On July 10, 2015 CBP published a Federal Register Notice ( 80 FR 39790) announcing plans to conduct a National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning ACE export manifest capability to facilitate filing of electronic export manifest data for air cargo to ACE. The test will have the following objectives:
- Test functionality for filing export manifest data for air cargo.
- Gauge feasibility of requiring manifest information to be filed electronically within a specified timeframe before cargo is loaded onto an aircraft.
The intent of electronic submissions is to streamline business processes, facilitate growth in trade, ensure cargo security, and foster participation in global commerce, while ensuring compliance with U.S. laws and regulations. Additional benefits include:
- Electronic validation of Internal Transaction Number (ITN) and exemption report on manifest.
- Electronic notification of holds and releases to the carrier.
- Help inform creation of new policy on electronic export manifest.
How to Participate in the Test
Members of the trade community are encouraged to participate in the Air Export Manifest test, which will begin no earlier than August 10, 2015. Specifically, CBP is seeking participation from:
- At least three, but no more than six, air carriers that currently file CBP Form 7509.
- And at least three, but no more than six, freight forwarders.
Participation will be limited to parties able to electronically transmit export manifest data in accordance with CBP’s technical documentation and/or the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Cargo Interchange Message Procedures (Cargo-IMP).
CBP will accept applications from participants until it has received applications from nine parties that meet all test participant requirements. For more details on the test, participant requirements and processes, please refer to the Air Export Manifest FRN for additional information and test criteria (accessible here).