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Inappropriate Release of Confidential Manifest Data

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) has experienced a number of ongoing technical issues related to its transition from the Automated Commercial System (ACS) to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

For example, it has recently come to our attention that CBP inadvertently revealed the names of importers and exporters that requested and were granted manifest confidentiality. CBP is aware of this issue and hopes to resolve it soon.

However, until this issue is fully resolved, we recommend that importers and exporters that have been granted manifest confidentiality periodically review trade reports in order to ensure that no breaches are occurring. Alternatively, we can periodically run searches on your behalf. Should you discover that confidential manifest information is being published, please contact our office immediately and we will work with CBP to resolve the issue.

To read more or if you have any questions concerning manifest confidentiality, or for assistance with submitting a request for confidentiality to CBP click here.