The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has named A. N. Deringer, Expeditors, FedEx Trade Networks, FH Kaysing, Janel Group of New York, Kuehne + Nagel, Livingston International, Page & Jones, and UPS as participants in its simplified entry for airfreight pilot program.
The program, which was established to test the strength of the CBP’s Automated Commercial Environment system, could have strong implications for border safety, advocates said. In addition to replacing CBP Form 3461 with a condensed merchandise release document, it also lowers transaction costs, they explained.
“This is a real win-win,” Allen Gina, assistant commissioner for the CBP’s Office of International Trade, said in a statement. “The pilot will enhance national security because CBP can identify and address potential risks earlier in the process, and cargo will be expedited because the importers have more time to resolve potential problems before the goods arrive in the U.S.”
Under the program, the nine selected brokers will submit a streamlined data form with 12 required elements and three optional items prior to the shipment’s arrival to the U.S. Nike, USA Inc., GE Energy, Chrysler Group, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Ford Motor Co., Boeing and Lear Corp. are among the manufacturers represented in the pilot program, a CBP press release revealed.
“The simplified entry can be filed much earlier in the import process, allowing an expanded window of opportunity to identify potential risks earlier,” according to a press release. “It will also allow pilot participants to update entry information, providing CBP more accurate data and enhancing cargo security.”