Moving Privacy Law Goes Forward

November 9, 2023

New legislation to prevent the sale of personal identifiable information from vessel manifests of household goods shipments arriving in the United States has received the unanimous backing of a government Ways and Means Committee.

The American Trucking Associations’ Moving & Storage Conference (MSC) commended members for supporting the legislation that will stop the current requirement that U.S. Customs and Border Protection makes all commercial information from vessel manifests available to data brokers, who package and resell the information.

“We applaud the Committee’s passage of this important bill to protect military families and other Americans relocating from overseas,” said MSC Executive Director Ryan Bowley. “This commonsense step would help to reduce repatriating Americans’ risk of having their identities stolen. We will continue to urge the House to move this bill across the finish line to prevent unnecessary disclosures of Americans’ personal data.”

The long-standing problem for international moving companies has affected military, government, and corporate shipments arriving in the country with personal identifiable information on shipping forms, made part of vessel manifests, often including social security numbers, passport numbers, addresses, and other private data.

The bill was previously passed by the U.S. Senate and will now be considered by the full House before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.