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Automated Broker Interface (ABI) and Contact Information

The Automated Commercial System (ACS) is the system used by CBP to track, control, and process all commercial goods imported into the United States. ACS facilitates merchandise processing, significantly cuts costs, and reduces paperwork requirements for both CBP and the trade community.

Automated Broker Interface (ABI)

The Automated Broker Interface is an integral part of ACS that permits qualified participants to file import data electronically with CBP. ABI is a voluntary program available to brokers, importers, carriers, port authorities, and independent service centers. Currently, over 96% of all entries are filed through ABI.

ABI expedites the release of merchandise for the trade community. Entry summaries are electronically transmitted, validated, confirmed, corrected, and paid. Administrative messages keep participants informed of all current information and issues.

Participants can query quota status, visa requirements, manufacturer information, and entry/entry summary processing status. ABI allows filers to pay multiple entries with one payment transaction through statement processing. ABI filers can also pay customs duties, fees, and taxes electronically through the Automated Clearinghouse (ACH).

With ABI you can:

  • File entry release data electronically for cargo release processing.
  • File a consolidated entry summary, combining multiple release transactions on one entry summary.
  • File consumption entries, TIB entries, FTZ entries, and warehouse withdrawals for consumption.
  • File selected "bypass" entry summaries electronically, without providing additional paper documentation.
  • Transmit U.S. Customs Declaration (invoice and summary in one message) in EDIFACT syntax; summary data in CBP syntax; invoice data in CBP syntax.
  • Receive results of ACS edits and validations during development and testing of entry summary transactions. Choose the edit results you receive--acknowledgement for all transactions or for error/warning transactions only.
  • Receive paperless designation for general exam entry transactions.
  • Update entry dates electronically.
  • Change selected shipping details on entries in CBP status up until the time cargo arrives.
  • Designate one broker to receive all of an importer's liquidation information through the National Importer Liquidations (NILS).
  • Certify entry summary for cargo release processing--a separate 3461 transaction is not required.
  • Receive conditional cargo release results up to five days before the ocean conveyance arrives, one day for air transport, same day for truck transport and rail transport.
  • Receive priority handling through exam/release processing (including quota and on-stop-quota).
  • File drawback claims electronically.
  • Choose from several payment options - send one check for each entry summary, one check for summaries on a statement, or pay statements electronically through the Automated Clearinghouse (ACH).
Last published: 
July 29, 2016
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