US customs to simplify air cargo process
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced plans to streamline the entry process for air cargo. During the Simplified Entry pilot, the importer or broker will provide 13 data items and three optional data items, instead of the 27 currently required. Participants must have an ACE Portal Account and hold a Tier 2 status or higher in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. CBP Commissioner Alan D. Bersin said, "The Simplified Entry pilot expedites cargo release into the stream of commerce. The trade industry and CBP will both realize significant efficiencies while enhancing security with more accurate information provided earlier in the import process."
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