LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Carriers, NVOs have choices on Mexican manifest data

Your Sept. 3 article "24-hour rule, Mexican style" incorrectly states that the Mexican Association of Shipping Agents (Asociacion Mexicana de Agentes Navieros, or AMANAC) is the only national trade association that has set up a computer system to transmit cargo manifest data to Mexican Customs under the new 24-hour rule.

AMANAC, founded in 1987, is one of the two shipping agent associations that have the authorization to file data to Mexican Customs. The other authorized shipping agent association is Asociacion Nacional de Agentes Navieros (ANANAC) founded in 1949. According to the Mexican legislation, the general obligation is to file data through any chamber or member association, not just through AMANAC.

There are other groups and/or associations that also have the authorization to file data to Mexican Customs. Each carrier or non-vessel-operating common carrier is free to select and negotiate with any chamber or association to transmit data to Mexican Customs.

Jose Martin Garc?a of the Mexican Embassy in Washington incorrectly stated that AMANAC offers a complete computerized system. AMANAC's system is not completely automatic because it requires the manual assignment of the unique manifest ID number that must be validated by Mexican Customs. ANANAC's system offers automated number assignment.

AMANAC requires that its data transmission users become members of that association. ANANAC does not.

ANANAC has made a strategic alliance with IES Ltd., a logistics and software company with a very high reputation, to provide the highest quality, most complete solution to comply with the 24-hour rule and have the most competitive prices. (To compare, please see the Web sites, www.amanac.org.mx and www.ananac.org.)

Since Sept. 1, Mexican Customs has been receiving cargo manifest data. Our new software for filing manifest data was in place, too, and tests were made before Sept. 1.

Ignacio L. Melo

General director