WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has moved another step closer to having all U.S. ports of entry utilizing the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) e-manifest system by the end of the year.
Effective May 24, truck carriers entering the U.S. through land border ports of entry in the states of Michigan and New York will be required to provide advance cargo information by filing electronic manifests through ACE.
This is the third group of ports to be required to use ACE for the filing of e-manifest.
The more information we have in advance, the more we can protect the homeland and facilitate commerce, said Lou Samenfink, executive director for CBPs Cargo Systems Program Office. With e-manifests, CBP officers are able to pre-screen trucks and shipments, and dedicate more time to inspecting suspicious cargo without delaying the border crossings of legitimate carriers.
The use of ACE for filing e-manifest became mandatory on Jan. 25 at land border ports of entry in Arizona and Washington and the ports of Pembina, Neche, Walhalla, Maida, Hannah, Sarles and Hansboro in North Dakota.
On April 19, ACE will become mandatory at land border ports of entry in California, New Mexico and Texas.
CBP will provide 90 days notice through publication in the Federal Register before requiring the use of ACE.
The remaining ports at which the mandatory use of ACE will be phased in are: the remaining land border ports in the state of North Dakota and all land border ports in the state of Vermont; all land border ports in the states of Idaho and Montana; all land border ports in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Minnesota; and all land border ports in the state of Alaska.