Filing Systems

USA

Automated Manifest System (AMS)
Due to strict security measures, the Automated Manifest System (AMS) determines that American customs have to be notified 24 hours in advance of shipments to as well as from the United States.

Import Security Filing (ISF)
The Import Security Filing (ISF) dictates that cargo must be reported to US customs 24 hours prior to being loaded into a container or ship.

Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)
The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s electronic manifest program, which was launched in 2007 and requires carriers to file an ACE Manifest at least one hour prior to arrival at the border.

Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS)
Similarly to ACE, the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) Program, which went into effect on June 12, 2018, requires the submission of advanced air cargo information on shipments arriving in the United States from a foreign location.

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Canada

Since 2004, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) requires that Canadian customs have to be notified 24 hours ahead of shipments to as well as from Canada. This filing is called Advance Commercial Information (ACI). Additionally, the so-called Electronic Manifest or eManifest has to be submitted to the CBSA before arrival of the shipment.

Japan

In Japan, Advance Cargo Information (ACI) must be submitted for all air cargo, crew and passenger information for all vessels and aircraft entering the country. The filing system is managed by the Nippon Automated Cargo and Port Consolidation System (NACCS) and went live in March 2019. The Ocean Advance Filing Requirement (AFR), ACI’s counterpart regarding inbound ocean shipment, has been mandatory since 2014.

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South Africa

As far as South Africa is concerned, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) aims to collect all revenues due and ensure optimal compliance with tax and customs legislation through its mandatory eFiling. This also provides a customs and excise service that will facilitate legitimate trade as well as protect the economy and society.

Mexico

Just like in the United States, the Automated Manifest System (AMS) requires that Mexican customs be notified 24 hours in advance of shipments to as well as from the country.

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