MNX Global goes with Descartes for ACAS programme

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MNX Global Logistics has picked the cloud-based Descartes Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) solution to comply with mandatory advanced security filing requirements for air cargo imports into the US.

Created to enhance cargo security and visibility before it is in the air, ACAS is a joint US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) programme requiring data to be submitted prior to loading at a foreign airport.

On 12 June, ACAS became mandatory for air forwarders and carriers following the conclusion of the voluntary compliance ACAS pilot programme.

MNX Global Logistics chief operating officer, Tom Belmont says: “We serve customers in the life sciences, medical device, aviation, and technology sectors with challenging requirements for time-critical and secure-sensitive shipments.

“Descartes provides us with the technology platform to display innovation leadership, ensure cargo security, and lead the industry in standards for screening and moving high-value shipments around the world.”

Descartes ACAS collects the required data, validates the format and transmits it to CBP within the required timeframes.

It uses the Descartes Global Logistics Network to collect house bill information directly from air forwarders’ enterprise systems to file directly to CBP without manual intervention, increasing data accuracy and timeliness.

Descartes vice president Global Logistics Network, Scott Sangster says: “Along with MNX, we’ve been involved with the ACAS pilot since its inception, and Descartes’ solution has been built in close collaboration with CBP, TSA and leading, early-adopting air forwarders. We look forward to continuing to be a trusted service provider for MNX and the air cargo community.”