US Customs to pilot simplified filing for air cargo

US Customs and Border Protection has announced plans to conduct a Simplified Entry Pilot as part of the Simplified Processes trade initiative.


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US Customs and Border Protection has announced plans to conduct a Simplified Entry Pilot as part of the Simplified Processes trade initiative. The air cargo pilot is scheduled to begin at the end of December and during the pilot, shippers will enter a Simplified Entry consisting of 13 data elements and 3 optional data elements, instead of the 27 currently required.

Participants must apply to the CBP to participate and must have an ACE Portal Account and hold a Tier 2 status or higher in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.

“The Simplified Entry pilot expedites cargo release into the stream of commerce,” said CBP commissioner Alan D. Bersin. “The trade industry and CBP will both realise significant efficiencies while enhancing security with more accurate information provided earlier in the import process.”

The pilot was created in coordination with representatives from the National Retail Federation, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, American Association of Exporters and Importers, Intelligent Transportation Society of America, and Business Alliance for Customs Modernization to streamline the entry process.