Benchmark study: more importers are self-filing

american shipper 2American Shipper’s sixth annual Import Operations and Compliance Benchmarking Study has found an increase in the number of shippers who self-file customs entries:

  • The number of “systems-based” respondents (companies that use at least one application to facilitate their import functions) that outsource their customs filings decreased from 72% to 53% since last year
  • 24% of systems-based respondents self-file (direct file) customs entries, up 10% from last year
  • 23% of systems-based respondents use a combination of direct filing and outsourcing customs filings, also up 10% from 2013
  • Even “manual’ respondents (companies that use other technologies outside of import functions) are direct filing

The benchmarking study is available here (registration required).


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