What is AMS?
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Automated Manifest System (AMS) is both an imported merchandise inventory control system and a cargo release notification system. An integral part of the Automated Commercial System (ACS), AMS interacts with other ACS systems such as Automated Broker Interface (ABI), the Cargo Selectivity system, and the National In-bond Control Program (Source: CBP website).
The Automated Manifest System (AMS) is designed for the electronic filing of shipping documents in advanced of the cargo arriving in the US to speed the flow of cargo. This reduces paperwork for both carriers and Customs by eliminating the paper manifest and in-bond document (CF-7512). As an AMS participant, you will gain multiple benefits such as greater control, better communication, and a shorter holding time for imported cargo. When using AMS, the release process can start before the cargo departed from the foreign country.
How Magaya AMS Helps File Air Waybills and More:
Magaya software offers both an air and ocean AMS connection to US Customs. Here are some details on the Air AMS solution:
The Magaya Air AMS solution allows carriers to “Arrive” an in-bond shipment and to file in-bond, permit to proceed, and local transfers electronically. The carrier obtains notifications of releases, in-bond authorizations, general order, permit to proceed, and local transfer authorization upon flight arrival or departure from the last foreign port. Air waybill data can be transmitted in any sequence. Carriers have the option to transmit bills at random or group them by flight. Amendments to any air waybill information can also be transmitted electronically through AMS. Magaya Air AMS solution increases data reliability and electronic enforcement hold capability by standardizing the way the trade community and the U.S. Customs Service communicate. The Magaya AMS solution offers the following features:
Send a Manifest for Regular and Express Inbound Shipments
Make Changes to an already submitted Manifest
Send a Flight Departure Message
Get Freight Status Notifications
Query the Freight Status
Request In-Bond Cargo Movements
Getting Started with AMS
To become an AMS participant, contact the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. Each potential participant is sent a Respondent’s Checklist asking for information such as:
Direct arrival U.S. ports for your operations
Onward destination points where aircraft or vessels move on permits to proceed
Number of arrivals per month
Number of air waybills or master and house bills discharged per month for each port
Percentage of monthly air waybills/master bills per port that will move in-bond
Ports where you operate a bonded facility, with facility names and FIRMS codes.
Complete and return the checklist. A Client Representative will be assigned to work with your company and serve as technical advisor during testing and to provide assistance when needed.
In accordance with implementation of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Information Systems Security Policy, all participants that transmit electronic data directly to CBP’s Automated Export System (AES) or Automated Commercial System (ACS) are required to have a signed Interconnection Security Agreement (ISA) on file with CBP.
For specific information on AMS, see the US Customs and Border Protection website at:
Understanding AMS Error Codes
The following links take you to the US Customs and Border Protection Website (www.cbp.gov) where the latest error codes and their definitions can be found for Air and Ocean Automated Manifest System (AMS) errors:
Air AMS Error Code descriptions
About Magaya Corporation:
Magaya Corporation started in 2001 with the values of innovation, constant improvement, and serving our customers. The first software product we launched was the Magaya Cargo System, designed specifically for freight forwarders, NVOCCs, logistics providers, warehousing and DCs, importers, exporters, and others in the logistics industry. As we’ve grown, we’ve expanded to create supply chain software to serve the end-to-end needs of procurement, pricing, inventory control and more.
Our philosophy is to help companies succeed by offering a complete and flexible package that is cost effective and designed to grow with you. For small-to-medium companies, Magaya software provides the cost efficiencies necessary to stay competitive with the big players. For larger companies with multiple locations, the software is robust enough to handle high shipment volumes, rapid transaction traffic, and multiple users in different countries, time zones, and currencies.
Contact Magaya Corporation for more details:
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