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CBP Implementing Messaging for Vague Cargo Descriptions

CBP is implementing cargo messaging to communicate with the entry filer on shipments that have "vague noncompliant cargo descriptions," the agency said in an April 1 CSMS message.

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The agency "is aiming to address vague cargo descriptions including, but not limited to, 'gift,' 'daily necessities,' 'accessories,' 'parts,' and 'consolidated,'" it said. "'Consolidated' is only acceptable at the master bill level."

Messages will be sent via ACE Cargo Release after release of the cargo in most cases, CBP said. Brokers and importers are expected to receive these messages and work to correct the issue with the shipper and "bill of lading issuer" for compliance on future shipments, the agency said.

Brokers and freight forwarders who self-file house bills are held to the same standards as carriers and are expected to screen data for compliance with cargo declaration regulations, and the entry filer is expected to review the cargo message for compliance, CBP said. If the entry filer and bill of lading filer are the same, "corrective action is expected immediately," the agency said. CBP also said that if it identifies enforcement concerns it may take additional actions.