Take the American Shipper GTM benchmark survey

american shipper 2American Shipper is encouraging the trade to participate in its annual Global Transportation Management Benchmark Survey.  The survey, which is composed of fewer than 30 questions, will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Published in partnership with the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the survey is designed to accurately capture how shippers and logistics services provider handle global transportation management processes and technology.  This study pertains strictly to the “blocking and tackling” of international logistics management – primarily planning, order management, tendering and event management.

Take the survey prior to the April 24 deadline to receive a chance to win 15,000 Marriott Rewards Points.



Customs recon: Is ACE currently the best source for data?


Some in the trade are unclear about how to handle reconciliation entries (type 9) that are filed in ACE via one customs broker, but where the actual reconciliation is handled by another broker.   Specifically, the issue is whether the importer, the original filing broker and the recon broker all have access to information via ACE.

The short answer is that in ACE, the importer has access to entry data filed by all brokers, and is able to share those detailed entry reports with the broker filing the reconciliation.  However, based on recent experience, currently the best and most accurate reporting for reconciliation purposes is STILL use of the ITRAC report.  This includes complete entry data as well as a “recons due” report (and many other views) to ensure that all underlying flagged entries are properly closed out.  ITRAC, used in conjunction with CBP’s Master Extract, paints the best picture for recon.

At this time, ACE reports can be used as a third source to validate questions, but there remain issues and inconsistencies with the data when it comes to recon.  Once ACE supplants ACS as US Customs’ official system of record on October 1, 2016, it is expected that ACE reports will be the definitive source for recon data.

In the meantime, importers may request ITRAC and Master Extract reports from CBP.  We encourage importers to make requests close to the time they begin working their recons, so that any post-entry activity (e.g., refund amount, tariff changes etc.) is captured in the data, making the recon filing process less painful.  The foregoing, of course, also applies to US importers that self-file their own recon entries without the use of a broker.




ACE: Sign up for March 16 webinar on PGA Single Window

seal_aceRegister now for next week’s webinar, hosted by the Border Interagency Executive Council, which will discuss the Participating Government Agency (PGA) Single Window.  As many in the trade are aware, US Customs’ new ACE system will become the Single Window – the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports to CBP and other agencies having jurisdiction.

Currently, CBP and 47 PGAs are working to enable shippers to file cargo entries in ACE.   The webinar will focus on progress made by three of those agencies — Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The webinar, which is free of charge, will run from 2 – 3 PM ET on Monday, March 16.  Future webinars will follow.

LA/LB Ports: New chassis pool to help clear cargo backlog

March 1, 2015.  A significant backlog of container ships awaits unlading at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, visible from over 50 miles away in southern Orange County, CA.  ® 2015 Customs Now, Inc.
March 1, 2015. A significant backlog of container ships awaits unlading at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, visible from over 50 miles away in southern Orange County, CA. ® 2015 Customs Now, Inc.

While extraordinary congestion from the West Coast port labor dispute remains at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex, key stakeholders have taken a major step forward to address the backlog.

As reported today in Transport Topics, three of the ports’ largest intermodal chassis operators have created a chassis pool that “allows truckers to use equipment from any of the pools, instead of having to find, or wait for, a chassis from one of the individual pool operators.”

A chassis shortage was a weighty area of contention in the labor dispute, and the establishment of the pool is critical to address the estimated half million containers that continue to clog the port complex.