by Wayne Slossberg
Compliance is everything today. It is the difference between moving your products from factory to consumer seamlessly and cost effectively and having them stalled somewhere along the supply chain.
But compliance means more than just adhering to the myriad government regulations governing importing and exporting. Companies today also must adhere to new methodologies for complying with these regulations. Specifically, they must use the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), a system for electronically reporting imports and exports and obtaining government admissibility decisions.
On its website, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posts a list of Automated Broker Interface (ABI) Software Vendors and the approvals each firm holds. There are nine categories, including four pertaining to ACE, plus the distinction of a firm being a service bureau. In order to be approved for various levels of ABI operations, a firm must successfully complete a period of intensive testing and qualification for each level. The levels are
- ACS Entry
- ACE Entry Summary
- ACE Cargo Release
- Document Image System
- Foreign Trade Zone
- Importer Security Filing
- Service Bureau
Notably, QuestaWeb is one of only a few software vendors qualified in all nine categories, including the four ACE categories (#2-#5), and serving as a service bureau.
This distinction comes as no surprise to the people who know QuestaWeb and its technology. The firm is a leader among software providers, especially when it comes to automated environments. QuestaWeb was one of the first companies certified by CBP for electronic connectivity initiatives, and QuestaWeb was the first vendor to obtain ACE ABI certification. QuestaWeb works closely with CBP on its trade-related initiatives, participating in the Simplified Entry Processing work group and the ACE pilot program, among others.
Why does this matter?
Your trade operations are too important to trust to just any software vendor. Compliance is critical, not just with trade regulations but with filings using ACE. Experience matters and so, too, does leadership. Since 2002, QuestaWeb has been a key player in electronic connectivity initiatives, undergoing rigorous technology testing and contributing to the shape of things to come by sharing our experience-borne expertise in working groups and pilot programs.
That is why major importers, exporters, foreign trade zone operators, brokers and forwarder trust QuestaWeb technology. They know it has passed all the tests and is up to date with current requirements. Even more important, because of QuestaWeb’s involvement in helping to shape ACE, they know QuestaWeb will be ahead of the curve in adopting new requirements.