U.S. chooses Lambert-St. Louis for cargo customs pilot
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) admitted Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) to its Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Cargo Release Pilot.
The ACE Cargo Release Pilot, formerly known as Simplified Entry, allows importers to file a streamlined set of data earlier in the import process, and update their entries right up to the carrier’s arrival.
Under ACE, CBP can review shipment information much earlier in the supply chain and either issue an admissibility message or request additional data. Filers can then resolve issues before the aircraft departs for the U.S. or during transit, resulting in fewer goods being held on arrival.
ACE Cargo Release assists importers in planning and arranging their logistics. The carrier submits the manifest and/or Air Cargo Advance Screening security filing, while the importer submits the ACE dataset.
Other airports included in the ACE pilot include Anchorage, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas Ft Worth, Houston, JFK, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco.
“We are delighted that Lambert-St. Louis has been chosen as one of the airports to help roll out this important program, which will increase efficiency and reduce potential delays in the supply chain,” David Lancaster, STL cargo development director, said.