Shipping Terms Glossary

AMS System

The AMS should be filed at least 24 hours before the goods leave the port of origin.

What is the AMS System?

The AMS System (Automated Manifest System) is an electronic system made for document submission that contains details of goods coming into the US both by air, as well as by ocean.

It was created by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as a security measure.

Bookairfreight Tips:

"Only Applicable if shipping to the US!"

Is there an AMS fee?

Yes. An AMS fee will be charged for each Bill of Lading (BOL) or Air Waybill (AWB) submitted.

Who is in charge of filing the AMS?

Freight forwarders are often the ones responsible for the AMS filling, and if this is the case, they will be the ones who will charge you the AMS fee.

When should the AMS be filed?

The AMS should be filed at least 24 hours before the goods leave the port of origin.

But what if you’re shipping via another country’s port?

If your shipment to the US is not a direct one, you’re most likely going to stop at another foreign port, transfer your goods to another carrier, and then ship to the US.

In this case, you will need to do the AMS filing 24 hours before the goods leave the last foreign port.


Simple Scenario Time:

Let’s say you’re shipping from Shanghai, China to the Long Beach Port, US, but have a stop over in South Korea.

You would need to file AMS 24 hours before your goods leave South Korea’s port.

Buddy:"Don’t forget the 24 hour rule! If you forget, be prepared to face penalties, which can be between US$ 5,000 - $ 10,000!!!"

Are AMS and ISF the same?

Not exactly.

AMS is the overall system that handles the information about all the shipments coming into the US, while ISF is just a part of the AMS filing.

• ISF (Importer Security Filing) is known as “10+2” - the 12 details of the shipment which the US Customs requires for the importers to submit in the AMS system.

Click here to learn more about ISF filing and the 12 details that you MUST submit.

Rajitha Reniguntla

Rajitha Reniguntla is a supply chain enthusiast from Hong Kong. With a curious mind, she's an avid learner carrying a knack for exploring and breaking down complex ideas. She loves to learn about new things and always aims to enhance the customer experience. Outside of work, she enjoys cycling, doodling and listening to podcasts!

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