In-Bond Shipment Data Filed Electronically with Air Automated Manifest System

TradePoint, Panalpina claim first paperless filing with U.S. Customs system for expediting freight clearance

TradePoint, Panalpina claim first paperless filing with U.S. Customs system for expediting freight clearance

Nashua, NH  August 25, 2004  In early July freight-forwarder Panalpina and its in-house airfreight provider ASB-Air in Miami combined with TradePoint Systems to complete the first successful electronic transmission of in-bond shipment data to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for Air Automated Manifest System (Air AMS), allowing for immediate CBP clearance of in-bond/transit shipments and effectively making in-bonds paperless.

Air AMS allows participants to "arrive" an in-bond shipment and to file in-bond, permit to proceed, and local transfers electronically. Notifications of releases, in-bond authorizations, general order, permit to proceed, and local transfer authorization are obtained upon flight departure or arrival from the last foreign port. Amendments to any air waybill information can also be transmitted electronically through AMS. Last Friday, August 13, was the first CBP compliance deadline for Air AMS.

"This is a major change in our industry and ASB-Air in Miami are very proud to be the very first company to achieve this," said John Boyd, head of hub/local capacity management ASB-Air Miami. "This achievement eliminates a multitude of processes expediting the clearance of freight for our customers."

"We will continue to work every step of the way with CBP to ensure that our customers are ready in advance with all mandated changes," said Ken Halle, chief operating officer at TradePoint Systems. "We pride ourselves on our customer's successes with not only being the first, but to develop programs that decrease the release time and improve global trade. TradePoint will remain at the forefront of all new programs associated with ACE, AES and C-TPAT."

Panalpina is a provider of forwarding and logistics services, specialized in intercontinental airfreight and seafreight consignments and the associated supply chain management solutions. TradePoint Systems, part of the Kewill Group, specializes in global trade execution and management solutions, including software, consulting and managed services, for import, export, logistics, U.S. and international trade regulatory compliance.

For more information on the challenges and opportunities presented by increasingly global supply chains, see the special in-depth report in the August/September 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, which includes the following articles:

For more information on the global supply chain, with a focus on security issues, see "Building the Secure Supply Chain," the Net Best Thing article in the June/July 2003 issue of iSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive) magazine.