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Can motor carriers develop their own software?
  • CBP maintains a list of approved vendors for truck manifests.

If carriers are interested in filing Electronic Truck Manifests using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), the company must write a letter of intent.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Information Systems Security Policy requires all participants that transmit electronic data directly to CBP’s automated systems to file a signed Interconnection Security Agreement.

If the carrier is using a connection already established through a Service Center or Value Added Network, an Internet Security and Acceleration may not be required.

Vendor software

Some organizations have opted to use one of the software vendors who have approval from CBP. Many of the programs combine the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) e-Manifest information with daily dispatch software rather than duplicate information.

CBP maintains a list of approved vendors for truck manifests. These programs have been tested and interface with EDI.