U.S. Customs and Border Protection

On March 1, 2003 the United States Government combined the responsibilities of national border security, compliance and the facilitation of international trade and travel under one agency, U.S. Customs and Border Security (CBP). CBP’s ongoing mission is to safeguard American homeland at and beyond U.S. borders, protect the American public against terror and enforce the laws of the United States while promoting economic security through lawful international trade and travel. A U.S. Customs Modernisation Program was created to improve efficiency, increase effectiveness, and reduce costs for Customs, Carriers and all other parties involved with cross border commercial transactions. The focus of this program is to use modern information technology to effectively meet these objectives. Replacing paper documents with electronic files transmitted instantaneously over the internet allows businesses to streamline their processes, fostering trade and growth in North American commerce.

Since the roll out of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) eManifest program in January 2007, CBP has given highway carriers the ability to electronically pre-file trip, conveyance, crew, equipment and shipment details to CBP before arrival at the border. Before ACE eManifest, CBP manually collected this information when the truck arrived at the border. Border guards would then make decisions regarding the level of inspection required for entry. Now, using ACE eManifest, before the truck arrives at the border CBP has already supplied the border guards with the information they need to make inspection decisions. When the truck arrives at the border the border guard verifies the information previously submitted electronically and can process the crossing with minimal delays.

On the surface ACE eManifest may appear as more red tape, however in practice this tool has allowed improved border screening while reducing crossing time for commercial carriers. As a third party service provider, eManifest Service Centre is in a position to help your business develop the best CBP eManifest solution for your particular needs.  We will help make ACE eManifest easy for you!

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