OOCL and Canadian National Railroad this became the first two carriers of their respective industries to share their manifest data directly with the Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial Environment system.
Customs is engaged in a pilot test of the ocean and rail manifest package it calls M-1, the newest piece of the ACE system, which has been under development since 2001. If testing continues successfully, Customs intends to shut down its 1980s vintage Automated Commercial System by the end of 2012.
The transfer of the ocean and rail manifest leaves only the air manifest system operating on ACS. Customs plans to bundle ocean, rail, air and truck manifest systems as the “e-Manifest” system.