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CustomsNow to sponsor at AAEI Conference in Austin, Texas – June 20-22nd!

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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The AAEI 96th Annual Conference & Expo officially kicks off June 20th, in Austin, Texas and   CustomsNow™ is excited to be a sponsor!

CNI’s Karin Smith (CEO), Cynthia Schenk (VP Sales) and   Nic Adams (VP Client Services) will be there, so  please stop  booth #27 to say hello.

Additionally, we would be happy to schedule a private demo or meeting, so please email us at sales@customsnow.com if you’re interested.

See you soon!  CustomsNow™

CustomsNow is a U.S. Customs-approved, ACE-certified ABI vendor and a fully Licensed     Customs Broker to provide the necessary support.  We’re focused on bringing automation & visibility to the U.S. import process.  Our clients are importers, brokers and other 3rd parties who need ACE ABI connectivity and automation for themselves or their clients.

CNI tools can make your importing life a little easier.  Tools like:

  •  ACE-certified ABI Software – Importers, brokers, forwarders, and more can file entries, in-  bonds, recons, PTTs with our simple, easy to use software.  Plus, we are a licensed Customs Broker    to provide our clients with excellent customer support.
  •  Import Trade Management (ITM) – A subscription-based solution for importers that stores ALL CBP & PGA data elements, including all the newbies!  Great as a work queue and provides an easy means to share this critical data with your broker.
  • Cargo Query System (CQS) – Another subscription-based solution which provides importers, forwarders, and other non-automated 3rd parties with immediate proof of CBP and PGA release info.  Now you can see what your broker and carrier see!

CustomsNow to exhibit at next week’s AAEI Conference

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

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The AAEI 95th Annual Conference & Expo officially kicks of June 5 in Arlington, VA, and CustomsNowis excited to be a sponsor.  We’ll be offering live demos of our ACE-certified ABI solutions at our booth each day, or a private session may be scheduled by emailing nic.adams@customsnow.com.  Learn about some simple tools that can make your importing life a little easier.  Tools like:

 

  • ACE-certified ABI Software – Importers, brokers, forwarders, and more can file entries, in-bonds, recons, PTTs with our simple, easy to use software.  Plus, we are a licensed Customs Broker to provide our clients with excellent customer support.
  • Import Trade Management (ITM) – A subscription-based solution for importers that stores ALL CBP & PGA data elements, including all the newbies!  Great as a work queue and provides an easy means to share this critical data with your broker.
  • Cargo Query System (CQS) – Another subscription-based solution which provides importers, forwarders, and other non-automated 3rd parties with immediate proof of CBP and PGA release info.  Now you can see what your broker and carrier see!

Stop by our Booth #407 to meet the CustomsNow team and enter to win a Tiffany keychain.

See you soon!

CustomsNow™

 

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CustomsNow is a U.S. Customs-approved, ACE-certified ABI vendor and a fully Licensed Customs Broker to provide the necessary support.  We’re focused on bringing automation & visibility to the U.S. import process.  Our clients are importers, brokers and other 3rd parties who need ACE ABI connectivity and automation for themselves or their clients.

ACE: File de minimis corrections via PSC process

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

seal_aceACE allows brokers and self-filers to easily correct entries via the Post Summary Correction (PSC) process (a vast improvement over the paper PEA process).

Before entries were being filed through ACE, the trade would file qualifying de minimis corrections via quarterly reports directly with various ports.  Now, however, these corrections may be filed with a PSC via ACE.

Some in the trade are uncertain as to whether they should file a de minimis correction for both shortages and overages.  CustomsNow™ recommends that that all the de minimis rule be followed for both.  This opinion is based on the following excerpts from the ACE Entry Summary Business Rules and Process document (emphasis added):

  • 16.1.1 PSC replaces post-entry amendments (PEAs) for all ACE entry summaries, with the exceptions noted below. PSC is a means for the importer to make electronic corrections via ABI on entry summary data presented to and accepted by CBP. Each PSC will be a full replacement of the entry summary data, and CBP will consider the PSC to be the importer’s “assertion” that the most recent entry summary data is correct.
  • 16.2.14 CBP generally does not process refunds or bills under $20. However, the importer may request a refund for less than $20 via PSC functionality using the accelerated liquidation request indicator.
  • When the PSC is received, CBP will perform a review, if required, and CBP will liquidate the entry using the two-week liquidation cycle

CustomsNow™ interprets this to mean that you should always make a correction, if eligible, no matter what the issue (overage, shortage, etc.) and that, if it falls under the de minimis amount of $20, you should not expect a bill or refund unless you specifically ask for it using the accelerated liquidation process.

However, check with your legal counsel to be certain that this is appropriate for your situation.

CustomsNow to exhibit at next week’s AAEI Conference

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
aaei_logoThe AAEI 94th Annual Conference & Expo officially kicks off June 1st in Arlington and we’re excited to be part of it.  Please stop by our booth #5 to learn how we’re helping to revolutionize the brokerage industry with our automated U.S. import solutions.  Plus, play our NEW Slot Machine and win fabulous prizes, including a grand prize from Tiffany™ during Tuesday’s AAEI “Power Hour.”
CustomsNow™ is a U.S. Customs-approved, ACE-Certified ABI vendor and a fully Licensed Customs Broker to provide the necessary support.  We’re focused on brining automation and visibility to the U.S. import process.  Our clients are importers, brokers and other 3rd parties who need ABI connectivity for themselves or their clients.
 
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Register for AAEI’s ACE webinar series

Friday, October 10th, 2014

 

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Starting October 22, AAEI will host a series of four webinars to bring the trade up to speed on different aspects of ACE.  Register at the links below.  AAEI notes that non-member registration will be limited, so act quickly.

ACE Webinar Part One: ” ACE, a Transaction Review”

On October 22 at 1:00 p.m EST, Melissa Irmen of Integration Point will be moderating “ACE, A Transaction Review,” where she will be leading a panel that will include the review of an ACE transaction from both a service provider and an Importer/Exporter perspective.  This webinar will walk through an ACE transaction, including information on pitfalls and best practices.


ACE Webinar Part Two: “Ace 101″

On October 24 at 2:00 p.m EST, Cindy Allen of DHL and Amy Magnus of A.N Deringer will present “ACE 101″, a primer on ACE.  As we get closer to the drop dead date of full ACE implementation in November 2015, we want to make sure that everyone has a solid foundation of where ACE is, where ACE is going, and how ACE affects your business.


ACE Webinar Part Three: “ACE, A Guided Discussion”

On October 29 at 1:00 p.m. EST, Beth Peterson of BPE Global will be moderating “ACE, A Guided Discussion”, a panel featuring a guided discussion with CBP, FDA, a local Port representative, and an Importer/Exporter.


ACE Webinar Part Four: “ACE and the PGA’s”

On November 5 at 1:00 p.m. EST, Jim Phillips of GM will moderate our final ACE panel, “ACE and the PGA’s” featuring a discussion of ACE from a PGA perspective.

 
 
 
 
Be sure to register today!
 
*Non-Member registration is limited.
*All registrations are pending AAEI approval

CustomsNow to exhibit at next week’s AAEI conference

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

aaei_logo2The AAEI 93rd Annual Conference & Expo officially kicks off June 16th in Minneapolis (our own backyard), and we’re excited to be part of it.  Stop by to learn how our direct filing solutions have provided more and more importers with significant savings, increased compliance and greater control of and visibility to their import programs.

Stop doing things the same old way and get A FRESH PERSPECTIVE with us.  And on that note, check out our Import Trade Management (ITM) solution, a robust, stand-alone database to store and manage ALL import product information. A valuable solution, whether you direct file your entries with CustomsNow, or use a 3rd party broker.  Some highlights:

  • Store up to 134 data elements per product – any and ALL agency required data
  • Capture HTS, MID, Origin, SPI, detailed description and more
  • Use as a classification work queue for new items
  • Share data easily with 3rd party brokers or use internally to self-file

See you soon at Booth 20!

More details on federal shutdown’s impact on CBP

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 1.29.19 PMSo how does the current federal government shutdown specifically impact US Customs’ operations?  It’s difficult to expect complete and timely information from CBP since — naturally — that agency’s communications are hampered by the shutdown, although CBP was able to report yesterday, via CSMS, that all Client Representatives offices would be closed.

Luckily, Global Trade Academy has posted a fairly comprehensive list of what CBP functions/offices continue to remain open for business despite the shutdown, such as the CEEs, revenue collection, and FDA and APHIS.  The full listing was obtained from the CEO of AAEI.

Since only about 10% of US Customs’ employees will be furloughed during the shutdown, the impact is not as severe as in other federal departments.

It is too early to speculate whether the shutdown will affect CBP’s East Coast Trade Symposium, slated for October 24 and 25.

 

CustomsNow to exhibit at AAEI Conference in Washington — June 16-18

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

 

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We’re excited to share our direct filing import solutions with you at the AAEI conference next week in Washington, DC!

Proven software with hands-on trade compliance experience.

CustomsNow is the leading provider of ABI software and is unique in that we are both an ACE-Certified ABI vendor and a fully Licensed Customs Broker.  This combination allows us to support your import initiatives in a way that other software companies can’t.

  • Self file all – or just some – of your import entries and ISFs.  It’s not an all-or-nothing proposition
  • Direct file reconciliation entries, in-bond filings, e-manifests, AES and more
  • Increase compliance, control and visibility to your supply chain
  • Automate the process — keep headcount low while processing a high volume of transactions
  • Start filing without hiring additional staff…then roll out and ramp up as desired

As long-time industry professionals, we know what it takes to design, implement and manage a world-class direct filing program.  We’ve done it for some of the largest importers in the country and we can do it for you.

Here’s what a few of our clients are saying…

“The added compliance, speed of filing and cost benefits has exceeded our expectations and we look forward to a continued partnership with CustomsNow.”  – Anthony Melendez, Director of Imports and Customs Compliance, Wet Seal / Arden B.

“The knowledge and integrity of the CustomsNow team was a major factor in our decision to self-file.  They made the system integration an easy process.  Within two months of implementation we were self-filing even more entries than anticipated, thus further reducing our entry fee cost outlay.”  – Larry Matthews, Director of International Trade and Customs Compliance, Medtronic.

CustomsNow – simply delivering you the best-in-class SaaS technology with real-world compliance experience, and the industry’s best support at a cost you’ll be very happy with.

See you in Washington, DC– booth 106!

 

Deadline nears for AAEI Conference early bird rates

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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Planning on attending the AAEI 92nd Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, DC in June?  If you haven’t yet registered, be advised that on May 9th,  the early bird registration deadline will lapse and the registration fee will increase by $50.  Find registration and other conference information here.

This year’s conference theme is Globalization:  Policy and Practice.  As usual, the schedule is jam-packed with compelling topics and speakers.  In addition, CustomsNow will proudly return as an exhibitor, providing attendees with the latest updates on establishing and managing a direct filing import program.

 

 

Add your voice to the 2012 AAEI Benchmarking Survey

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

From the American Association of Exporters & Importers:

The 2012 AAEI Benchmarking Survey is open, after restructuring it in alignment with the [CBP] Centers for Excellence and Expertise’s (CEE’s) industry categories. This year’s survey promises to be one of the most comprehensive surveys on international trade operations. It is open to members and non-members and will remain open until Friday, August 31, 2012. All participants will receive a free copy of the full results.

Click here to start the survey.

Past Benchmarking Survey results are available here.