A significant development in the US importing world: American Shipper has just released an import benchmark study, “All The Right Moves: Importers Turn to Self-Filing,” which reports that the percentage of importers who are direct filing their customs entries nearly doubled in 2016 from 2014 and 2015 levels.
And here’s why:
- Importers in general are becoming more comfortable with tools and systems that let them self-file (direct file) some or all of their entries.
- The cutover to ACE this year placed some shippers in position where they might have been more prepared for ACE than their brokers, and so felt better served by filing themselves.
- There’s a general trend toward filing self-reliance in the trade, where importers want more control over their filing destiny. They want increased accuracy without having to go through their broker for corrections.
The free report is available here (registration required).
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