ABI (Automated Broker Interface)
Cargo release is available to operational entry summary filers when entry summary data
is unavailable or summary data is not desired. Cargo release or entry summary information
can be transmitted prior to the arrival of merchandise. Errors are corrected through ABI
before the entry summary (CF-7501) has been filed with Customs.
ABI participants who have the capability to transmit entry (CF-3461) and entry summary
(CF-7501) data through ABI are eligible for One Stop Quota. In locations where the option
is available, One Stop Quota allows an ABI participant to file documents directly with an
assigned import specialist team. Each team has been specially trained in entry summary
processing. One Stop Quota greatly reduces the turnaround time from the filing of entry
documents to the time the merchandise is released.
ABI's interface with other government agencies (OGA) electronically transfers data on import
transactions. The interface eliminates the need for paper copies of other government agencies'
forms, which are otherwise required by Customs with the entry or entry summary. The OGA interface
allows filers to comply with Department of Transportation, Bureau of Census, Federal Communications
Commission, Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requirements.
Statement processing allows ABI filers to pay multiple ABI entry summaries with one check or
payment transaction. Customs generates a preliminary statement of summaries due and transmits
the statement to the filer through ABI. The filer prints and reviews the preliminary statement,
updates the statement with additions or deletions, and submits a final statement with payment.
After the statement has been paid, the filer receives a final statement from Customs, through ABI,
that lists all summaries paid. This final statement serves as a receipt of payment.
Statement processing reduces the processing time for collection and acceptance of an entry summary.
It reduces the costs and risks of handling paper checks and affords more control over summary
filing and duty payment. In addition, filers using statement processing are eligible to participate in ACH.
Filers can have their entry summaries grouped by two statement types: Broker statements and Importer statements.
Broker statements group entry summaries by filer code. An additional option for a broker statement is a branch
statement, which is divided by a branch office designation transmitted by the filer. This allows several
statements to be generated for the same filer in the same processing port.
Importer statements group entry summaries for a single importer, as specified by the filer.
This option is useful to brokers who handle many summaries each day for a single importer,
especially if they have a consolidated billing arrangement with the importer. An importer
statement can be further grouped by importer number and a suffix transmitted by the filer.
This is useful to importers with several subdivisions.
ACH is an electronic payment option that allows ABI filers to pay Customs fees, duties,
and taxes with one electronic transaction. Filers transmit payment authorization to
Customs through ABI. The payer's account is debited and the Customs account is credited
with the amount due. The accuracy and speed of ACH results in a higher volume of completed
transactions, saving time and money for both the filer and for Customs.
For more information on ACH, see our Automated Clearinghouse page.
The tariff tape is an essential element of ABI. Using this tape has significantly
reduced entry summary processing errors and rejections. The tape is issued in December
of each year and contains new tariff schedule numbers and rates of duty for the upcoming
year. Updates to the tariff files are available electronically as they become available
during the year. ABI participants are notified through administrative message when updates are available.
Filers can submit a drawback claim to Customs through ABI or on a diskette.
This ensures that the data is quickly and accurately recorded in ACS and results
in faster claim processing and issuance of the drawback payment. Immediate acceptance
or rejection of data is available.
The ABI electronic protest system allows ABI participants to file,
amend, and query 514 protests, 520(c) and (d) petitions, and 181.115
interventions. The protest, petition, or intervention can be transmitted
remotely from any location. Customs views and processes the protest on-line.
An automatic notification routine keeps the filer informed of any change
in status. Notification of Customs decision is sent to the filer electronically.
ABI participants can query various ACS files through ABI.
Query Importer and Bond Data
During the ABI test phase, a participant's customer file may be queried against
the Customs Importer/Bond file. Adding an ABI participant's customer file to ACS
eliminates the need to manually file numerous forms with the local Customs office.
By continuously updating information through ABI, the participant avoids
importer/ultimate consignee related errors in entry and entry summary transactions.
Query Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
Query antidumping/countervailing duty cases by case number, International Organization
for Standardization (ISO) country code, or tariff number.
Query Tariff File
Query the tariff file for rates of duty, statistical information, indexes, and notes.
Query for a past date or the current date.
Query Error Statistics
Obtain error statistics for entry summary and cargo release data processing for two prior months.
Query Quota and Visa Information
Obtain up-to-date quota information for a tariff number or textile category,
and a country. Query information on textile visa for a specific country.
Query Protest Information
Obtain either a recap giving just the current processing status, decision status,
and office currently assigned the protest, or a full file giving a complete copy of the protest.
ABI participants can query reference files from the Customs Data Center and download the
following data to their own computer system:
Customs can communicate with ABI participants on an individual basis, specific port basis,
or provide general information to all participants through the use of administrative messages.
Courtesy notices of liquidation/extension/suspension are sent to all operational ABI participants
who are entry filers. While this notice is not legally binding, it does provide advance, electronic
notification of liquidations. Under the National Importer Liquidation (NIL) program, an importer can
request that all courtesy notices be sent to a specific ABI participant who is an entry filer.
Importers requesting this service must submit a Hold Harmless Agreement to Customs.
- Antidumping/Countervailing Duty Cases
- Carrier Codes
- Country Codes (ISO)
- Currency Conversion Codes
- Currency Exchange Rates
- Error Warning Statistics
- Facilities Information and Resources Management System (FIRMS) Codes
- Foreign Port Codes
- Gold Prices
- GSP Files
- Harmonized Tariff Schedule
- Import Specialist Team Assignments
- OGA Information
- Port Codes
- State and Zip Codes