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IES, Ltd., a provider of transportation software for freight forwarders, customs brokers and other intermediaries, has achieved formal compliance with the proposed "10+2" rule of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The agency will soon require the submission of 10 additional data elements from importers, and two additional pieces of information from carriers bringing shipments into the U.S. The new data elements, due 24 hours prior to a vessel's departure, include the names and addresses of an item's manufacturer, buyer, and seller, as well as those of the shipment's consolidator and recipient; consignee numbers; country of origin and Harmonized Tariff Schedule number. The two additional pieces of information, to be filed within 48 hours of a vessel's departure, are a vessel stow plan and container-status messages. Regardless of when the regulation goes into effect, IES said, CBP will adopt its standard enforcement process similar to that utilized by the agency when the 24-Hour Rule and Trade Act regulations were implemented. IES said it views the upcoming law as an opportunity to decrease costs and shipment-cycle times, while reducing errors and keystrokes. Compliance with the new rule requires changes in software to accommodate additional fields of information. IES software supports CBP's Automated Manifest System for ocean and air, as well as Canadian Customs automation, the Automated Commercial Environment e-Manifest and Electronic In-Bond program. The applications are available both as a managed service and as packaged software.
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