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Resources for Importers

Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Secure Data Portal is a web-based application providing a single, centralized on-line access point to the ACE system. It connects CBP, the trade community and government agencies involved in importing goods into the United States. The ACE portal gives users access to view their account information as it exists in CBP and to their transactional data, which they can use to identify and evaluate compliance issues and monitor daily operations.

ACE’s Process

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary public-private sector partnership, part of CBP’s multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. C-TPAT certified partners join with CBP to protect the supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and best practices.

C-TPAT’s Process

Broker Known Import Program (BKIP)

Broker Known Import Program (BKIP) is a voluntary initiative that allows customs brokers to communicate to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that their customer is known to them and has met minimum standards of entry compliance. WB Skinner recommends that its customers participate, as it can result in a lower incidence of reviews and requests for information from customs officials.

Get Started with BKIP


The NCBFAA represents more than 970 member companies with 110,000 employees in international trade – the nation’s leading freight forwarders, customs brokers, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers and air cargo agents, serving more than 250,000 importers and exporters. Through its various committees, counsel and representatives, the Association maintains a close watch over legislative and regulatory issues that affect its members.

NCBFAA Website

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement has information for businesses engaged in importing or exporting wildlife or wildlife products.

Permits, Licenses & Inspections