Beginning January 1, 2019, commercial trucks carrying Section 321 goods will be required to file an advance electronic manifest. Previously, shipments qualifying for Section 321 were exempt from filing an e-manifest as part of a policy decision made by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
A growth in eCommerce over the years coupled with an increased de minimis value has resulted in more shipments released under Section 321. CBP states the lack of e-manifests for these shipments eliminates their “ability to conduct a risk assessment or perform advanced targeting” which results in “slower processing times and longer wait times.”
CBP’s phased approach began November 26, 2018. By January 1, 2019, carriers that do not attempt to comply with the e-manifest requirement will be issued a monetary penalty of $5,000 for the first infraction and $10,000 for subsequent offenses.
Information regarding CBP’s enforcement of e-manifest for Section 321 shipments can be found online in Cargo Systems Messaging Service #18-000656. Additional details regarding e-manifest regulations or Deringer’s e-manifest solutions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.