The Automated Broker Interface (ABI) is a feature of the Automated Commercial System (ACS) that permits qualified filers to electronically transmit import data directly to Customs. ABI is a voluntary program available to brokers, importers, port authorities, and independent service centers.
ABI expedites the release of merchandise for the trade community. Entry summaries are electronically transmitted, validated, confirmed, corrected, and paid. Administrative messages keep participants informed of all current information and issues. Participants can query quota status, visa requirements, manufacturer information, and cargo release and entry summary processing status. ABI allows filers to pay multiple entries with one payment transaction through statement processing. ABI filers can also pay Customs duties, fees, and taxes electronically through the Automated Clearinghouse (ACH).