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Changes to the Manifesting and Entry Requirements of Empty Residue Cargo Returning to the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a Federal Register Notice announcing the implementation of a test pilot outlining the manifesting and entry requirements of empty residue cargo returning to the U.S.

CBP will begin enforcing the requirement to manifest and enter residual cargo on Monday, November 25, 2013. The test announced in the Federal Register Notice will also begin on that date and will run for a period of at least one year, as it may be extended. CBP will begin evaluating the test approximately 90 days after it begins.

Rail cars arriving that contain cargo exceeding 7% of the load carrying capacity of the car by weight or volume, using industry standards, must be manifested as a loaded car. A consumption entry will be required, filed by the broker of record.

Rail cars arriving with cargo not exceeding 7% of the load carrying capacity of the car by weight or volume, using industry standards, will be considered to contain residual cargo and the car must be manifested and entered as having residue.

What does this mean to BNSF customers?

  • Railcars with residue released in Mexico or Canada will need to be identified as containing residue. Rail carriers serving these unloading locations will have their own procedures on how to report appropriately. Customers will need to contact the serving carrier for specific processes.
  • For BNSF unloading locations in Canada, the customer unloading the railcar is required to provide an estimated weight and value for residue of 7% or less when releasing the railcar empty. For railcars with more than 7% of product remaining, these must be billed as a load, include a broker of record, and have an entry filed.
  • BNSF has tested upcoming residue requirements and the electronic transmission of this information with all of our connecting carrier partners. We are prepared to begin electronic reporting to CBP as of November 25, 2013, as prescribed in the Federal Register Notice.

If you have any questions, please contact BNSF CS Border Support at 800-850-2617 or

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