Information required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
To fulfill our responsibilities when submitting cargo declarations to CBP we require the following from our customers (shippers/agents):
A precise description of the cargo or the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) number under which the cargo is classified and the weight of the cargo » Harmonized Tariff Schedule OR:
For a sealed container, the shipper's declared description and weight of the cargo
Generic descriptions such as "FAK" (freight of all kinds), "STC" (said to contain), "general cargo", "toys", "chemicals" and similar are not acceptable.
The quantity of cargo expressed in the lowest external packaging unit. Containers and pallets are not acceptable units, for example a container containing 10 pallets with each 200 cartons should be described as 2000 cartons.
The shipper's complete name and address or future ACE identification number (unique number assigned by CBP upon the implementation of the Automated Commercial Environment) from all bills of lading,
Complete name and address of the consignee in the U.S., consignee’s U.S. address, owner or owner's representative or future ACE identification number, from all bills of lading.
Container numbers and seal numbers for all seals affixed to containers.
Internationally recognized hazardous material code where applicable.