U.S. Customs and Border Protection has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Maritime Commission allowing CBP to share its Automated Commercial Environment data with the ocean transportation agency.
The agreement aims to strengthen the balance of facilitation and enforcement regarding the regulation of ocean carriers and other entities involved in ocean trade. It will allow data from Customs’ ACE and other systems to be transferred directly to the FMC for use in fulfilling its statutory and regulatory duties and responsibilities. The deal details the specific data elements to be shared and how FMC may use, store or share the data.
“This is a significant step forward toward ensuring greater security, compliance and facilitation of cargo in the maritime environment,” said Thomas S. Winkowski, Customs’ acting commissioner, in a written statement.
“The continued partnership between the FMC and CBP will enhance the FMC’s mission to foster a fair, efficient and reliable ocean transportation system and protect the public from unfair and deceptive practices,” added Mario Cordero, FMC chairman. He also noted that in addition to complying with the SAFE Port Act, the collaboration will also assist FMC fulfill its regulatory responsibilities under the Shipping Act.