Customs Certifies UPS Ocean Unit

Freight services group to submit advance cargo manifest information to comply with container security regulations

Atlanta  January 31, 2003  The U.S. Customs Service has certified UPS Ocean Freight Services to submit advance cargo manifest information via the automated manifest system (AMS), allowing the ocean unit to transmit the necessary information required by the 24-hour Advance Cargo Manifest Regulation that goes into effect in February.

The Customs Service's Container Security Initiative (CSI), launched last February in the wake of the September terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, requires ocean carriers and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) to submit detailed shipment manifest information 24 hours prior to loading at a foreign port.

The new regulation became effective on December 2, with active enforcement scheduled to begin on February 1. (See related story for more information on CSI requirements.)

UPS Ocean Freight Services, an NVOCC and the ocean freight forwarder unit of UPS Supply Chain Solutions, will transmit manifest information electronically via AMS directly to U.S. Customs at all origin ports with cargo bound for the United States.

By becoming AMS-certified, the ocean unit says it will be able to ensure that its customers retain access to the highest levels of service while assisting U.S. Customs in its goal of homeland security and protecting U.S. borders.

"By providing Customs with the appropriate information, we ensure our customers that their shipments won't face penalties, unnecessary delays and disruption to their supply chain," said Michael Gargaro, vice president of UPS Supply Chain Solutions for ocean freight services. "Indeed, we actually streamline the process because we can file manifest information directly to Customs instead of going through ocean carriers."

Logistics solution provider Descartes Systems Group, as well as solution providers FreightDesk Technologies and Covansys, have all announced solutions for companies that must comply with the new regulations.