Customs Clears Hurdle in Simplified Filing

Customs Clears Hurdle in Simplified Filing

Customs and Border Protection announced a major step toward fulfilling a 10-year-old goal of giving importers a “single window” to government.

The agency said it had completed a “harmonized” data set that comprises information required by some 50 federal agencies that have regulatory authority at the border.

When the data set becomes operational later this year as part of the Automated Commercial Environment, an importer that has goods regulated by several agencies will be able report data one time, and it will be distributed electronically to the “participating government agencies” through the International Trade Data System.

Cynthia Allen, executive director of Customs’ ACE business office, said the technology needed to handle the data will be complete by year’s end. The data set will be used in connection with the ACE cargo release system that is planned for 2012.

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