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What is AMS?

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Automated Manifest System (AMS) is both an imported merchandise inventory control system and a cargo release notification system. An integral part of the Automated Commercial System (ACS), AMS interacts with other ACS systems such as Automated Broker Interface (ABI), the Cargo Selectivity system, and the National In-bond Control Program (Source: CBP website).

The Automated Manifest System (AMS) is designed for the electronic filing of shipping documents in advance of the cargo arriving in the US to speed the flow of cargo. This reduces paperwork for both carriers and Customs by eliminating the paper manifest and in-bond document (CF-7512). As an AMS participant, you will gain multiple benefits such as greater control, better communication, and a shorter holding time for imported cargo. When using AMS, the release process can start before the cargo departs from the foreign country.

Magaya Ocean AMS Solution

Magaya Ocean AMS is a solution built into our Logistics Software that Magaya Corporation has developed to help logistics providers to comply with Customs’ 24-hour manifest regulation. The Magaya AMS solution reduces the amount of time needed to submit the cargo declaration to the AMS at US Customs since you do not need to retype any information you already have in your Magaya database. When you are ready to send your declaration, Magaya AMS runs a detailed validation procedure and shows you the fields that did not pass the validation, allowing you to fix the errors before sending the information to the US Customs AMS system.

Magaya AMS has all the functionality you need to file your ocean import information:

  • Send the Shipment Manifest
  • Send Amendments to Previously Filed Manifests
  • Send Vessel Arrival and Departure Notifications
  • Request a Permit to Transfer Cargo
  • Notify Customs of an In-Bond Movement
  • Report Movement of Empty Containers

Magaya Air AMS Solution

Like the Magaya Ocean AMS, the Magaya Air AMS solution is build into our Logistics Software. It will save your company time and money when filing the Air AMS information with US Customs.

The Magaya Air AMS solution allows carriers to “Arrive” an in-bond shipment and to file in-bond, permit to proceed, and local transfers electronically. The carrier obtains notifications of releases, in-bond authorizations, general order, permit to proceed, and local transfer authorization upon flight arrival or departure from the last foreign port. Air waybill data can be transmitted in any sequence. Carriers have the option to transmit bills at random or group them by flight. Amendments to any air waybill information can also be transmitted electronically through AMS. Magaya Air AMS solution increases data reliability and electronic enforcement hold capability by standardizing the way the trade community and the U.S. Customs Service communicate. The Magaya AMS solution offers the following features:

  • Send a Manifest for Regular and Express Inbound Shipments
  • Make Changes to an already submitted Manifest
  • Send a Flight Departure Message
  • Get Freight Status Notifications
  • Query the Freight Status
  • Request In-Bond Cargo Movements

Getting Started With AMS

To become an AMS participant, contact the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. Each potential participant is sent a Respondent’s Checklist asking for information such as:

  • Direct arrival U.S. ports for your operations
  • Onward destination points where aircraft or vessels move on permits to proceed
  • Number of arrivals per month
  • Number of air waybills or master and house bills discharged per month for each port
  • Percentage of monthly air waybills/master bills per port that will move in-bond
  • Ports where you operate a bonded facility, with facility names and FIRMS codes

Complete and return the checklist. A Client Representative will be assigned to work with your company and serve as technical advisor during testing and to provide assistance when needed.

Letter of Intent

You will also need to send a Letter of Intent to Customs, indicating that you will use Magaya Corporation as the software provider. Below are samples of letters you can edit and send to :

In accordance with implementation of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Information Systems Security Policy, all participants that transmit electronic data directly to CBP’s Automated Export System (AES) or Automated Commercial System (ACS) are required to have a signed Interconnection Security Agreement (ISA) on file with CBP.

To obtain a Type 3 International Carrier Bond, you must contact an approved surety that writes customs bonds on CBP Form 301. You can obtain a list of approved sureties on Treasury’s Financial Management Service’s website; the list is identified as Circular 570. Contact (202) 874-6850 for further information. Only one bond is required and will cover operations at all ports of entry. Once obtained, the bond can be filed with CBP at the following email address: .

For specific information on AMS, see the US Customs and Border Protection website at:

AMS Error Codes

The following links take you to the US Customs and Border Protection Website ( where the latest error codes and their definitions can be found for Air and Ocean Automated Manifest System (AMS) errors:

For air shipment AMS errors, click the Appendices and click “Appendix A:”

For ocean shipment AMS error codes, click the Appendices and click “Appendix H: Common Errors:”

The Magaya AMS plug-in is available for the Magaya Cargo System and Magaya Supply Chain software. Magaya AMS provides you with all the features needed to comply with US Customs regulations.

How-to Articles:

Learn how to file a manifest for an ocean import and the vessel departure and vessel arrival messages using Magaya AMS:

How to move cargo in-bond using Magaya AMS:
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