Automated Broker Interface (ABI)

The U.S. Customs program to automate the flow of customs-related information among customs brokers, importers, and carriers.

The Automated Broker Interface (ABI) is the electronic version of the paper-based Automated Manifest System (AMS), which is mandated by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). A broker is an agent who arranges transportation for goods.

The ABI/AMS system ensures that all information that would appear on a paper manifest appears in the ABI/AMS, especially commercial terms. Brokers file import manifests electronically via ABI/AMS.

A carrier must be licensed with CBP to transport imports into the U.S. If they are not, importers should check their insurance policy or get more information on how to choose a qualified carrier.

The ABI/AMS system also includes the 24-Hour Rule: importers must file entry and pay all duties and taxes by close of business on the next working day after the importation.

A broker may be required to get baseline security clearance if they file more than 25 electronic manifests or paper CBP 9401(a) entry summaries per month. Additional requirements may apply depending upon circumstances such as cargo volume, carrier type, method of transportation (land, air, sea).

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is one of the United States’s principal border enforcement agencies.

The DHS is concerned with terrorism, illegal drug trafficking, illegal migration, and protecting the nation from foreign adversaries entering through the U.S.’s borders. As such, CBP officers inspect all imported goods entering into the country at air, land and sea ports of entry.