arrival at Michigan and New York land border ports.

CBP intends to exercise discretion during the initial enforcement phase by issuing “informed compliance” notices to carriers that arrive without submitting or attempting to submit an e-manifest. These notices will alert truck carriers to a violation of the Trade Act of 2002, which requires submission of advance electronic cargo information.

On July 23, 2007, CBP will begin fully enforcing the mandatory e-manifest policy by denying a permit to proceed to any carrier that arrives at a Michigan or New York land border port without submitting or attempting to submit an e-manifest.

For a short period during the full enforcement phase, CBP plans to continue exercising limited enforcement discretion for carriers that attempt to file e-manifests. Following this period of transition, CBP will deny a permit to proceed for any truck that arrives at a Michigan or New York land border port without first successfully transmitting an e-manifest for that trip. Monetary penalties of up to $10,000 may also be issued.

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