The global trade management (GTM) software of Amber Road now supports the new "10+2" data-filing requirement of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The ruling mandates 10 additional sets of data from importers 24 hours prior to a container being loaded for vessel departure, and two more sets of data from ocean carriers no later than 48 hours after the vessel sails. The goal is to improve Customs' ability to target high-risk containers entering the U.S., from the standpoint of possible terrorist threats. The Amber Road GTM Suite gives importers the ability to capture key information flows that are needed to comply with the advance manifest requirements. The tool extends import business processes to suppliers, forwarders and brokers, providing the information backbone to collect, organize and report key data elements in support of the 10+2 ruling. Amber Road is recommending that importers take a number of steps to evaluate processes and systems in order to ensure compliance with the rule, including classifying goods prior to issuance of the purchase order, securing the identities of all parties related to the shipment transaction, retaining records of the Importer Security and Carrier Security filings that are associated with the shipment, and developing a mechanism for proactively identifying shipments that are at risk of incurring Customs delays because they are missing required data.
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