FTA Recon: What's Involved in that ABI Transmission?

Blog originally posted on 07/02/2023 07:45 AM

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On January 27th, Tradewin published our ‘Reconciliation Step by Step’ guide. For those interested, a copy is available for download below:




We wanted to share a bit more in regards to what goes into Step 9 on that guide, specifically the actual transmission of a reconciliation entry to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI). As a reconciliation filer, we’re not only responsible for assisting our customers with facilitating their recon programs, we’re also responsible for ensuring we preserve our connectivity to CBP. Since reconciliation is such a specialized filing type, we manage this program through our own systems and connectivity to CBP.

In March 2022, CBP announced via CSMS #51299761 that the ABI transmission of FTA reconciliation entries would be amended to capture additional data elements on entries flagged for both ‘FTA’ and ‘other’ recon. Specifically, additional data reporting was required in scenarios where FTA-eligible and non-FTA-eligible merchandise were rolled up on the same tariff line. This record layout change was required by CBP by January 6th, 2023.

Tradewin was able to meet this programming requirement and had no downtime in completing FTA and Value reconciliation submissions for our customers.

Should you have any questions about our reconciliation process and support model, please don’t hesitate to contact Tradewin.

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Topics: Reconciliation, Free Trade Agreements

Blog originally posted on 07/02/2023 07:45 AM

Shelley McIlwain, Senior Manager – United States Trade Advisory Services

Written by Shelley McIlwain, Senior Manager – United States Trade Advisory Services

Shelley is a Licensed Customs professional, with greater than 20 years of experience in import compliance complemented by a tax accounting background. Shelley’s experience includes both consulting and in-house Compliance Department management. Shelley specializes in the development of processes, procedures, and tools to support import compliance, the appraisement of Import Merchandise, Preparation for Focused Assessment Audits, the development and implementation of internal audit programs, and the application and Implementation of Trusted Trader Programs. Shelley holds a Customs Brokers license and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Oregon