American 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).