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Frequently Asked Questions on the 24-Hour Rule (Revised 2/25/03) (158 KB. - doc)(source: U.S. Customs)
The SCAC code for Great Way is GWTH

24-hour cargo manifest rule

Effective December 2, 2002, carriers and/or automated NVOCCs must submit a cargo declaration 24 hours before cargo is laden aboard the vessel at a foreign port.

24-hour notice required for:

bullet Shipments from the Virgin Islands but not Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico.
bullet U.S. government or military shipments.
bullet Short voyages.
bullet Freight remaining on board, FROB, cargo aboard a vessel calling at a U.S. port but consigned to a foreign port later in the voyage.
bullet For “to order” shipments that are sold in transit, Customs will require the name of the owner of the goods, or the owner’s representative.
bullet Bulk vessels are exempt,  breakbulk carriers will be exempted on a case-by-case basis.
bullet Ships relaying containers between foreign ports, but not calling at U.S. ports, are exempt.


Filing through the Automated Manifest Systems:

bullet NVOCCs must have a standard international carrier bond.
bullet NVOCCs that use AMS will be treated as carriers.
bullet The carrier or NVOCC that has access to AMS must use the system.
bullet The AMS “second notify party” field will be used to notify a carrier when an NVO files data.
bullet AMS in the future will provide confirmations so containers may be loaded. Until then, no container is loaded until the 24-hour period ends.
bullet Each shipment in a container must have its bill of lading filed individually.


Cargo data:

bullet Information  must be complete, or AMS will reject it.
bullet Vessel operators must include the NVOCCs on its manifest.
bullet Carriers and NVOCCs must provide “precise” cargo descriptions. Harmonized tariff numbers are encouraged. Generic descriptions such as “freight all kinds” or “general cargo” are not acceptable, nor are generic descriptions such as “chemicals” or “foodstuffs.”



bullet Data filed 24 hours in advance of loading will not be released until the ship files its complete manifest on arrival at a U.S.port.
bullet NVOCCs that do not use AMS must file cargo data through the ocean carrier.


bullet Carriers or NVOCCS that use AMS are liable for any errors, omissions or untimely information.
bullet Carriers and NVOCCs must communicate with each other about containers that are left behind when a ship sails.
bullet If a vessel operator does not load an NVOCC’s container after it files the ship’s manifest, the NVOCC is obligated to amend its information to Customs.
bullet If a carrier lands an NVOCC container at the wrong port, the NVOCC will not be held liable if it has filed its cargo declaration correctly and on time.

Customs intends further rule-making to:

bullet Expand the number of parties who may file biennial confidentiality certificates on behalf of shippers.
bullet Outline procedures for reporting and correcting manifest discrepancies.



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