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United States e-freight updates

This page presents US e-freight news to all e-freight participants worldwide.

Important note: e-freight shipments should only begin once the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been advised of the request and a confirmation has been granted.

How to get started?

To be allowed to do e-freight in & out of the US, to or from the approved airports, new participants must take the following steps:

Step1: Complete the Start-up Info Form prior to starting e-freight in or out of the approved ports in the US

Step 2: Send the Startup Info Form to the IATA US e-freight coordinator

Step 3: The IATA US e-freight coordinator will provide the Startup Info Form to CBP

Step 4: Once the approval from CBP is received, a confirmation email will be returned by the IATA US e-freight coordinator to you

Step 5: Now you can start your e-freight shipments

What shipments are allowed?

For the time being for inbound to the US only General Cargo is allowed.

Shipments containing licensable goods or hazardous materials are currently not accepted into the U.S. under the e-freight program. IATA will continue to lobby to get approval for additional cargo types.

When and Where?

List of US e-freight airports (pdf)

FAQs

Q: Does the Airline need to wait for confirmation that the Freight Forwarder has been approved & vice versa (if it is a new one) before sending e-freight?

A: Airlines do not need to provide the list of Freight Forwarders they will be working with and they don’t need to wait for confirmation that the Freight Forwarder has been approved & vice versa. Once approval is granted by CBP they can start sending e-freight to the US ports requested on the form.

Q: Is there an option to obtain approval at a company level (ie. all origin offices for a specific forwarder) or is approval given only on specific origin /destination combination?

A: Yes, it is an option to obtain approval at a company level (ie. all origin offices for a specific forwarder) but at the same time approval is also given on a specific origin/ destination combination.

Q: Is there a timeframe for the approval process to complete so that participants can factor this into their planning?

A: The timeframe for the approval process may vary between 1 and 2 working weeks.

Q: Why does a Freight Forwarder need to specify the flight? If they subsequently do e-freight between the same origin/ destination but on a different flight do they need to re-do the form?

A: If they subsequently do e-freight between the same origin/ destination but on a different flight they don’t need to re-do the form. Once they are approved by CBP the flight is no longer a relevant factor.

In case you need further information or you have questions please contact us.

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