WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection has selected nine brokers to participate in its pilot test of simplified entry for air cargo. The pilot, jointly created by CBP and the trade, is designed to test the Automated Commercial Environment entry capability.
ACE is the commercial trade processing system being developed by CBP to facilitate trade while strengthening border security.
"This is a real win-win," says Allen Gina, assistant commissioner for CBP's Office of International Trade. "The pilot will enhance national security because CBP can identify and address potential risks earlier in the process, and cargo will be expedited because the importers have more time to resolve potential problems before the goods arrive in the U.S."
The pilot participants are A.N. Deringer, Inc., Expeditors, FedEx Trade Networks, FH Kaysing, Janel Group of New York, Kuehne + Nagel Inc., Livingston International, Page & Jones, Inc., and UPS.
Pilot participants will submit a reduced amount of information-12 required and three optional data elements-prior to the arrival of the merchandise for transporting the cargo to the U.S. The simplified entry can be filed much earlier in the import process, allowing an expanded window of opportunity to identify potential risks earlier. It will also allow pilot participants to update entry information, providing CBP more accurate data and enhancing cargo security.
The pilot eliminates the current entry, CBP Form 3461, replacing it with a streamlined set of data. This simplifies the merchandise release process, and reduces transaction costs for the trade.
Pilot participants will file entries for their clients. Clients of the brokers selected include Nike, USA Inc., GE Energy, Chrysler Group LLC, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., Ford Motor Company, Boeing, and Lear Corporation.
CBP received 40 applications in response to its November 9 Federal Register notice announcing the pilot. For more information on simplified entry and ACE, please visit the following links:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.