Requirement to manifest vessel equipment and/or spare parts in Area Port of Seattle

On 5 December 2003, the Department of Homeland Security published rules, required by the Trade Act of 2002, which mandate the submission of advanced electronic data on all shipments entering and leaving the United States. This rule requires the electronic filing of the vessel cargo declaration in the Sea Automated Manifest System (Sea AMS).

On 6 July 2004 the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) issued Trade Information Notice 04-19 , providing guidance and clarification on the proper manifesting procedures for vessel equipment and/or spare parts in the Area Port of Seattle.

It states i.a. that “The operating vessel carrier will be responsible for manifesting vessel equipment and/or spare parts. Any such merchandise discharged without being manifested in AMS subjects the operating carrier to liquidated damages under its bond and/or penalties for statutory violations. Vessel equipment and/or spare parts that are manifested under these requirements must be accounted for with appropriate entry documents”.

Contact: Dragos Rauta