When importing into the U.S., American Airlines Cargo requires advance electronic presentation of your cargo information at your first port of entry.
Please provide advance electronic presentation of your cargo information for all imports into the United States. This is required by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). It is also mandated by the Trade Act of 2002, which requires advance notice of all Master Air Waybill (MAWB) and House Air Waybill (HAWB) data through the Automated Manifest System (AMS) at the first U.S. port of entry. If not, there may be delays or penalties.
When tracking Air Waybills on aacargo.com, you should be able to view U.S. Customs import status details at the Master and House Air Waybill level - if such customs information exists. Information is posted as it is submitted to or received from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
If you are an authorized Air Manifest System (AMS) transmitter, you may transmit directly to CBP. If using this option, please provide your agent Facilities Information and Resources Management System (FIRMS) code to us with each Master Air Waybill in the Handling Information box using the following format:
AGT - A123
- or -
House Information transmitted by: A123
AGT - BCBPxxx
- or -
House Information transmitted by: BCBPxxx
Where xxx is your ABI Filer code
Upon arrival, if a shipment is being transferred to a bonded facility, the FIRMS (Facilities Information and Resources Management System) code should also be written in the Handling Information box, using these formats:
FIRMS - B456
- or -
Local Transfer at Destination to: B456
Transmit either code to us electronically before you reach our terminal, and make sure it appears on the printed source document. It should also be provided to the airline through a FHL/2 or consolidation manifest.
Accessorial Fee Code: CG
Fee per HAWB: USD 2.50, EUR 2.00, GBP 1.25, fees subject to change.
Please see the CBP Fee matrix for a full list of fees by origin country. You may send a comprehensive FHL/2 EDI (including full shipper and consignee data) to us, and we will transmit it to CBP. Please transmit all electronic data to us before you tender the cargo.
Accessorial Fee Code: CC
Fee per HAWB: USD 10.00, EUR 8.00, GBP 5.50, fees subject to change.
Please see the CBP Fee matrix (pdf, 36K) for a full list of fees by origin country. We will use your documentation to upload the information to CBP. Feel free to use third-party vendors to send the electronic transmission of information to us, because that would eliminate the need for us to manually input the HAWB data. Find out more about this service at www.cbp.gov.
We recommend that a detailed consolidation manifest accompany each consolidation. This will prevent the need for us to open your document pouch to determine House Air Waybill (HAWB) information. This manifest should include full shipper, consignee and HAWB information, as well as pieces, weight and a complete description of the commodity being shipped.
The International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations (FIATA) will develop a manifest that can be used for this purpose. Once completed, a copy of this example will be made available.
To locate any anomalies in the cargo, CBP regulations require a precise narrative description of the commodities being shipped so that the shapes, physical characteristics and likely packaging of the manifested cargo can be identified. Find examples of these descriptions at www.cbp.gov.
For consolidated shipments, this description should be contained in the consolidation manifest. For simple shipments, where there is no associated House Air Waybill, this description should be contained in the Nature and Quantity of Goods box on the Master Air Waybill.
Please note that the following descriptions will no longer be allowed: FAK (Freight All Kinds), General Cargo, STC (Said To Contain where it pertains to a description of the goods being shipped), Consol within Consol, or Co-Load.
For the purposes of CBP compliance, a consolidation is any shipment where a House Air Waybill (HAWB) is associated with a Master Air Waybill (MAWB). A "simple shipment" is one where the shipper and consignee stated on the source document are the ultimate shipper and consignee involved with the shipment.
Simple shipments should also have any internal piece counts (also know as Shipper Load and Count or SLAC) expressed on the source document in the Nature and Quantity of Goods box. For example, if a shipment consists of 2 skids, each containing 25 pieces, "2" would be entered in the No. of Pieces box, while the Nature and Quantity of Goods box would show "SLAC - 50 pieces." The number of pieces loaded into Customer Loaded Containers (CLCs) should also be shown in a similar manner, using the term "Said to Contain." If a CLC containing 150 pieces is tendered, the air waybill would have "1" entered in No. of Pieces, with "Said to Contain 150 pieces" shown in the Nature and Quantity of Goods box.
Consolidated shipments should follow the guidelines listed in the Master Air Waybill Completion section.
CBP requirements may affect how a Master Air Waybill (MAWB) is filled out.