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ACE Export Manifest Implementation Guides

CBP is working to build an electronic export manifest process to eliminate the costly and time consuming paper process in place today.   An electronic export manifest will allow CBP to identify any issues with the movement of the cargo early on in the supply chain to allow any administrative issues to be corrected before export movement is delayed and better identify compliant shipments earlier in the process.  It will also provide for the identity of any shipments that need examined by CBP electronically to the carrier so they can better plan for the movement and loading of that shipment.  CBP will be developing the export manifest by Modes of Transport (MOT) for: Air, Rail, Ocean and Truck.  These export manifest functionalities will be rolled out as pilots pending publication of Federal Regulation Notices (FRNs) announcing the pilots by MOTs allowing for the filing electronically of export manifest by the trade.  CBP will be working to issue finale regulations requiring the filling of an electronic export manifest over the coming years.

The pilots will be rolled out at selected ports depending on the trade entities that volunteer for the pilots and their locations around the country.  The initial pilot will be concentrating on the goals of receiving electronic data and messaging back to the trade specific statuses on their request.  These message statuses will include but not limited to the following:

  • Bill of Lading (BOL) hold message
  • Bill of Lading (BOL) release message
  • Invalid ITN or ITN exception filing citation
  • Invalid Port code validations
  • Invalid in-bond number
  • ITN on file message (rail only)

These messages will be expanded throughout the pilot as additional validations and edits are identified to be added.  Please refer to the specific MOT below for specifics on the message set anticipated to be supported.

The Air Manifest has been coded in the industry standard message set of Cargo-IMP 32nd Edition.  We are currently coding the industry standard message set of Cargo-XML 2nd Edition and will be coding for an Air CAMIR export manifest set.  CBP is also going to code a XML Unified Multi-Modal Manifest Message set for use with all four MOTs.  The industry standard message sets are administered by IATA and are available through them but we have the below guidance specific to CBP data requirements for these message sets.  The Air CAMIR message set is a draft version and a completed document will be posted by April 2015. The FRN announcing the pilot for air is in draft form and is currently being reviewed by CBP.


The Ocean Manifest will be coded to the current ANSI X12 message set and the Ocean CAMIR message set.  There is also a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) posted along with the instructional guidelines on the CBP website.  CBP is also going to code a XML Unified Multi-Modal Manifest Message set for use with all four MOTs.


Ocean X12

Ocean Export Manifest FAQs

Change Logs

The Rail Manifest will be coded to the industry standard ANSI X12 7010 message set.  CBP is also going to code a XML Unified Multi-Modal Manifest Message set for use with all four MOTs.  The completed message sets are attached.

Rail X12

The Truck export manifest is still being discussed as to how it will be implemented so details will be announced as soon as a decision has been reached.

Last Modified: October 23, 2020