The Automated Broker Interface (ABI) is a component of the U.S. Customs Service’s Automated Commercial System that permits qualified participants to electronically file required import data with Customs. ABI is a voluntary program available to brokers, importers, carriers, port authorities, and independent service centers. Currently, over 96% of all entries filed with Customs are filed through ABI.
With ABI, you, the importer can:
Receive conditional cargo release results up to five days before the ocean conveyance arrives, one day for air transport, same day for truck transport and rail transport.
File entry release data electronically for cargo release.
File consumption entries, TIB entries, FTZ entries, and warehouse withdrawals for consumption.
Update entry dates electronically.
Change selected shipping details on entries in Customs status up until the time cargo arrives.
Certify entry summary for cargo release processing–a separate 3461 transaction is not required.
Receive priority handling through exam/release processing (including quota and on-stop-quota).
File drawback claims electronically.
Pay statements electronically through the Automated Clearinghouse (ACH).
The benefits to you, besides the customs brokerage fees of $60 to $150 per entry charged by customs brokers that translates to savings of between $62,000 to $156,000 a year if you have about 20 imports a week, are:
Expedited cargo release.
Electronic transmission, validation, confirmation, and correction for entry summaries.
Payment options such as daily statement and electronic payment through the Automated Clearinghouse (ACH).
Validated duties, taxes, and fees.
Interactive communication with Customs.
Courtesy notices of liquidation, extension, and suspension.
Consolidated reports under the National Importer Liquidation Program.
Error statistics available monthly.
Timely tariff updates.
Query capabilities such as HTS, Manufacturer, Quota/Visa, Bond, Administrative Messages and so on.
Uniform entry summary processing.
The purpose shall be to eliminate U.S. customs entry fees and service charges and establish a direct link with U.S. Customs’ electronic system.