Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality
Customs requires ship manifest data be public information. As a result, the names of importers and their corresponding suppliers along with details of their shipments has been available to the public via various tools. For years we have advised clients to use a poorly publicized process to remove their information from the public record. This process required the importer to write a letter requesting confidentiality and the processing time was two to three months.
Data confidentiality, once approved, is in force for 24 months after which the importer is required to write another letter to request the same confidentiality.
Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has announced that they are nearing completion of a new electronic portal that will permit importers to request confidentiality on-line. This will not only speed the process by reducing response time to a promised 24 hours, but it will also permit importers to enter all of their various trade names to insure all of their data is confidential.
We recommend our clients to avail themselves of this confidentiality tool. Please look for our further announcements about the implementation of this new process.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak with your KRIEGER worldwide representative.