On October 27, 2006, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register Notice establishing the mandatory use of ACE Electronic Manifest (e-Manifest) at all land border ports mandating commercial and private carriers to communicate with CBP electronically before arrival at the border.
What is an Electronic Manifest (e-Manifest)?
It is a declaration of the conveyance, crew and commodity that is sent to U.S. Customs and Border Protection one hour prior to arrival at the port of entry.
In order to file an e-Manifest, the carrier must first obtain a Standard Carrier Alpha Code.
Obtaining a Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC)
The Standard Carrier Alpha Code is a vital part of the e-Manifest process. This unique code identifies the carrier to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and allows for the carrier to file their e-Manifest with CBP.
To file for a SCAC code you must apply to the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA). You can submit your application, along with a $62.00 application fee, online at www.nmfta.org. You can also submit your application by fax or mail, along with a $70.00 application fee, to 703.683.6296 or via mail to their head office, located at 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 22314. Once the application has been received, a letter from the NMFTA with your assigned SCAC* code and instructions will be sent to you.
* SCAC codes are only valid for one year and must be renewed annually.
Setting up your e-Manifest Account
The process to initially set up your e-Manifest account is simple. Just fill out the ACE e-Manifest Setup Package and submit to Pacific Customs Brokers. Instructions on how to submit are stated in the package.
Download a USA ACE eManifest Request Sheet
Pacific Customs Brokers can process all of your import transaction needs.
In addition to the e-Manifest Filing Service, we can process the U.S. Customs entry documents by setting up the clearance of your goods into the commerce of the United States while simultaneously filing your e-Manifest.
Allowing Pacific Customs Brokers to be your sole service provider ensures that all CBP regulations are compliant and accurate thus lowering the risk of delays at the border.
- Full e-Manifest Processing
- Pacific Customs Brokers will file the e-Manifest on your behalf.
- e-Manifest Self-Filing
- Once set up, a login and password will be provided in order for you to file your e-Manifest.
Pacific Customs Brokers will include 24/7 operational support with either of the service options listed above.
For further information on e-Manifest, please contact our Client Services Team via email e-Manifest@pcbusa.com or call toll-free at 877.332.8434.
Ask a Question