Tuesday, July 8, 2008

10+2. However you add it up, it’s more work if you’re not in the know.

On January 2, 2008 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking. It’s referred to as the 10+2 Rule, and it effects all ocean shipments of US bound
cargo.

The rule requires additional shipment data to be provided to CBP at least 24 hours prior to the vessel’s departure from overseas. It’s designed to enhance Customs ability to target high-risk inbound containers for inspection. 10+2 refers to the 10 data elements that must be provided to Customs by the importer or their agent, plus 2 data elements that carriers must provide. The 2 additional elements are 1). Container status message, and 2) Vessel stow plan identifying the physical location of the cargo loaded aboard the vessel.

Some data elements are not normally collected from suppliers, some hard to track down or not known early in the shipment process. Companies may have to modify their systems to accommodate the new data requirements and pay additional fees to brokers for forwarding this
information. In any event, the result may mean extra time lag and increased inventory levels.

If you want to know how it may affect your company, just give us a call. Visit us at www.totalogistix.com or call John Mead, Director of National Accounts at 800.989.0054 x 105.

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