In 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began the migration from their legacy ACS platform to the Automated Customs Environment (ACE). In doing so, CBP adopted a revised data set for cargo release processing, often referred to as Simplified Entry. This entry serves as the foundation of a totally paperless entry environment, effectively discontinuing the CBP Form 3461.
CBP recognizes that a paperless environment will pose challenges to non-automated entities such as consolidated freight stations and terminals that do not receive electronic releases from CBP. Consequently, CBP will allow non-automated facilities to release cargo based on screen printouts presented to them by filers (importers, brokers, etc.).
The printout should have at a minimum:
Quantity being released
Type of release and clear identification of who presented the release information
For audit purposes, this will satisfy due diligence on behalf of the non-automated facility. More information can be found on the CBP ACE FAQ website here.
As a result, INLT will no longer issue the CBP Form 3461 as evidence of cargo release. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.