U.S. Customs and Border Protection advised on November 5th, 2018 via the Cargo Systems Messaging Service, that due to an increase in the number of articles eligible for Section 321 release, they are no longer able to conduct a risk assessment or perform advance targeting within the Automated Targeting System (ATS). To avoid the delays that these issues cause, U.S. CBP will require commercial truck shipments containing Section 321 merchandise to file an advance electronic manifest per the guidelines from the Trade Act of 2002, beginning on January 1, 2019.
Beginning on November 26th, 2018, U.S. Customs will start a phased approach for non-compliance. Commercial shipments where the electronic manifest was not sent will be referred to a secondary review center for processing. Beginning January 1st, 2019, penalties for carriers who make no attempt to comply with the new requirement could be assessed at rate of $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for subsequent offenses.
There are multiple ways to submit a 321 manifest. For online information, please visit the U.S. CBP website. Reference guides are available in both Spanish and English. For information specific to truck manifest click here.
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