Automation of Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality.


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On March 9, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that in the upcoming months, CBP will deploy an automated online application process to submit electronic manifest confidentiality requests.

Currently, mail or email requests take our clients about 60-90 days for processing. According to CBP’s announcement, the new electronic filing should be processed as soon as 24 hours.

The new benefit to the online platform for submission is the ability to input all name variations, enabling CBP to match names with names currently found in ACE (Automated Commercial Environment).

Contact experienced customs attorney David Hsu by phone/text at 832-896-6288 or by email at, if you have any questions about manifest confidentiality requests or would like to file one.