US Customs Automated Systems
Learn more about the US Customs automated systems that we participate in.
Automated Broker Interface (ABI)
The Automated Broker Interface (ABI) is a component of the U.S. Customs Service's Automated Commercial System that permits qualified participants to electronically file required import data with Customs. ABI is a voluntary program available to brokers, importers, carriers, port authorities, and independent service centers. Currently, over 96% of all entries filed with Customs are filed through ABI.
Automated Manifest System (AMS)
A multi-modular cargo inventory control and release notification system for sea, air, and rail carriers. AMS speeds the flow of cargo and entry processing and provides participants with electronic authorization to move cargo prior to arrival. AMS facilitates the intermodal movement and delivery of cargo by rail and trucks through the In-bond system. AMS reduces reliance on paper documents and speeds the processing of manifest and waybill data. As a result, cargo remains on the dock for less time, participants realize faster tracking, and Customs provides better service to the importing community.
Automated Clearinghouse (ACH)
CBP Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) is an electronic payment option that allows participants to pay customs fees, duties, and taxes electronically, as well as receive refunds of customs duties, taxes and fees electronically. ACH is a straightforward procedure accomplished through a series of simple electronic transactions. Throughout the process there are no paper payments and no cashiers.
Automated Invoice Interface (AII)
AII allows filers to send electronic invoice information to Customs. This information is transmitted to Customs using either ABI record formats or the EDIFACT CUSDEC (Customs declaration). When EDIFACT is used, the filer also transmits data that is normally on the CF-3461 for cargo release, as well as the entry summary CF-7501, invoice data, and other government agency data.
Periodic Monthly Statement (PMS)
Move from a transaction-by-transaction duty payment process to an interest-free periodic monthly statement process. Pay duty for all shipments released during the previous calendar month by the 15th working day of the following month.