Warren, Michigan, October 19, 2004 - Central Transport today sent the following letter to its customers to advise them about important changes soon to be implemented by the US Customs service for all shipments coming into the US from Canada.
Dear valued customer,
Shipping from Canada to the United States is changing!
Are you and your customs broker ready for the implementation of ADVANCE ELECTRONIC MANIFEST INFORMATION?
Effective November 15th 2004 US Customs and Border Protection will implement the requirement for all shipments imported into the USA to have had ONE HOUR
PRIOR NOTICE of arrival at the Border through an approved electronic data interchange.
HOW WILL THIS BE ACCOMPLISHED?
It will be your brokers responsibility to process the entry for your shipment and file with US Customs. This is when the one hour notice clock begins.
It is important that you show your brokers name on your Commercial Invoice.
It is important that your Customs broker is staffed and able to prepare and file the Customs entry timely.
Most of our LTL shipments travel through the evening, night or on week-ends to meet service times. Is your broker open to receive the information and process your shipment during these hours? If not, what arrangements will they make and how will they communicate to us, your carrier?
It is imperative that we receive communication from your broker if they are unable to enter your shipment into the US Customs system. Are they prepared to do this?
Shipments arriving at the border without the one hour PRIOR NOTICE will be rejected by US Customs and returned to Canada, or the whole trailer will be prohibited from entry into the USA.
Shipments rejected entry into the USA will delay service and result in additional charges.
THE TIME TO CONFIRM YOUR BROKERS UNDERSTANDING AND PARTICIPATION/CO-OPERATAION WITH US, YOUR CARRIER, IS NOW. '