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What is Global E-Commerce? Sometimes referred to as borderless business or cross border commerce among other things, global e-commerce is critically important for any business looking to expand in 2020 and beyond. However, while it is important, navigating the nuances of cross border e-commerce can be complicated given that
What is the Section 321 Data Pilot? Section 321 Data Pilot refers to a voluntary study by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The pilot study began on August 22, 2019 and is expected to run for a year. During the test period participants will electronically transmit cargo
Section 321 is a shipment type used in the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ACE system that allows low-value shipments of <=$800 USD to be cleared through the border without paying duty or tax. To qualify for Section 321 shipment type any goods being imported into the US should
A Container Freight Station refers to a facility that consolidates or de-consolidates freight before preparing such freight for the next leg of its journey. Most CFS will be located close to ports of entry such as airports, ocean container ports and major railway hubs.  In the US, a CFS
Since January 2019, it has been mandatory to file advanced eManifest for Section 321 shipments which are shipments with a value of $800 or less. While all shipments that qualify for Section 321 shipments may enter the United States tax and duty-free, the trucker or highway carrier needs to
Customs & Border Protection (CBP), ACE eManifest, and the Automated Commercial Environment are very well-developed organizations and systems. But regardless of how well designed an organization or system is, there will come a time when you will experience some downtime. In the CBP system with so many dependencies, there can
The following messages are summarized in the CBP ACE Air CAMIR document. ACE Air eManifest was formally referred to as AMS Air or Automated Manifest System. The FRI (Freight Report Inbound) message is used for reporting advance Air eManifest data to the CBP ACE eManifest system.  This message is, however, not usable in
An Express Consignment Carrier Facility (ECCF) refers to a shared or separate specialized facility that has been authorized by the port director to handle the inspection and clearance of express consignment shipments. It is, for the most part, a bonded warehouse with the authorization and capacity to process high
Automated Manifest System (AMS) Air The CBP legacy system was known as AMS Air.  Later CBP upgraded and moved the AMS Air system platform to the ACE (Automated Commercial Environment) platform.  After this move, CBP refers to the AMS Air system as ACE Air or ACE Air eManifest. Automated