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ABI - Automated Broker Interface
Description
- 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. ABI expedites the release of merchandise for the trade community. Entry summaries are electronically transmitted, validated, confirmed, corrected, and paid. Administrative messages keep participants informed of all current information and issues.

Sponsor - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Link - http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/automated/automated_systems/acs/acs_abi_contact_info.xml


ACE - Automated Commercial Environment

Description - The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is the commercial trade processing system being developed by U.S. CBP. The ACE Secure Data Portal, essentially a customized Web page, provides a single, centralized, online access point for communications and information related to cargo shipments. All carriers are required to submit manifests detailing shipment, carrier, and other information to enter the United States. e-Manifests are simply electronically filed manifests. ACI is the Canadian equivalent program.

Sponsorship - U.S. CBP
Link - http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/automated/modernization/


ACROSS - Accelerated Commercial Release Operations Support System
Description
- The purpose of ACROSS is to provide importers and brokers with the ability to transmit release and invoice data in an electronic format, thereby removing the requirement to present hardcopy release packages. The released data is reviewed by a CBSA Inspector who will make a release recommendation (in the case of pre-arrival) or a release decision (in the case of post-arrival). Processing acknowledgements (pre-arrival) or release decisions (post-arrival) will be returned via Electronic Data Interchange to the originating importer/broker.

Sponsorship - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Link - http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/eservices/overview-sommaire-eng.html

 

ACI - Advance Commercial Information
Description - The Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program is about providing CBSA officers with electronic pre-arrival cargo information so that they are equipped with the right information to identify health, safety and security threats related to commercial goods before the goods arrive in Canada. e-Manifest will require the electronic transmission of advance cargo and conveyance information from carriers for all highway and rail shipments. In addition, the electronic transmission of advance secondary data will be required from freight forwarders and the electronic transmission of advance importer data will be required from importers or their brokers. ACE is the equivalent U.S. program.

Sponsorship - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Link - http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/aci-ipec/menu-eng.html

 

ACS - Automated Commercial System
Description
- The Automated Commercial System (ACS) is the comprehensive system used by the U.S. Customs Service to track, control, and process all commercial goods imported into the United States. ACS is being replaced by ACE.

Link http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/automated/automated_systems/acs/

 

AES - Automated Export System
Description
- The Automated Export System (AES) is a joint venture between CBP, the Foreign Trade Division of the Bureau of the Census (Commerce), the Bureau of Industry and Security (Commerce), the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (State), other Federal agencies, and the export trade community. It is the central point through which export shipment data required by multiple agencies is filed electronically to Customs, using the efficiencies of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). AES provides an alternative to filing paper Shipper's Export Declarations (SEDs). Export information is collected electronically and edited immediately, and errors are detected and corrected at the time of filing. AES is a nationwide system operational at all ports and for all methods of transportation. It was designed to assure compliance with and enforcement of laws relating to exporting, improve trade statistics, reduce duplicate reporting to multiple agencies, and improve customer service.

Sponsorship - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Link - http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/automated/aes/

 

APIS - Advance Passenger Information System
Description
- Established for commercial airline and vessel operators, APIS enhances border security by providing officers with electronic pre-arrival and departure manifest data on all passengers and crew members.

Sponsorship - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Link - http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/inspections_carriers_facilities/apis/

 

BIS - Border Information Service
Description
- The Border Information Service (BIS) is a computerized, 24-hour telephone service that automatically answers all incoming calls and provides general border services information. Find information on CBSA programs, services and initiatives divided into the following categories - Personal traveller; Business importation/exportation; Currency Exchange rates; and Coming to Canada.

Sponsorship - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Link - http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/bis-sif-eng.html

 

BRASS - Border Release Advanced Selectivity System
Description
- The Border Release Advanced Selectivity System (BRASS) tracks and releases highly repetitive shipments at land border locations. Customs scans a bar code into a personal computer, verifies that the bar code matches the invoice data, enters the quantity, and releases the cargo. The cargo release data is transmitted to ACS, which establishes an entry and the requirement for an entry summary, and provides ABI participants with release information.

Sponsorship - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Link - http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/automated/automated_systems/acs/acs_systems.xml

 

CAFES - Customs Automated Forms Entry System
Description
- The Customs Automated Forms Entry System (CAFES) is a new U.S. Customs Service initiative being developed by the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in conjunction with the Office of Information Technology (OIT). This project envisions the use of standard two dimensional (2D) barcodes and scanners to expedite the processing of in-bond documentation for the land border environment. Data content and quality are enhanced, enforcement and compliance promoted, and input tasking/hard copy document handling is reduced for U.S. Customs.

Sponsorship - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Link - http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/automated/automated_systems/cafes/cafes.xml

 

CANPASS
Description
- Canada Border Services Agency has programs in place that streamline customs and immigration clearance for low-risk, pre-screened travellers. CANPASS involves a number of related programs.

  • CANPASS Air for travellers flying into Canada by commercial airline.

  • CANPASS Corporate Aircraft for travellers flying on company aircraft.

  • CANPASS Private Aircraft  for operators of private aircraft.

  • CANPASS Private Boats for travellers using personal watercraft in international waters.

  • CANPASS Remote Area Border Crossing for travellers crossing the border at remote areas in Ontario from Pigeon River through to and including Lake of the Woods and the Canadian shore of Lake Superior.


Sponsorship - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Link - http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/canpass/menu-eng.html

 

CDRP - Commercial Driver Registration Program
Description
- The Commercial Driver Registration Program (CDRP) is designed to streamline the customs clearance process for commercial freight transporters into Canada from the United States. This program offers efficient and effective clearance to low-risk goods and pre-approved importers, carriers and commercial drivers. The CDRP is one of three components required for membership in the Customs Self-Assessment program (CSA), which involves: Importer Application, Carrier Application, and Commercial Driver Application.

Sponsorship - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Link - http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/cdrp-picsc/menu-eng.html

 

CSA - Customs Self Assessment
Description
- As part of the Customs Action Plan, the CBSA introduced the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program, a progressive trade option for clients who invest in compliance. The CSA program will give approved importers the benefits of a streamlined accounting and payment process for all imported goods. The CSA program also gives approved importers, approved carriers, and registered drivers the benefits of a streamlined clearance option for CSA eligible goods. The streamlined clearance process ends the need for transactional transmissions of data related to eligible goods.

Sponsorship - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Link - http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/csa-pad/menu-eng.html

 

CSI - Container Security Initiative
Description
- The Container Security Initiative (CSI) is a multinational program that protects the primary system of global trade - containerized shipping - from being exploited or disrupted by terrorists. In an effort to further harmonize commercial processes, the CBSA has partnered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the Container Security Initiative (CSI). The CSI is an extension of the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) Initiative, which was implemented in April 2004 and allows the CBSA to target and interdict potential terrorism threats before they reach our shores.

Sponsorship - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Link - http://www.cbp.gov/xp/CustomsToday/2006/october_november/csi_maritime.xml and

 

C-TPAT - Customs - Trade Partnership Against Terrorism
Description
- C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. C-TPAT recognizes that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. Through this initiative, CBP is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.

Sponsorship - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Link - http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/ctpat/

 

eManifest
Description
- OOnce implemented, eManifest will allow the CBSA to determine whether a shipment destined for Canada is of high or unknown risk that will require further examination. eManifest is the next phase of the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program. The ACI program helps meet trade demands by creating a paperless environment where air and sea carriers are required to submit pre-arrival cargo, crew and conveyance information electronically. eManifest will require the pre-arrival transmission of cargo, crew and conveyance information for all modes of transportation.

Sponsorship - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Link
- http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/manif/menu-eng.html

 

FAST - Free and Secure Trade
Description
- The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program is a joint Canada–United States initiative that supports moving pre-approved eligible goods across the border quickly and verifying trade compliance away from the border. It is a commercial process offered to pre-approved importers, carriers, and registered drivers. Shipments for approved companies, transported by approved carriers using registered drivers, will be cleared into either country with greater speed and certainty, and at a reduced cost of compliance. In Canada, FAST builds on the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program and its principles of pre-approval and self-assessment, as well as on the increased security measures under the Partners in Protection (PIP) program. FAST participants must meet the requirements of Canada's PIP program or the United States (C-TPAT) program. As part of these programs, companies must adopt and implement security procedures to be compatible with guidelines set by both the CBSA and CBP.

Sponsorship - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Link
- http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/fast-expres/menu-eng.html

Sponsorship - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Link - http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/ctpat/fast/

 

NEXUS
Description
- NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are cooperating in this joint venture to simplify border crossings for members, while enhancing security. To become a member in this program, you must:

  • submit an application and go through a registration process;
  • satisfy the eligibility criteria;
  • be admissible in Canada and the United States; and
  • pass risk assessments by both countries.

Sponsorship - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Link
- http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/nexus/about-sujet-eng.html

Sponsorship - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Link - http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/trusted_traveler/nexus_prog/nexus.xml

 

PAPS - Pre-Arrival Processing System
Definition
- The Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS) has become mandatory for truck carriers at land border ports of entry. PAPS requires the carrier to provide a barcode to be placed on a CBP 7533 (Inward Cargo Manifest) and invoice that contains the carrier’s SCAC code and a pro-bill number (northern border) or filer code and entry number (southern border). The invoice is transmitted via FAX or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to a customhouse broker for input into the Automated Broker Interface (ABI). The manifest and invoice with barcodes affixed are presented to the CBP Officer at the time of primary processing.

Sponsorship - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Link - http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/trade/trade_outreach/advance_info/paps.ctt/paps.doc

 

PIP - Partners in Protection
Description
- Partners in Protection (PIP) enlists the cooperation of private industry in an effort to enhance border security, combat organized crime and terrorism, increase awareness of customs compliance issues and help detect and prevent contraband smuggling. Organizations participating in PIP are asked to sign a partnership agreement with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and provide a self-assessment of its security systems. The CBSA will review this assessment and provide guidance, advice or suggestions to address any potential gaps.

Sponsorship - Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Link
- http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/security-securite/pip-pep/menu-eng.html

 

SBI - Secure Border Initiative
Description
- The Secure Border Initiative (SBI) is a comprehensive multi-year plan to secure America's borders and reduce illegal migration which includes more agents at the border, expanded detention and removal capabilities, upgraded technology, increased investment in border infrastructure and greatly increased interior enforcement of immigration laws.

Sponsorship - Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Link - http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/border_security/sbi/

 

SFI - Secure Freight Initiative
Description
- Phase I of the Secure Freight Initiative (SFI) involves the deployment of a globally integrated network of radiation detection and container imaging equipment to be operated in seaports worldwide. The purpose is to prevent terrorists from using nuclear or other radiological materials to attack the global maritime supply chain or using cargo containers to bring the resources for such an attack to the United States. The next core element of this initiative involves the development of a next-generation risk scoring capability to fuse certain existing, but not currently collected, data associated with a container's movement. Taken as a whole, the two-pronged Secure Freight Initiative will significantly strengthen maritime security and global non-proliferation efforts.

Sponsorship - Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Link - http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1165520867989.shtm

 

WHTI - Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
Description
- A U.S. law that requires all travellers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, to present a valid passport or another approved secure document when travelling to, through or from the United States from within the western hemisphere. The U.S. WHTI is being implemented in stages by mode of transportation. The new document requirements were implemented for air travel to or through the United States in January 2007. Final document requirements for those seeking to enter the United States at land or water ports of entry will take effect June 1, 2009.

Sponsorship - Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Link - http://www.cbp.gov/xp/CustomsToday/2007/dec_jan/new_travel_doc.xml