Advanced Air Automated Manifest Software for a Seamless, Error-free Filing

The Automated Manifest System (AMS) is a means of speeding the flow of import cargo into the United States. Now part of ACE, Air AMS is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) electronic interface and release notification system designed to allow Air Waybill information to be filed with CBP, and to provide responses back to the filing company regarding the acceptance and status of Air Waybill data.

Descartes Air ACE™ Direct Filing Service is a unified customs filing solution for airlines, deconsolidators or freight forwarders. This service helps customers comply with CBP regulations and procedures, including the Trade Act of 2002 and subsequent regulations, and is certified and approved by the CBP. To accommodate customers’ varying technical capabilities, Descartes offers AMS Filing options that range from a user-friendly web-based service that permits manual entry of cargo manifest information to a more automated and integrated global EDI connection to securely transmit Air AMS filing data.

Descartes has joined with several major freight forwarders to help them manage their air cargo customs compliance processes. Our advanced automated manifest software for air allows freight forwarders to work as a full partner with carriers to meet U.S. Customs compliance requirements.

By leveraging the Descartes Air ACE Direct Filing Service, freight forwarders can improve the control over their data and gain direct visibility to the status of filings as well as manage customs compliance processes directly. The Descartes Air ACE Direct Filing Service guarantees the quality of data submitted to customs authorities. The service provides complete control over updates to the data, resolution of errors and offers the option of maintaining confidentiality of shipper and consignee information.


The Descartes Air ACE Direct Filing Service is full of the same features found in all Descartes customs compliance Applications:

  • Comprehensive administration and access control
  • Commercially sensitive data is kept secure and confidential
  • Interactive messaging and EDI global access
  • Dedicated redundant broad band, secured connections to/from CBP Systems
  • 7/24 hour availability, system monitoring and customer service hotline
  • Network connectivity to all major air carriers available
  • Ability to create multiple AMS filing accounts under a unified account
  • Preload and easily maintain party profiles
  • White label capability
  • Scale existing infrastructure with data capture flexibility from keyed entry to completely automated EDI process
  • Sophisticated tools to improve customer service by enabling the distribution of customs messages and status information to logistics partners and clients
  • Integration with Descartes Air ACI service, a service for freight forwarders and carriers to file in-bound manifest, export cargo and conveyance information to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) ACI System, for a comprehensive customs filing solution

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