Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) is to deploy Descartes Systems Group’s Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) solution to meet mandatory advanced security filing requirements for air cargo imports into the United States.
NCA senior vice president, Keita Sataka said: “Compliance with regulations, such as ACAS, is essential to ensuring safe and secure operations for our customers and 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, ACAS is a joint US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program 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 program.
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,” said Descartes vice president of global logistics network, Scott Sangster. “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.”