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CBP Introduces DIS Update to Enhance Trade Documents Processing

CBP Introduces DIS Update to Enhance Trade Documents Processing

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will roll out a DIS update on June 11, 2024, to improve the processing and review of trade documents. Learn more about this update here.On June 11, 2024, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will roll out a DIS update to enhance its functionality and significantly improve how trade documents are processed and reviewed. 

The fundamental changes in the Document Image System update include:

  • Email Submissions:

Post-update, CBP will improve its communication with filers by notifying them once the review of documents submitted via email is complete. Previously, CBP could not consistently inform filers about the review status of trade documents submitted in this manner.

  • Automated Broker Interface (ABI) Submissions:

CBP will now be able to send responses to filers through DIS for documents submitted via ABI, irrespective of the review status. Before this update, CBP could only communicate back to filers for rejected transactions after review, leaving those accepted without a response.

  • General Document Submissions:

CBP will introduce three distinct review statuses for all documents: “accepted,” “rejected,” and “under review.” This enhancement ensures filers receive feedback on their submissions regardless of the submission method used.

Furthermore, these changes mean that CBP can now issue responses for all DIS submissions, accompanied by comments detailing the review status when necessary. However, it is important to note that while the capability to send review statuses for all documents will exist, CBP may not issue a status for every document reviewed.

How this update will benefit U.S. importers

The DIS update will offer several significant benefits to trade users. If you’re a U.S. importer, here's how these changes will improve your operations:

  1. Improved communication and transparency

    With CBP's new ability to notify filers about the review status of their documents, you will benefit from improved communication with CBP. Being better informed about the status of your submissions will reduce uncertainty and the need for follow-up inquiries.

  2. Efficiency in processing

    The ability to receive feedback from CBP regardless of your submission method (email or Automated Broker Interface) and review status (accepted, rejected, or under review) will help streamline your document submission process. This allows you to quickly address any issues or make necessary adjustments to your documents, which makes processing and clearance times faster.

  3. Enhanced responsiveness:

    By receiving direct responses from CBP, including comments on the review status, you can more effectively manage your submissions. This aids in compliance and reduces the risk of delays caused by documentation errors or omissions.

  4. Consistency and predictability:

    The introduction of standardized review statuses provides a consistent framework for feedback. This standardization will help you better understand CBP requirements and anticipate potential issues with your submissions.

  5. Increased operational control:

    Knowing the exact status of your document submissions allows you to plan more effectively, manage logistics, and allocate resources more efficiently. This control is crucial for maintaining smooth operations and minimizing costs related to delays or compliance failures.

How Cole International can help

At Cole International, we offer customs brokerage, freight forwarding, and trade consulting solutions to simplify trade and help U.S. importers streamline their operations. 

If you have any questions about this DIS update or require assistance in preparing and submitting your trade documents, please contact one of our trade professionals. We’d be happy to help.

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