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Vessel Manifest Confidentiality

Did you know that anyone can see where a company is shipping to and shipping from? All they need is access to PIERS (Port Import/Export Reporting Service) data and your company could have a potential IPR (intellectual property rights) issue on your hands. Don’t fret!  Customs and Border Protection came out with an easy online way to keep your ocean shipments confidential. You can even do multiple Tax Id’s at the same time. 

A company should review all vessel manifests, bills of ladings, Seaway bills and other transportation documents to ensure that they are listing all the ways in which their shippers are listing your companies name on the manifests. This process should be completed every 2 years to ensure that the information is continually keep confidential.

To keep your companies’ shipments confidential, you may use the below website provided by Customs and Border Protection:

If you have any questions about securing your companies information and would like any additional information on this topic or any other trade matter, please call Allyn at 239-489-9900 or email

Contributor: Heather Oskvarek

About Allyn International

Allyn International is dedicated to providing high quality, customer centric services and solutions for the global marketplace. Allyn's core products include transportation management, logistics sourcing, freight forwarding, supply chain consulting, tax management and global trade compliance. Allyn clients range from small local businesses to Fortune 500 firms. Allyn conducts business in more than 20 languages and has extensive experience in both developed and emerging markets. Highly trained experts are positioned throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Allyn’s regional headquarters are strategically located in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.A., Shanghai, P.R. China, Prague, Czech Republic, and Dubai, U.A.E. For more information, visit



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