Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality: Who Can See Your Information?
With varying regulations governing the disclosure (Freedom of Information Act) or confidentiality (Department of Homeland Security) of certain records, it can sometimes be challenging to know who can have access to what information in the international world of trade. Importers and exporters, along with their brokers, forwarders and ocean carriers, must follow certain guidelines as to what information must be disclosed and what must be kept confidential in the commercial environment.
19 Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 103.31 Subpart C provides guidance on vessel manifests, including who can be privy to that information. Members of the press, including newspapers, commercial magazines, trade journals and similar publications are allowed to review the vessel manifests of imports and exports and the following data associated with them:
- Name and address of the shipper
- General nature of the cargo
- Number of cartons/packages
- Gross weight
- Carrier Name
- Port of Export
- Port of Destination