Landing Spares


Vessel/ship spares that are unladen from one vessel intended for export, consumption, repair outside the U.S. or transfer to another vessel must be manifested in accordance with 19 CFR 4.7a(c). The cargo declaration data must be transmitted electronically to CBP via Vessel AMS as soon as the determination is made to unload the vessel/ship spare(s).

Below you will find what will be needed to submit Customs.

  1. Commercial Invoice with a value, description and manufacturer.
  2. All spares must be entered in AMS.  A copy of the paperwork with the AMS transaction number will be needed for customs. Paperwork to include a copy of the Form 1302 and a confirmation from the AMS system.
  3. Then paperwork will be submitted to our Customs Broker for them to be cleared or moved in bond.
  4. Once the landed spares are cleared or logged with CBP for an in-bond move Davis can then pick them up and proceed with shipping.


*** Vessel owners must have an AMS account and it is up to the vessel Charters/Owners to handle the AMS process. ***



The Sea Automated Manifest System (AMS)  impacts any ship calling the USA and has affected the flow of “Ship Spares in Transit” that are critical to vessel operations.  Specifically all ship’s spares that are taken off vessels in the USA must comply with the Sea AMS entry system BEFORE THEY CAN BE REMOVED FROM THE VESSEL. This is a Department of U.S.  Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs  and Border Protection (CBP) requirement that is being implemented throughout the ports in the USA.  In many ports now, agents and brokers can no longer handle the landing of spares from the vessel without the ships owner having an AMS Account.

Charters handle this AMS requirement for the ships to discharge cargo, but owners have to handle this for landed spares taken off the ship.

This AMS account has to be set up to bill the owners direct, as CBP has to know “Who Is Responsible” and “Who to Target” if something happens when this cargo is taken off of the vessel.