Exporters to the United States Required to File Pre-Notice

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Feb. 2 – All maritime cargo heading to the United States are now required to file a pre-notice to U.S. customs on their shipments 24 hours prior to vessel loading.

The rule was implemented since 2008 but was not strictly enforced but beginning January 26 it will be on its mandatory filing and enforcement phase. Penalties worth US$5,000 will be charged to companies that fail to comply with the new rule in addition to possible increased inspections and delay of cargo.