Regulatory Complaince Department

Post 911, by order of Congress, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Boarder Protection and U.S. Custom Services (the latter two combined today into Customs and Border Protection, CBP) were mandated to identify every carrier, land, sea and air, entering or leaving the United States, and their cargo.  To accomplish this, over the past years new mandates have been implemented to provide advance date of carriers and cargo to the various government entities for pre-screening and entry approval  prior to proceeding into U.S. ports or airways.


ACE modernizes commercial traded processing systems with features designed to consolidate and automate border processing, forming the backbone of trade processing risk assessment capabilities.  ACE facilitates the collections and distribution of data required by all Federal agencies via the International Trade Data System (ITDS) initiative and will ultimately become the “single window” that connects CSP, Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) and the trade community.

In the context of ACE, the manifest of ships is submitted electronically to CBP for risk assessments.  Containerized or fungible cargoes require 24 hour pre-load submission of ACE and bulk cargoes require 96 hour pre-arrival submission of ACE.

For shippers of  containerized or fungible cargoes into the United States, the International Security Filing (ISF), which is an expanded detailed of ACE information is required 24 hours prior to loading.

ACE is an obligation of the carrier and her Master.  The carrier is defined by CBP as “the person causing a conveyance to call at a U.S. port or controlling the conveyances movements within the port”. 

ACE submission requires the carrier to have:

  • A Standardized Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC)
  • A US CBP Type III International Carriers Bond

These two elements define the carrier and it’s operators components in the ACE System.

Fillette, Green can help secure the SCAC, Type III Bond and perform the ACE formalities under special agreements with our clients.

E-NOA/D – Electronic Notice of Arrival or Departure 

This U.S. Coast Guard mandate ties directly to CBP and requires the advance notification of the vessel’s intentions to call a specific port and terminal in the United States.  Various elements associated with the filing of the E/NOA provide the various governmental divisions an opportunity to take a careful look at a vessel’s ownership, operation, past port call history, cargo carriage, deficiencies and crew.  The E/NOA must be filed and accepted by the National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) minimum 96 hours prior to arrival to the U.S. with certain exceptions for voyages less than 96 hours port to port.  Vessels that do not have a confirmed E-NOA on file, accepted by the NVMC are detained outside of port pending the passing of the required time to gain port entry.

The E-NOD covers the departure crew manifest and must be filed within 15 minutes of the vessel’s departure from berth on sailing.

Our E-NOA/D department is designed to operate 24/7/365 to assist vessels arriving or sailing U.S. destinations, by mutual agreement  with our client.

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