Security rules adding time to shipments

An online survey has found that many companies are adding time back into their global supply chain networks to account for transportation delays generated by new anti-terrorism rules implemented by the U.S. Customs Service. According to the survey, conducted by third-party logistics firm BDP International and its Centrx consulting unit, nearly 30% of shippers are factoring in extra supply chain order-cycle

An online survey has found that many companies are adding time back into their global supply chain networks to account for transportation delays generated by new anti-terrorism rules implemented by the U.S. Customs Service.

According to the survey, conducted by third-party logistics firm BDP International and its Centrx consulting unit, nearly 30% of shippers are factoring in extra supply chain order-cycle time to comply with U.S. Customs' new Advanced Manifest System regulation, which went into effect Feb. 2 this year. That rule requires filing of complete import manifest documentation at least 24 hours before U.S. bound vessels are loaded at foreign ports.

Shippers attributed resulting delays to carrier directives requiring cargo data in advance of the 24-hour deadline, uneven support by foreign suppliers, and internal barriers to data flow revision.

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