U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will deploy an online application for submitting electronic vessel manifest confidentiality requests tomorrow (May 22, 2020). This enhancement will enable ocean carriers, importers, exporters and consignees utilizing ocean transportation to manage their own confidentiality requests electronically via the online application, located on CBP.gov.
The U.S. Code of Federal Regulation (19 CFR § 103.31) provides for access to and copying of manifests and statistical reporting of imports/export data by the press, newspapers, commercial magazines, trade journals and other types of publications. This includes the name and addresses of the shippers, cargo types, weights and measure of each shipment, carriers, ports of loading and destinations/countries.
However due to privacy concerns, the CFR does allow for interested shippers, importers, or consignees to request that their names, addresses, and marks/numbers to be treated as confidential. Interested parties can get more information and access the vessel manifest confidentiality application digitally.
Learn more by reviewing the Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality Information Notice and by visiting the Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality Webpage. The certifications are valid for a period of two years from the date of approval.
All other technical questions related to the new Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality Request Online Application should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always if you have any further questions or would like assistance with direct filing for your imports, feel free to contact us at email@example.com. We are more than happy to assist you. Source: CBP, CSMS