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UPDATED: 5/7/05

Bulk Carriers

Following the federal register notice of December 5, 2003, there will be two major changes in the way bulk carriers move merchandise entering the U.S. These changes are going into effect as part of legislation under the trade act of 2002, and the Maritime Transportation Security Act.

These changes will go into effect on March 4, 2004.

First, all OWNERS will be required to posess an international carrier bond. If you require assistance in obtaining a carrier bond, please contact our office.

Second, bulk carriers will now be required to use the Automated Manifest System (AMS) to report vessel manifest data to the Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This system has been used for many years for containerized cargoes, and now for bulk cargo which was previously exempt. This system allows CBP to compare entry data with the carriers manifest to insure that there all cargo is being declared accurately by all parties and that there is no cargo aboard that has not been entered.

The AMS system requires the following data fields:
  • Vessel Name and Voyage number
  • Name of last foreign port of loading
  • Carriers SCAC code
  • Vessel arrival date and location
  • Bill of lading numbers and quantities of cargo
  • Description and weight of cargo
  • Shippers Informationa
  • Consignees Information
Concerns for Bulk Importers:
  • You may have carriers and their agents requesting information regarding the shipment (i.e. shipper info, quantity, supplier, etc.) You may feel free to have them contact Cambell & Gardiner when appropriate.
  • You must have a bill of lading number that begins with the 4 digit SCAC code followed by a 12-16 digit unique number.
  • Discharge location and quantity. Customs will now have this information in their system, and it will have to be reported to Customs via the AMS system as well as by our ABI system when a change is taking place.
Related Topics:

Customs Bonds

AMS Information

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