What is Manifest Confidentiality?
Manifest confidentiality holds the primary purpose of keeping sensitive manifest information or import data, including “identifying marks and numbers” confidential or secret from the public.
Why does the public have access to my import data/ manifest information?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives access to nearly all information and records maintained or developed by U.S. Federal Agencies. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) falls into that category, thus it is required to make available your manifest or import data to anyone that requests it. Consequently, U.S. companies are given the right to request that their import data or other private company information is kept private.
Why should I make a manifest confidentiality request?
With your import data available for the general public to acquire, specialized companies like Import Genius, Datamyne, Panjiva, and others fetch and collect this information and later sell it to your own competitors, logistics firms, and customers. Oftentimes, importers find it necessary to protect details like the manufacturer of their products from the general public. Making a manifest confidentiality request will help importers do just that.
How often do I need to make a Manifest Confidentiality Request?
Each time you make a Manifest Confidentiality Request, it keeps your sensitive manifest information and import data confidential from the public for a period of two years. So you should make these requests every two years for your company.
What information does the public know if I don’t make a Manifest Confidentiality Request?
The following information becomes available to the public if your company doesn’t have an active Manifest Confidentiality Request in place:
How can I file a Manifest Confidentiality Request?
You can file your Manifest Confidentiality Request either by writing a letter request to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or hiring a professional Customs Broker to complete this for you. Importers often choose the second option, as mistakes are less likely to be made by trained and licensed Customs Brokers.