Mandatory ACE truck manifest to start in California
Highway carriers entering the United States through ports of entry in California will be required to file electronic manifests instead of using paper documents beginning April 19, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.
After deploying the new functionality for commercial truck processing at all border crossings, the border management agency is transitioning from a voluntary to a mandatory e-manifest regime for truckers.
During the initial period CBP will issue reminders to truckers who arrive at the border without electronically submitting their cargo list. Once strict enforcement begins CBP will deny entry to vehicles that haven’t properly filed their documentation and issue penalties.
E-manifests are already required in Washington, Arizona and several North Dakota crossings, although CBP has delayed full enforcement by 30 days due to computer problems with the Automated Commercial Environment, the computer system that runs the truck manifest module.
The mandatory e-manifest policy is also being extended to New Mexico and Texas on April 19 to provide complete coverage on the southern border.