Manifest Confidentiality

Federal law permits shippers to request confidential treatment of certain information appearing in CBP shipping manifests in order to protect the confidentiality of proprietary information germane to business transactions which has measurable competitive value.  The law also limits the disclosure of merchandise information to a “general description”. Because of tight budgets, ineffective systems and technical difficulties, inappropriate disclosures occur allowing release of specific and detailed product names and of shipper and consignee identities.