(Jan. 7) The Department of Homeland Security wants another safeguard in place for cargo arriving in sea vessels.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Jan. 2 published a notice of proposal requiring importers and carriers to electronically submit additional information on cargo before it is brought into the U.S. by vessel, according to a news release from the agency.

The Security Filing is another step in the Department of Homeland Security’s strategy to identify high-risk shipments to prevent terrorist weapons and materials from entering the U.S., the release said.

The rule would require additional information, including a vessel stow plan showing the physical location of cargo on ship and container status messages, which report container movements and changes in status, such as empty or full.

In addition, it requires importers to submit 10 other elements, including the manufacturer’s/supplier’s name and address, the country of origin and buyer’s name and address.

Currently, the customs agency relies primarily on carrier manifest information to target high-risk shipments before they are loaded. However, the release said that the agency concluded that more complete shipment data would be more effective.