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The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an operating agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on January 2, 2008. It is important to understand that these proposed requirements are in addition to the required entry requirements that importers and carriers are required to submit via electronic manifest 24 hours prior to lading containerized and nonexempt break-cargo at foreign ports on vessels destined for the US This requirement, referred to in the trade as the "24-hour rule," has been in place since October 13, 2006, and is specified in Section 203 of the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 (referred to as the SAFE Port Act; P.L. 109-347).

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