US Customs Update: ACE House Bill Release Process

Today, with a few exceptions, a container cannot be released for de-consolidation until all house bills are in a released status, and the steamship line authorizes the terminal to release the cargo. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is now working on allowing the trade to release shipments by House Bill of Ladings (HBLs).

CBP will work with the advisory board, the Trade Support Network (TSN), with the goal of instituting CBP’s plan for providing release of cargo at a house bill level.

TSN HBL release committee will be charged with the implementation of a new HBL release process so that individual house bills, as part of a consolidated container, can be released on their own merit and not be denied release because another shipment in the consolidation has not been cleared.

This will allow the Master NVOCC the ability to take responsibility for moving the full container to the container freight station (CFS) of its choice and release individual house bills as they are authorized by CBP.

We are excited to say that Vilden Associates has been selected to take part in several HBL sub-groups within the TSN, and we have been providing technical feedback to the TSN In-Bond Enhancements working group. We also continue to participate very actively within the Customs Electronic Systems Action Committee (CESAC) working groups including HBL release, Electronic Export Manifest (EEM), and the NVOCC subcommittee.

Vilden Associates is dedicated to delivering the highest value to our customers by ensuring compliance with the latest rule changes and regulations. Vilden’s eCLEAR customers can be assured that our services will comply with process changes as instituted by the CBP.

If you have any additional questions concerning the upcoming changes to release process, you are welcome to contact us at any time! We will reach out with an update on this subject in the coming weeks.