The Automated Broker Interface is an integral part of ACS that permits qualified participants to file import data electronically with Customs. 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).
Before AES, the export system was paper-bound; expensive, labor intensive, error prone. AES uses proven technology in a new way to address a significant problem with the export process. It will contribute to a re-engineering of the way U.S. exports are accomplished. The Automated Export System (AES) is a joint venture between CBP, the Foreign Trade Division of the Bureau of the Census (Commerce), the Bureau of Industry and Security (Commerce), the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (State), other Federal agencies, and the export trade community. It is the central point through which export shipment data required by multiple agencies is filed electronically to Customs, using the efficiencies of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). AES provides an alternative to filing paper Electronic Export Information (EEI). Export information is collected electronically and edited immediately, and errors are detected and corrected at the time of filing. AES is a nationwide system operational at all ports and for all methods of transportation. It was designed to assure compliance with and enforcement of laws relating to exporting, improve trade statistics, reduce duplicate reporting to multiple agencies, and improve customer service.
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. ACH automates the time consuming method of using cash and checks to pay duties and fees on imported merchandise. ACH also automates the time consuming process of depositing Treasury checks, eliminating the delay and risk associated with receiving Treasury checks through the mail. The accuracy and speed of ACH results in a higher volume of completed transactions for the importer and CBP, saving time and money. ACH fulfills the need for swift, accurate payment transfers in today's competitive business environment.
EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) is a standard format for exchanging business data. The standard is ANSI X12 and it was developed by the Data Interchange Standards Association. ANSI X12 is either closely coordinated with or is being merged with an international standard, EDIFACT.