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» guesT VieWPoinT ace e-Manifest enhances sea and rail security The technology allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection to examine the right cargo, as opposed to more cargo By James Swanson ACE Liaison in the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations s eptember 11, 2011, changed the way U.S. Customs and Border protection (CBp) does business. advance access to manifest information became critical to the flow of trade and for national security. examining the right cargo, as opposed to more cargo, allows CBp to dedicate its time to high-risk shipments without delaying the flow of legitimate goods. a key piece of CBp’s risk-based layered defense was the development of the automated Commercial environment (aCe) electronic manifest, or e-Manifest. Introduced initially for the truck mode of transportation, then expanded to rail and sea shipments, e-Manifest is dramatically enhancing the CBp’s ability to secure the border while facilitating trade. It provides the U.S. government and the international trade community more information regarding the shipment and release of incoming cargo. this helps CBp, other federal agencies and the international trade community to operate more efficiently. e-Manifest has been quite a success largely due to the close coordination and partnership between CBp and the trade community. e-Manifest more easily identifies shipments that may pose a risk and expedites the pre-arrival processing and release of legitimate cargo. Before the deployment of e-Manifest: rail and Sea, CBp only had enough information to place holds at the master and house bill of lading level, meaning rail and sea cargo could potentially have been unnecessarily held for further investigation. Now, CBp personnel can place holds at the vessel, master and house bill of lading level. the streamlined processes by which CBp and/or other federal agencies place and remove holds allows suspicious containers to be held while the balance of the shipments are processed and released. this improves cargo security, expedites processing, and provides greater flexibility and time savings. By the end of 2013, working with trade partners, CBp expects to have the capability to issue cargo holds at the container level, further facilitating trade through the faster release of legitimate cargo. to implement e-Manifest, CBp worked closely with both the trade and partner government agencies. CBp and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) successfully completed a joint pilot of e-Manifest: rail and Sea in May 2012. the new capability automated the USCG’s manual processing system and provided an interface with aCe data to increase efficiencies, improve targeting and maximize resources. Now that the system is fully deployed, other federal agencies benefit from enhanced visibility of cargo status through new shipment status advisory messages and more descriptive hold status notifications. CBp created approximately 400 new notifications, 300 A CBP Officer directs a truck with a seaport container to an inspection area at a port. of which are for pGas, which electronically communicate actions needed, and allow the government to be more focused and efficient. other key features of e-Manifest: rail and Sea include extending broker download to the sea environment and increasing the number of possible Secondary Notify parties to 25. additional reporting features provide 12 new reports for rail and sea carriers, along with seven new reports for brokers and two for importers. CBp officers can now send a status notification to carriers and subsequent secondary notify parties, such as port authorities, when a paperless master in-bond has been deleted by the carrier or send a hold notification when a new notify party is added. CBp has also improved processes using the aCe Secure Data portal, which is available to carriers, filers, importers and CBp officers. the aCe Secure Data portal enables carriers to create a list of trade partners who are authorized to use their custodial bond (in-bond authorization), run aCe manifest reports, create an account based on the company’s organizational structure including subsidiaries, and attach electronic information to respond to CBp on compliance and operational issues. CBp officers can use the aCe Secure Data portal for a consolidated view of entry, manifest, and risk assessment information for rail and sea shipments, as well as an improved stow plan, to make more informed cargo processing decisions. effective September 29, 2012, CBp successfully transitioned all ocean and rail carriers to aCe e-Manifest: rail and Sea. CBp decommissioned the legacy rail and sea manifest processing system in December 2012. Future aCe development will incorporate air manifest, bringing CBp, pGas and the trade community closer to multimodal electronic manifest processing. ● suMMer 2013 31

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Summer 2013

AA PA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Sourcing Near and Far
Partnering at Home to Encourage Trade Growth
Cruise Info on the Go
Community Ties
AA PA Gathers in D.C. for Spring Conference
Washington Poised to be Leader in Global Economy
Creating Agile Supply Chain Networks in Today’s Fast-Changing World
TTI: Costs of Delaying Channel Maintenance are High
Improving Safety and Efficiency through PORTS®
Seaports are at the Forefront of Export Growth
ACE E-Manifest Enhances Sea and Rail Security
Port Metro Vancouver Smart Fleet Trucking Strategy to Drive Efficiency, Reliability
The Buenaventura Container Terminal Invests $3.5 Million in Cargo Verification System
RFID Tags Promote Growth, Efficiency at GPA
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2013