Requesting Confidential Treatment of Manifest Information

Monday, January 25, 2010


Requesting Confidential Treatment of Vessel Manifest Information

19 CFR 103.31(a) allows certain information on inward and outward vessel manifests  to be examined, copied and published by accredited representatives of the press, i.e., newspapers, commercial magazines, trade journals and similar publications.  Information that is made available includes importer and/or shipper names and addresses, and description and quantity of cargo.

Requests for confidentiality may be submitted to the Disclosure Law Officer, Headquarters, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20229.  Certifications are valid for a period of two years and renewal requests must be submitted 60 days prior to the expiration of the current certificate.  Information covered by confidential certifications may be copied, but not published by the press.

With regard to inward manifests, an importer or consignee may file a request for confidential treatment regarding its name and address, including identifying marks and numbers, and the names and addresses of all shippers to the importer or consignee as outlined in 19 CFR 103.31(d)(1)(i). Certifications are valid upon date of receipt.  For outward manifests, a shipper may submit a request for confidential treatment of its name and address as outlined in 19 CFR 103.31(d)(2)(i).  Certifications are valid upon date of approval.

Air, truck and rail manifest information remains confidential.

Please contact Kerry Layton at 816-741-7500 or if you would like more information and/or for us to file a letter on your behalf.

19 CFR 103.31 may be viewed by clicking on the following link: