ACAS Filing Options
ACAS enables express carriers, passenger air carriers, freight forwarders, and all-cargo air carriers to send and receive advance security filing data and related action messages for all air cargo through CBP’s Automated Targeting System (ATS), based on three ACAS filing options:
Air carrier transmits advance shipment data for security filing to meet the ACAS requirement while subsequently transmitting post-departure Automated Manifest System (AMS) Air data in accordance with Trade Act requirements.
Freight forwarder transmits ACAS data to CBP to meet pre-loading targeting requirements; freight forwarder and carrier receive ACAS responses prior to consolidation and delivery to air carriers. Air carriers accept forwarder cargo for transport after confirming successful ACAS transmission, and perform required screening. Freight forwarder/Customs broker/CFS submit advance HAWB data via ACE Air (AMS Air)
Implementation of a two-way electronic messaging capability will further allow CBP and TSA to automate the ACAS referral process to request additional data, refer a shipment for screening, or in the case of a serious unmitigated threat, deliver a Do Not Load instruction.
What is ACAS (Air Cargo Advance Screening)?
The ACAS program has been mandatory since June 12, 2018. The ACAS program is a joint public/private partnership with CBP and the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). The ACAS program requires the airline or other 3rd party to submit manifest information before the loading of the cargo at the foreign destination.
ACAS allows CBP and the TSA to receive advance security filing cargo data as a means to target cargo shipments inbound to the United States that may be high risk and require additional physical screening under the appropriate regulatory framework and protocols.
What are the Benefits of the ACAS Program?
Increased security by leveraging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) threat data to employ a risk-based approach to improve air cargo security through targeted screening
Efficiencies by automating identification of high-risk cargo for screening before it is loaded on US bound aircraft
Reduced paper processes related to cargo screening requirements, thereby increasing carrier convenience
Avoiding reduced cut-off times that may result from carriers requesting earlier data submission from freight forwarders that are not ACAS filers
Facilitating freight forwarder business operations by increasing consolidation lead-times through improved visibility into which shipments require enhanced screening
Increasing security by leveraging DHS threat data and other data to employ a risk-based approach through targeted screening
ACAS Data Elements
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