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Proposed rules add IT requirement to shipments

New regulations being finalized this year may force companies importing products into the U.S. by land or air to computerize their shipping manifests if they haven’t already done so. The regulations would require companies shipping products into and out of the U.S. to electronically file manifests with the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in advance of the shipments. The new rules, governing all types of transportation, are similar in some ways to a 2002 rule requiring a notice to be filed 24 hours before the products are loaded onto a ship bound for the U.S. The minimum notice for a shipment coming into the U.S. by air would be four hours before arrival. Truck shipments would be one hour or less, and rail shipments would be two hours. Full Story

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