To help prevent terrorist weapons from being transported to the United States, vessel carriers bringing cargo to the United States are required to transmit certain information to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about the cargo they are transporting prior to lading that cargo at foreign ports of entry.
This interim final rule requires both importers and carriers to submit additional information pertaining to cargo to CBP before the cargo is brought into the United States by vessel. This information must be submitted to CBP by way of a CBP- approved electronic data interchange system. The required information is reasonably necessary to improve CBP's ability to identify high-risk shipments so as to prevent smuggling and ensure cargo safety and security.
Effective Date: This rule is effective on January 26, 2009.
CBP will hold public forum and requests comments by June 1, 2009.
More details and comprehensive summary of this regulation change, please take a look:
http://www.bryancave.com/bulletins/ Trade Bulletin IRB No. 417 dated Nov. 25, 2008.