Automated Broker Interface (ABI) Guide (CBP)

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How to use BorderConnect ABI In-Bond add-on.

This guide offers instructions on using BorderConnect's Automated Broker Interface (ABI) In-Bonds Add-On. BorderConnect ABI In-Bonds allows users to electronically report in-bond arrivals and exports to US Customs and Border Protection. It provides greater visibility of in-bond shipments through the use of the included In-Bond Status Query feature.

Introduction

New regulations were announced by CBP in 2017 concerning electronic reporting of In-Bond shipments.[1] While the regulations aren't being enforced yet, they are expected to be enforced at some point in 2019.

Currently, carriers with an In-Bond shipment can present a paper 7512 copy of the in-bond to CBP at the destination port, and officers will arrive and/or export the in-bond for the carrier. This "closes" aka "cancels" the in-bond out, completing the bonded movement and making sure the carrier doesn't get penalized for an overdue in-bond.

Under the new regulations, carriers will instead be required to electronically report the arrival and export of the in-bond shipment. In-bond port diversions are also required to be reported electronically. BorderConnect's ABI In-Bonds software uses CBP's Automated Broker Interface to allow carriers, freight forwarders, US Bonded warehouses, and other affected parties meet the new electronic reporting requirement.

The Automated Broker Interface is an integral part of US Customs and Border Protection's ACS (Automated Commercial System) that permits qualified participants to file import data electronically with CBP. ABI is a voluntary program available to brokers, importers, carriers, port authorities, and independent service centers.

Registering for BorderConnect ABI In-Bonds and Getting Started

If your company doesn't already have an account with BorderConnect, go to www.borderconnect.com and click Sign Up Now. Enter your company details and finish the registration. Then, follow the instructions below.

If you DO NOT have a filer code.
1. Contact us, we'll help you submit a Letter of Intent.
2. In approximately 2 weeks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue you a filer code.
3. Our CBP client representative will set up your filer code to work with BorderConnect for In-Bond only filing. You can now begin using the BorderConnect ABI add-on.
If you already have a filer code.
Our CBP client representative will set up your filer code to work with BorderConnect for In-Bond only filing.

BorderConnect ABI In-Bond Menu

Displays all options in BorderConnect's ABI In-Bonds software. Options will only be available if your account has already been set up for ABI In-Bonds as above.

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WP Send Requests

WP is the message type used to electronically report in-bond arrival, export, port diversion, or transfer of liability to CBP.

WP Send Request Search
This page helps users search for previous WP send requests. Users can search for specific bond entry number, in-bonds created within specific dates, by container number and house bill numbers. The results of the search are displayed below, including whether the WP Send Request was accepted, rejected, or is still awaiting CBP response.
Arrive Entire In-Bond
Notifies CBP that the in-bond shipment has arrived at the destination (far side) port specified on the in-bond. Using this option will arrive the entire in-bond, even if it consists of multiple bills of lading and/or containers.
Arrive Bill of Lading
Notifies CBP that one of the bills on lading of an in-bond shipment has arrived at the destination (far side) port specified on the in-bond. Using this option will arrive only one bill of lading on the in-bond, though if the in-bond only consists of a single bill of lading, this will still have the effect of arriving the entire in-bond.
Arrive Container
Notifies CBP that one of the containers on an in-bond shipment has arrived at the destination (far side) port specified on the in-bond. Using this option will arrive only one container on the in-bond, though if the in-bond only consists of a single container, this will still have the effect of arriving the entire in-bond.
Export Entire In-Bond
Notifies CBP that the in-bond shipment has left the US. Using this option will export the entire in-bond, even if it consists of multiple bills of lading and/or containers.
Export Bill of Lading
Notifies CBP that one of the bills on lading of an in-bond shipment has left the US. Using this option will export only one bill of lading on the in-bond, though if the in-bond only consists of a single bill of lading, this will still have the effect of exporting the entire in-bond.
Export Container
Notifies CBP that one of the containers on an in-bond shipment has left the US. Using this option will export only one container on the in-bond, though if the in-bond only consists of a single container, this will still have the effect of exporting the entire in-bond.
Port Diversion
Requests a change to the destination port of and in-bond shipment.
Transfer Liability
Transfers the liability for the in-bond shipment from the currently obligated party to a new one. This option should not be used without an understanding of when it is permitted by CBP.

In-Bond Status Queries

In-Bond Status Query Search
This page allows users to view in-bond status queries and see their responses from CBP. Users can search for specific status queries using the in-bond entry number and date ranges. By default, the last week's worth of status queries are displayed. Below, users can also see the results based on the current search criteria. If the status query has a response from CBP, the status of the in-bond will be displayed as well. Clicking "View" on an individual status query that has a response will show the details page for that query, which will lists further details of the in-bond.
Send In-Bond Status Query
This page helps users send status queries for in-bond shipments. On this page, users can enter in-bond entry numbers and send requests to CBP to gather up-to-date information on specific in-bonds. Responses will be shown on the In-Bond Status Query Search page.

Search WP In-Bond Send Requests

The Search for WP Send Requests page is the main page the user sees when navigating from the menu option 'ABI In-Bonds'. From this page, you can Send Arrival Requests, Send Export Requests, Send Port Diversion Requests, or Send Transfer of Liability Requests. This page also provides details on previous requests that were sent with responses from CBP for other WP Send Requests.

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Reporting In-Bond Arrivals

The Send In-Bond Arrival Message to CBP page is the main page the user sees when navigating from the ABI menu option 'Arrive Entire In-Bond'. From this page, you can Report In-Bond Arrivals. To transmit an in-bond arrival, enter the In-Bond Entry Number, the Port of Arrival, FIRMS Code, and the In-Bond Arrival Date and Time. If the mode of transportation is air, a House Bill Number may be required.

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Reporting In-Bond Exports

The Send In-Bond Export Message to CBP page is the main page the user sees when navigating from the ABI menu option 'Export Entire In-Bond'. From this page, you can Report In-Bond Exports. To transmit an in-bond export, enter the In-Bond Entry Number, the In-Bond Export Date and Time. If the mode of transportation was air, a House Bill Number may be required.

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In-Bond Status Queries

The Send In-Bond Status Query page is the main page the user sees when navigating from the ABI menu option 'Send In-Bond Status Query'. From this page, you can send in-bond status queries. To transmit a status query to CBP enter the In-Bond Entry Number and click Send. Responses will be provided in the In-Bond Status Query Search page.

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  1. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/28/2017-20495/changes-to-the-in-bond-process