What is the CBP Manifest Query

The Manifest Query is a feature intended to make it possible for users to query the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) or the Automated Manifest System (AMS) from the CBP (Customs & Border Protection).

The query typically returns real-time information entered into the CBP system by freight forwarders and carriers to get critical details such as manifested quantity, ports of arrival, house details, and date of arrival among many other elements.

Who Can Use the Manifest Query Functionality

The CBP provides the Manifest Query tool to be used by a range of people involved in logistics. People who are allowed to use the Manifest Query include:

  1. Freight forwarders
  2. Customs brokers
  3. Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs)
  4. Importers
  5. Warehouses and Container Freight Stations (CFS)
  6. Master Vessel Operating Carriers (MVOCs)
  7. Consolidators
  8. Foreign Trade Zones
  9. Customs Exam Sites (CES)
  10. Ship Agents
  11. Trucking Companies


The CBP also allows a range of users who may need to use the Manifest Query to find data that would be important for the monitoring and tracking of the movement of goods in the entire supply chain.

Why Our Clients Love the Manifest Query

As an importer, container freight station (CFS), shipper, bonded warehouse, freight forwarder, terminal facility, or bonded warehouse, proof of customs status is critical for the efficient management of bonded cargo.

The Customs City CBP Manifest Query solution is what is usually referred to as a real-time Customs system. The system offers clients instant visibility into the status of their import cargo even while it is yet to depart its origin and head to the United States.

By making use of the Custom City Manifest Query solution, clients get immediate proof of Partner Government Agency (PGA) and US Customs status of in bond movements and cargo release. This is very convenient as it eliminates the need for email, fax, or paper documentation as proof of in-bond closeout or Customs release.

Benefits of the CBP Manifest Query
  1. Visibility of Carrier Information – Using the query you can get the details of the Master Airway Bill (MAWB)
  2. Check the Status of an Airway Bill (AWB) or Bill of Lading (BOL) – The query will return disposition codes for the bill of lading including 1C, 1D, 1F, 1H, and 1L among others.
  3. Greater Accuracy in Filing – Using the Manifest Query, errors in filing and information mismatches with other entities are prevented. This is critical as it reduces incorrect data and enhances accuracy thus saving time spent communicating between parties.
  4. Message History – It provides insights into cargo movements including whether it had been filed, put on hold, cancelled, or the exact time and date of the release.
  5. Request Information Related to BOLs – During a transaction query, it is possible to request information about the bill. This could be entry numbers or entry related MBL linked to that house.
  6. Query History – All requests made are saved in the Customs City database and clients can look at it at any time.
  7. Disposition Codes – The query offers a complete overview of the entire process of a transaction in the very order they happened.
Why You Should Use the Customs City CBP Manifest Query
  • Translate Raw Data into Legible Information – Information is usually received in a raw format and the Customs City Manifest Query solution will arrange and translate it into an easy-to-read simple format.
  • Multiple Query Options – You get query options for the different types of bills and the modes of transport used.
  • Immediate Response – The manifest query feature we provide pulls the information related to thousands of transactions in just a few minutes.
  • Manifest Query Print – Customs City Solutions provides CSV and PDF options for downloading and printing of information depending on your needs.
  • Easy to Use – Our too provides visibility into multiple transactions and with just one click you can get an overview of everything on CBP’s ACE and AMS system.

How to Use the Customs City CBP Manifest Query

Customs City Solutions provides a reliable, easy, and quick method of viewing the current status of your cargo.

By simply entering your in-bond number, ocean bill of lading, air waybill, or just about any combination you will be able to get back the CBP status of your shipment.

AMS Query provides complete visibility of every aspect of the shipment process including:

  • The time when cargo is manifested by the forwarder or carrier at the origin.
  • The sending of manifest data to US customs before departure
  • Queries of the in-bond, airway bill, or bill of lading with Customs City Solutions
  • The transmission to customs and the responses received.


Using the Customs City Manifest Query solution you get to access real-time data such as:

  • Carrier/vessel, flight, or voyage number
  • PGA exams or holds
  • Associated house bills
  • Customs “1C” release status codes
  • Date of arrival
  • In-bond visibility and status
  • ISF filing status
  • Quantity


Lastly, you can save your query as proof of release at the terminal.

CBP Manifest Query Frequently Asked Questions

What Type of Transaction can I query using Manifest Query?

You can query House Airway Bill (HAWB), Ocean, Rail, and Truck Bill of Lading, Master Airway Bill (MAWB), Entry Numbers, and In-Bond Numbers.

Can I query an Entry Number if I’m an importer using Manifest Query?

You cannot as only customs brokers may run Manifest Query using their own Entry Numbers.

Can I download the data received in the Manifest Query?

Yes, it is possible to download export, and print data in .csv and PDF formats.

For Querying a Bill of Lading do I need to enter the SCAC code?

Yes, all bill of lading queries need to contain the SCAC code at the beginning of the bill.

What Information is Visible in the Manifest Query?

The query data contains data about a certain bill of lading, disposition codes received, dates, times, dummy house for air shipments, manifested information, ports of arrival, and voyage.

Does it take long to set up my account for Manifest Query?

It takes a few minutes to set up the account which you can then begin using right away.

Why Customs City for CBP Manifest Query?

At Customs City, we are huge believers in the adoption of modern technologies and usually combine this with our expert knowledge of Trade and Customs, which makes it possible for us to deliver the best solutions for our customers.

We do this through:

  1. An all-in-one eCommerce Customs Compliance Solution that includes ACAS, ACE Ocean, SNP, ACE Air, FSN, ACE Truck, ISF, Section 321 Data Pilot, and Type 86.
  2. Cost saving through relatively low transactional fees custom-made for high-volume e-commerce consignments.
  3. Easy and quick submission of eManifests so that you can focus more on how to grow your eCommerce business.
  4. We encrypt all our data using military-strength encryption so that you can rest easy knowing all your data is safe.
  5. Access 24/7 support so that you can reach out at any time and during any part of the process to get any help you need with your manifest query submission.


Contact us today via telephone, email, or chat and we will be glad to provide our expertise to your business. We are dedicated to leveraging our expert knowledge to ensure that getting your consignment across the border is a seamless process.

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