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Pilot Program Offering Quicker Release of Imported Goods Expanded to 14 More Airports

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Effective Feb. 24, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has expanded the cargo release pilot program under the Automated Commercial Environment to the following additional airports.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Baltimore Washington International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport

Providence Green Airport

Syracuse Hancock Airport

Lambert–St. Louis International Airport

Kansas City International Airport

Springfield Airport

Spirit of St. Louis Airport

Laredo International Airport

Nashville International Airport

Denver International Airport

Portland International Airport

Orlando International Airport

Airports at which this pilot was already operational are as follows.

Anchorage International Airport

Atlanta International Airport

Boston Logan International Airport

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Houston International Airport

Indianapolis International Airport

New York Kennedy International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport

Memphis International Airport

Miami International Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport

Oakland International Airport

San Francisco International Airport

Seattle Tacoma International Airport

In the cargo release pilot, filers submit a smaller entry data set while carriers submit the manifest/Air Cargo Advance Screening security filing (as appropriate). Filers provide the ACE entry information as soon as it is available and may update it up to the point the plane arrives. This advance filing allows CBP to run its targeting earlier and then message a release indication on the goods. If additional data is required, filers can resolve these issues before the plane leaves or during transit, resulting in fewer goods held at arrival and more goods released into commerce quickly. The pilot is expected to run until about Nov. 1, 2015.

The cargo release pilot was recently expanded to type 01 (consumption) and type 11 (informal) commercial entries filed in the ocean and rail modes of transportation at specified ports.

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