Descartes Systems Group announces that Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) is using the Descartes Air Cargo Advance Screening (Descartes ACAS) solution to meet the recent mandatory advanced security filing requirements for air cargo imports into the US.
“Compliance with regulations, such as ACAS, is essential to ensuring safe and secure operations for our customers and NCA,” says Keita Sataka, senior vice president at NCA. “Descartes has a strong history of providing NCA and the air cargo industry with customs and security filing technology, and their ACAS solution provides a proven, reliable, cost effective way to meet data collection and submission requirements.”
Created to enhance security and provide visibility to cargo before it’s in the air, Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) is a joint US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) programme that requires data be submitted prior to loading at a foreign airport. On 12 June 2018, ACAS became mandatory for air forwarders and carriers following the conclusion of the voluntary compliance ACAS pilot programme.
The Descartes ACAS solution consolidates mandatory ACAS data from multiple sources, checks that it conforms to CBP’s unique ACAS message formats, and submits those documents to CBP once they have passed all validations. The solution uses the Descartes Global Logistics Network to manage the flow of master and house bill information to file directly to CBP without manual intervention, which increases data accuracy and timeliness.
“We’re pleased to help NCA comply with ACAS requirements,” says Scott Sangster, VP Global Logistics Network at Descartes. “Air cargo transportation is a vital part of the growing international logistics market, and Descartes’ solutions help carriers, like NCA, and other stakeholders in the air cargo community accelerate the movement of freight while meeting important security initiatives worldwide.”