On September 1, 2007, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) will begin enforcing the advance electronic fi ling (“e-Manifest”) requirements for trucks entering the United States through ports in Washington, Arizona, eastern North Dakota, Texas, New Mexico, California, New York and Michigan. Trucks that have not transmitted data for shipments crossing the border via e-Manifest will not receive a permit to proceed into the United States, potentially resulting in substantial cargo delays.

For all other ports, enforcement will be phased in according to the dates specifi ed in the Federal Register notices for each respective port cluster. We strongly suggest that importers communicate with their carriers to ensure that full compliance will be achieved at the fi rst set of ports by September 1 to avoid any negative repercussions.

In its published notice of August 14, 2007, which reminds the trade community about the enforcement of the e-Manifest requirements, CBP clarifi es what cargo is exempt from the e-Manifest requirements, including Section 321 merchandise and Instruments of International Traffi c.