Skuld has released a member advisory noting that, as part of the US programme to ensure vessel and aviation safety and to protect national security, on April 7th 2005 the US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a final rule setting forth the requirements for the electronic submission of manifest information for passengers and crew members on board commercial vessels and aircraft in advance of arrival in and departure from the US, known as the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). CBP merged the APIS data reporting system into the US Coast Guard’s Notice of Arrival (NOA) transmission process. The new system is called the Electronic Notice of Arrival and Departure (eNOA/D). APIS information must be submitted exclusively via the eNOA/D system.
The eNOA/D regulations were amended in 2015 to include more commercial vessels and to set forth a mandatory method for electronic submission of NOAs and modify reporting content, timeframes and procedures. The major changes were as follows:
The rule now includes all foreign vessels and US vessels in commercial service that are bound for or departing from ports or places within the navigable waters of the US, including internal waters and the territorial sea and any deepwater port.