Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Friday signed into law a bill that would require airlines and vessel operators to provide the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency a manifest prior to arrival to Guam.
Bill 360-35, authored by Sen. Mary Torres, is now Public Law 35-105. The new law, cosponsored by Speaker Tina Muña Barnes and Sen. Joe San Agustin, modernizes the QCA operations.
Previously under Guam law, a manifest document, which lists the vessel’s cargo, passengers, and crew, did not have to be submitted to a customs officer until after the vessel had already arrived. P.L 35-105 changes this by requiring an electronic submittal of the manifest as well as a separate notice of arrival from any aircraft, vessel, or contrivance prior to entry.