We recently announced that F.H. Kaysing Company (FHK) is successfully using Descartes' certified Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) solution to participate in the U.S. Customs & Border Protection's (CBP) Simplified Entry Pilot.

As one of nine brokers selected by the CBP to participate in the Pilot, FHK’s participation allows them to file a streamlined data set earlier in the import process. Through the Pilot, participants submit a reduced amount of information—12 required and three optional data elements—prior to the arrival of air cargo. The simplified entry can be filed much earlier in the import process, allowing an expanded window of opportunity to identify potential risks earlier. The process allows pilot participants to update entry information (which was not previously possible), providing CBP more accurate data and enhancing cargo security. All of this enhances national security, simplifies the merchandise release process and reduces costs for the trade.

Regarding the pilot and work with Descartes, Jeanie Metzen, President of FHK said - "FHK is committed to maintaining our distinctive identity as a proven leader in compliance and operational efficiency, and we are pleased to be participating in CBP's Simplified Entry Pilot. We have been using Descartes to file ACE entries since 2009 and recognized the high quality of their solutions and the service. We believe our ongoing positive relationship with Descartes was a key element in our selection for the Pilot and we look forward to continuing to drive innovation in the brokerage industry together.”

Descartes’ Customs & Regulatory Compliance suite is built on years of experience working with regulatory authorities and customers. We are so pleased to be working with FHK on this Pilot and excited that our Logistics Technology Platform will enable the brokerage industry to comply as new regulations evolve.

Look out for Descartes at upcoming customs industry events including: Descartes Canadian Broker/Forwarder hosted Event Toronto, ON, May 23, 2012 American Association of Exporters and Importers ( AAEI) 91st Annual Conference & Expo Arlington VA, June 3-5, 2012 International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA) EU Annual Conference Barcelona, Spain, June 10-12, 2012 Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) eManifest Session Toronto, ON, July 12, 2012 More information on these events can be found at http://www.descartes.com/news-events/events

Written by Chris Jones

Executive Vice President of Marketing and Services