As discussed previously in this blog, US Customs is set to begin a pilot program for simplified entry this spring. The pilot, which will be undertaken in three ports (Indianapolis, Chicago and Atlanta), will include nine broker participants: 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.
The purpose of the pilot is succinctly defined by CBP as follows:
Simplified Entry provides importers with the chance to file earlier in the process with a streamlined filing, which can be amended – a first-time feature for the Trade. Because the Simplified Entry can be filed earlier, this allows for an expanded window of opportunity to identify potential risks to CBP. The capability for filers to update information will result in more accurate data for CBP, thereby enhancing cargo security.
Simplified entries must be filed in ACE, signaling the importance that the agency is placing on the successor system to AMS.
In advance of pilot kickoff, CBP held meetings for the trade in the three pilot ports, and discussed the initial rollout for air cargo, the first mode of transportation to be tested.