(STR Trade Report)
Somewhat surprisingly, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that ABI functionality to electronically transmit in-bonds for air cargo (QX/WX) will be deployed to production on Nov. 5. This functionality will allow air cargo transported in-bond from the port of arrival to a port of destination (e.g., for entry into a bonded warehouse or foreign-trade zone) to move seamlessly and without delay.
CBP had abandoned a previous attempt to deploy this functionality due to technical problems and officials had said afterward that it was not a priority, even though CBP’s proposed in-bond regulations would require electronic reporting for all in-bonds. In the meantime importers moving air cargo in-bond have had to complete and submit a paper form to CBP, where approval can be delayed. Under QX/WX, however, electronic approval from CBP will take only a matter of minutes.
CBP states that as of Nov. 5 ABI in-bond requests may only be transmitted for air waybills that have been transmitted and accepted in the Air Automated Manifest System. In addition, the following points should be kept in mind.
- air in-bonds must be requested at the simple and house bill levels
- when applicable, previous in-bond numbers must be transmitted with subsequent in-bond requests
- previous in-bonds must be arrived before a subsequent in-bond request is transmitted
- partial piece counts are not permitted with QX (either space fill or zero fill)
- in-bond requests for split air waybills must match the arrival information transmitted by the air carrier for each part
- in-bond requests for split air waybills must have a unique in-bond control number for each part arrival
Date: October 29, 2012