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Ocean House BL (OHBOL) Release

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Ocean House Bill Release - What You Need To Know


The Ocean House Bill (OHBOL) allows importers and their authorized agents/brokers to submit cargo release information electronically via the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, speeding up the clearance process and reducing paperwork.


OHBOL Release will give importers and brokers the ability to file U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authorized movements directly against an ocean house bill, instead of filing against a master bill of lading.

On June 4, 2023, CBP will deploy the OHBOL enhancements to the ACE environment. OHBOL will implement functionality within ACE to release ocean cargo at the lowest shipment level.


CBP authorized movement at the house bill level can be partial or full bill quantity.


The OHBOL can be used to release full container load (FCL) and less than container load (LCL) shipments.


OHBOL will be automatically checked against CBP's databases to ensure compliance with import regulations and to identify any potential security risks. If the information is complete and compliant, the system will generate a message indicating that the shipment is released and can be picked up by the importer or its agent.


If the system identifies any issues or discrepancies in the information, it will generate an alert, and the importer or its agent will need to take corrective action before the shipment can be released.


The OHBOL Release is part of CBP's broader effort to modernize and streamline its processes. We urge anyone preparing import documentation to to educate and begin the transition early!

Vilden Associates has been working with U.S. Customs on OHBR service implementation, and can help you today.


Take advantage of the opportunity to refine your business process and modify your internal workflow, and be completely prepared ahead of any future filing requirement.

Read more technical/detailed information about the OHBOL on CBP's website.


Click here to download the latest OHBOL Release Update PDF from 2.13.2023

If you have any additional questions on these upcoming changes or need help navigating and filing with US Customs, contact us today!

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