Missouri Airports Selected for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Pilot Program
Kansas City, MO –January 10, 2014
In early February, Missouri Importers will be able to take advantage of enhanced security and quicker U.S. Customs releases for their time sensitive air freight shipments thanks to the advocacy of local logistics firm Scarbrough International, Ltd.
Mr. Jonathan C. Veley with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of International Trade announced via conference call yesterday that, “the following ports are being added” to the Simplified Entry Pilot.
- Port of St. Louis (including St. Louis Airport, and the Spirit of St. Louis Airport),
- Kansas City Airport
- Springfield Airport
Scarbrough’s yearlong participation as one of only twenty brokers nationally in U.S. Custom’s Simplified Entry Pilot is bringing value to the state and region.
“As one of only a few brokers nationally with the permissions and capabilities to transmit a Simplified Entry, we are very pleased to be the voice for the Midwest and represent the many international businesses in our region that utilize Missouri airports to fulfill their supply chain and logistics needs,” states Adam Hill, Vice President of Operations for Scarbrough. Mr. Hill continues, “We are also very thankful for the support from both the Kansas City and St. Louis U.S. Customs offices. Without their collaboration and openness to our recommendations of adding the Pilot to our ports, this would not be possible.”
As stated on the CBP website, “Simplified Entry streamlines the release of goods and enhances cargo security. It segregates the filing of the transportation information from the filing of the entry information. This allows for the earlier filing of entry information. This, in turn, allows CBP personnel to apply more time and resources to higher risk shipments.” Acting Commissioner, David Aguilar states, “The Simplified Entry Pilot is an outstanding example of what can happen when the government and the private sector co-create trade programs. Simplified Entry will enhance cargo security, reduce cycle times, improve productivity, help eliminate redundant data transmissions, and potentially reduce costs.”
For more information on the Simplified Entry Program, please visit the trade transformation page on the CBP Website at: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/trade_transformation/simplified_entry/