AIRPEX's Import/ABI system provides a completely flexible means of accurately logging shipments, obtaining Customs and Border Protection (CBP) releases, submitting Entry Summary data, printing required CBP forms, tracking document submissions, calculating and remitting duties, taxes and fees, and tracking liquidations and protests.

Shipments are entered and a file number is assigned using the Log Edit program. Processing can proceed directly into Entry Summary processing. Data gathered in this process can be sent to the Cargo Release process. When ready, the operator can submit Entry Summary and Cargo Release data to CBP through ABI.

The system accommodates the data and records for the Pre-Importation Review Program.

Edits necessary for ABI processing are performed both during data entry and during a post processing phase which is invoked automatically when data entry on a file is complete. Some error detection can be done only during the formatting of the data for ABI transmis sion. These errors are immediately reported to the operator.

Each file is assigned a "File Type" which then automatically sets up charges for that file. Charges can be generic for a file type or specific to a customer for that file type. Charges can be flat rate or can be based on the number of invoices, lines or classifications. Duty and fees are calculated automatically during the Entry Summary processing.

Invoices can be printed individually or in batch. There is no limit to the number of invoices permitted per file.

The following forms are printed by the system:

  • 7501
  • 7512
  • 3461
  • FDA
  • MID
  • Delivery Order
  • Warehouse Withdrawal
  • Required Document Notifications
Reports include the 10-day Report, Liquidations, Daily Log and an array of statistical and Sales Analysis reports. Many of the reports can be set up to Fax or E-mail directly to customers. Statement timing can be customized both by site and by customer.

Both incoming and outbound BIRD messages are handled. This facilitates outport brokerage situations.

The complete set of databases necessary for the processing of entries is provided with the system and maintained either by downloading data from CBP or through data entry programs. The following table lists the databases and their source:

Billing Codes User
Invoice Templates User
File Types User
Filers User
Customer Bonds CBP/User
HTS Numbers CBP
Quotas CBP
Entry Types User
Bond Types User
Liquidation Codes User
Messages CBP
Required Documents User
GSP/CBI Exclusions CBP/User
Required Documents by HTS User
Formal Required by HTS User
Carriers CBP
Vessels User
Ports of Lading CBP
Ports of Unlading CBP
Countries CBP
Manufacturers CBP
Location of Goods CBP
Currencies CBP
Units of Measure User
Duty and Fee Rates CBP/User
Duty and Fee Formulas BMS
Broker Statistics CBP
Customer Part Numbers User
Holidays User

Most of the user maintained tables are preloaded by BMS to ease the startup process.

A Part Number database can be used for data entry. The database is keyed by customer. Using the database is especially helpful for repeat customers since it allows faster and more accurate data entry.

The system is designed to handle all Other Government Agency reporting. Currently the DOT, FCC, FDA and FWS modules are implemented.

An Automated Invoice Interface (AII) module has been developed and is being used by Brokers for Remote Location Filing, the precursor to National Entry Processing.

We have also implemented a sub-module dealing with the importation of articles assembled abroad using US components (9802.00.80). This module, which is designed primarily for wearing apparel, performs all necessary computations and produces all reports required by Customs.

A full complement of tracking and tracing inquiries are provided. Shipments can be tracked by:

  • Master B/L
  • House B/L
  • Log Date
  • File
  • Inbond Number
  • Invoice
  • Entry Customer Number
  • Billing Customer Number
  • Customer Reference (Multiple/Log)
  • Container Number
  • Vessel/Voyage
The user can access full details about any shipment from the tracking and tracing inquiries. Customers can access a limited subset of this data. They are restricted to their own files and do not have access to any financial data. The file access is based on "clusters". Each customer can be assigned a 3-letter cluster code. This allows large customers with multiple sites to track all their shipments regardless of site. The cluster codes are used in some statistical reports also.

The system includes a complete ACH payment processing module. Both Broker and Importer Statement Processing is provided.

The BMS Notes system is fully integrated into the Import module. This allows users to document step by step processing of the file. Notes are identified by user and date-time stamped.