Customs formalities

Safmarine is committed to secure operations and compliance with all Customs rules and authorities.

U.S Customs & Border Protection “10 + 2 Initiative”

In addition to the current data elements specified under the 24-Hour Rule, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) proposes to require an additional set of data elements 24 hours prior to vessel loading.

Ten data elements are to be submitted by importers or their agents by a yet to be determined system.  Among the options being discussed are the AMS [Automated Manifest System], and ABI [Automated Broker Interface – a U.S. Customs Broker clearance system].

The following 10 data elements were selected because of their probative value and because of their ready availability in current logistics processes. They include: 

  • Manufacturer name and address
  • Seller name and address
  • Container stuffing location
  • Consolidator name and address
  • Buyer name and address
  • “Ship to” name and address
  • Importer of record number
  • Consignee number
  • Country of origin of the goods
  • Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule number

In addition to the data elements outlined above, CBP will require ocean carriers to provide two additional data sets to complete the security filing:

Vessel Stow Plan

  • Provided to U.S. Customs by the vessel operator after vessel leaves the last foreign port, before it arrives in U.S. This will allow CBP to check each container stowed on the vessel against the containers which have been manifested to meet the 24 hour rule to ensure all cargo has been reported.
  • Stow Plan
  • Container Status Messages

Container Status Messages (CSM’s)

  • Container movements from the time a container is associated with a U.S. booking, until container gates out for delivery.

For more information, visit the Security Filing (10+2) page.

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