This section outlines the various customs regulations governing imports to ensure security. Several countries have rules requiring that all details related to all imported shipments are transmitted electronically to Customs before loading at foreign ports.

Brazil Wooden Regulations

From 1 February, 2016, the Brazilian Customs and Port Authorities will require shippers to provide the wooden packing material details for all cargoes to/from Brazil. Brazil exporters and importers (all cargoes destined to/from Brazil) will be required to provide details on ‘Wooden Packing Material’ when submitting the shipping instructions to the Ocean Carrier.


U.S. Import Cargo Security Requirements

This security declaration, commonly referred to as the “10+2” rule, is a United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation which requires importers and shipping operators to provide additional data on how the goods are transported. The regulation has been in force since 26 January 2010 for all goods transiting or being offloaded on U.S. soil.


EU Advance Cargo Declaration Manifest

Since 1 January 2011, the country members of the European Union (EU) made it mandatory to be informed on the nature of goods destined for countries in the EU, at least 24 hours before merchandise is loaded anywhere in the world. An entry summary declaration must be submitted through approved electronic means.


Mexican Advance Cargo Declaration

The regulation requiring submission of details for shipments going to Mexico through AMANAC website was implemented in 2007 by Mexican Customs to reinforce checks and control on goods imported to Mexican territory.


Turkey Customs Advance Cargo Declaration

Since 1 January 2012, Turkey made it mandatory to be informed on the nature of goods imported to Turkish territory, at least 24 hours before the merchandise is loaded anywhere in the world. An entry summary declaration must be submitted through approved electronic means.


Canada Customs (ACI) Advance Commercial Information

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) ensures the security of Canada by managing the access of goods to and from Canada. ACI requirements were implemented in 2004 to identify potential threats to Canada while facilitating the movement of low-risk shipments across the border.