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Automated Manifest System (AMS)

The Automated Manifest System (AMS) is an electronic information transmission system launched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). It was launched to gain detailed information about cargo imported into the country. The air and ocean shipments coming into the U.S. require an AMS filing with detailed information about the cargo, as a security measure. The required information is expected to be uploaded 24 hours before the ship sails from the port of loading. 

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