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CBP Soon to Deploy a New Tool to Protect Your Manifest Data

Staff | M.E. Dey & Co.

In a recent Trade Information Notice, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that they will deploy a new automated tool for submitting Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality.

The Code of Federal Regulation Title 19 (19 CFR §103.31), allows for information and data appearing on outward and inward manifests to be disclosed to interested members of the public. Most importantly, among the 22 data elements published, are description of the goods, the shipper’s name and address, consignee’s name and address and notify parties name and address.

Currently, importers, broker, carriers and consignees have the ability to submit requests to protect manifest data from public access and publication (19 CFR §103.31(c)). The current process for requesting confidentiality is done through submitting a letter by mail or through email. In the request, the names provided must exactly match the importer, exporter or consignee name as it is entered electronically by trade or their carrier/filing party in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Each request for confidentiality is limited to ten (10) variations of a name. CBP will enter the confidentiality request exactly as provided. The confidentiality request must be renewed every two (2) years, and must be submitted at least 60-90 days prior to expiration of the current approval.

The new automated process will enable companies and individuals to manage their own confidentiality requests electronically via an online process on and will reduce the time for processing requests to as little as 24 hours. Importers and exporters will be able to directly input and manage all applicable variations of a company name into the Vessel Manifest Confidentiality request tool.

If you are not protecting your manifest data, your information is available to any interested party; including your competitors. This new process will automate and streamline the process to protect your data.