On 22nd July, American Shipper published an article saying that US Customs and Border Protection aims to remove the remaining paper from the export manifest process and make more efficient use of this data to target threats in the outbound supply chain, and it reports on various pilot projects using electronic export manifests (EEM) involving ocean, rail and air carriers, and which require these operators to supply CBP with information about exports prior to loading for departure from the US. The identifying elements for the EEM, which are contained in house bills and waybills, include total quantity and weight, cargo description, shipper name and address, consignee name and address, and departure schedule and port. In addition, the providing house and air waybill numbers are mandatory in EEM. Under the current CBP export manifest filing process for ocean and air cargo, a paper manifest is supplied to CBP by the 4th day after sailing or flight, whereas the EEM will allow for better advanced screening.
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