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Required Advance Electronic Presentation of Cargo Information for Truck Carriers: ACE Truck Manifest

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AGENCY:

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

Pursuant to section 343(a) of the Trade Act of 2002 and implementing regulations published in December, 2003, truck carriers and other eligible parties were directed to transmit advance electronic truck cargo information to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) through a CBP-approved electronic data interchange (EDI). This notice announces that CBP is designating the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Truck Manifest System as the approved EDI for the transmission of the required data and that the requirement that advance electronic truck cargo information be transmitted through ACE will be phased in by groups of ports of entry identified in this document.

DATES:

Trucks entering the United States through all ports of entry in the states of Washington and Arizona and through the ports of Pembina, Neche, Walhalla, Maida, Hannah, Sarles and Hansboro in North Dakota will be required to transmit the advance information through the ACE Truck Manifest system effective January 25, 2007. ACE will be phased in as the mandatory transmission system for the other ports identified in this notice in the sequential order that they are listed, following publication of 90 days notice in the Federal Register for each group of ports.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

James Swanson, Field Operations, (202) 344-2576.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Section 343(a) of the Trade Act of 2002, as amended (the Act; 19 U.S.C. 2071 note), required that CBP promulgate regulations providing for the mandatory transmission of electronic cargo information by way of a CBP-approved electronic data interchange (EDI) system before the cargo is brought into or departs the United States by any mode of commercial transportation (sea, air, rail or truck). The cargo information required is that which is reasonably necessary to enable high-risk shipments to be identified for purposes of ensuring cargo safety and security and preventing smuggling pursuant to the laws enforced and administered by CBP.

On December 5, 2003, CBP published in the Federal Register (68 FR 68140) a final rule to effectuate the provisions of the Act. In particular, a new § 123.92 (19 CFR 123.92) was added to the regulations to implement the inbound truck cargo provisions. Section 123.92 describes the general requirement that, in the case of any inbound truck required to report its arrival under § 123.1(b), if the truck will have commercial cargo aboard, CBP must electronically receive certain information regarding that cargo through a CBP-approved EDI system no later than 1 hour prior to the carrier's reaching the first port of arrival in the United States. For truck carriers arriving with shipments qualified for clearance under the FAST (Free and Secure Trade) program, § 123.92 provides that CBP must electronically receive such cargo information through the CBP-approved EDI system no later than 30 minutes prior to the carrier's reaching the first port of arrival in the United States.

ACE Truck Manifest Test

On September 13, 2004, CBP published a general notice in the Federal Register (69 FR 55167) announcing a test allowing participating Truck Carrier Accounts to transmit electronic manifest data for inbound cargo through ACE, with any such transmissions automatically complying with advance cargo information requirements as provided in section 343(a) of the Trade Act of 2002. Truck Carrier Accounts participating in the test have the ability to electronically transmit the truck manifest data and obtain release of their cargo, crew, conveyances, and equipment via the ACE Portal or electronic data interchange messaging.

A series of notices have announced additional deployments of the test, with deployment sites being phased in as clusters. Clusters were announced in subsequent notices published in the Federal Register including: 70 FR 30964, published on May 31, 2005; 70 FR 43892, published on July 29, 2005; 70 FR 60096, published on October 14, 2005; 71 FR 3875, published on January 24, 2006; and 71 FR 23941, published on April 25, 2006.

The use of ACE to transmit advance electronic truck cargo information will not be required in any port in which CBP has not first conducted the test. ACE will be phased in as the required transmission system at some ports even while it is still being tested at other ports. CBP will continue, as necessary, to announce in subsequent notices in the Federal Register the deployment of the ACE truck manifest system test at additional ports.

Designation of ACE Truck Manifest System as the Approved Data Interchange System

Throughout the deployment process, CBP and system users from the trade have expended considerable resources in a collaborative effort to test the ACE Truck Manifest System. This collaboration has helped correct operational difficulties, improve processing times, and develop system enhancements not present in the original configuration. Full implementation of the enhancements will occur over the next few months. Accordingly, CBP has determined that the ACE Truck Manifest System should be mandated for all and is the approved EDI system for transmission of the advance information required pursuant to section 343(a) of the Trade Act of 2002 and the implementing regulations.

Section 123.92(e) of the regulations (19 CFR 123.92(e)) requires CBP, 90 days prior to mandating advance electronic information at a port of entry, to publish notice in the Federal Register informing affected carriers that the EDI system is in place and fully operational. Effective 90 days from the date of publication of this notice, truck carriers entering the United States through all ports of entry in the states of Washington and Arizona and through the ports of Pembina, Neche, Walhalla, Maida, Hannah, Sarles and Hansboro in North Dakota, will be required to present advance electronic cargo information regarding truck cargo through the ACE Truck Manifest. CBP will be publishing notice in the Federal Register as it phases in the requirement that truck carriers utilize the ACE system to present advance electronic truck cargo information at other ports.

Although other systems that have been deemed acceptable by CBP for transmitting advance truck manifest data will continue to operate and may still be used in the normal course of business for purposes other than transmitting advance truck manifest data, use of systems other than ACE will no longer satisfy advance electronic cargo information requirements at a particular port of entry once the 90-day notice for that port has been published and the 90-day period has elapsed.

Compliance Sequence

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Subsequently, ACE will continue to be phased in as the mandatory EDI system, at the ports identified below in the sequential order of the group in which they are listed. As mandatory ACE is phased in at these remaining ports, CBP will provide 90 days' notice through publication in the Federal Register prior to requiring the use of ACE for the transmission of advance electronic truck cargo information at a particular group of ports.

The remaining ports at which the mandatory use of ACE will continue to be phased in are divided into 5 groups, listed in sequential order, as follows:

1. All ports of entry in the states of Michigan, Texas, California, New Mexico, and New York.

2. All ports of entry in the states of Vermont and Alaska.

3. All ports in the states of Maine, Idaho, and Montana.

4. All remaining ports in the state of North Dakota (those not identified as having a specific compliance date).

5. All ports in the state of Minnesota.

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Dated: October 23, 2006.

Deborah J. Spero,

Acting Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection.

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[FR Doc. E6-17998 Filed 10-26-06; 8:45 am]

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