SmartBorder™ U.S. Indirect Truck Solution

With the SmartBorder solution, importers bringing high volumes of low-cost goods into the United States are able to take advantage of faster clearance times and lower costs by entering Canada first and leveraging the Section 321 duty-free customs entry stream.

The Problem

E-commerce imports into the United States are growing dramatically. That has caused serious delays at major U.S. entry points because Customs is overwhelmed. Officials are generally set up for air imports but not the volumes that come via ocean. Additionally, direct entry into the U.S. requires stringent documentation, including ISF filings and Entry Type 86 filings.

Compounding the problem is the U.S./China trade war which has increased duties and taxes and the paperwork that goes with them. Those need to be mitigated via Section 321.

The Solution

SmartBorder’s U.S. Indirect Truck Solution eliminates the cost and complexity. Using our Automated Border Integration (ABI) software tool, you are able to process extremely high volumes of goods as separate shipments using eManifest Section 321 shipment modules.

How It Works

The SmartBorder solution is a cutting-edge Automated Manifest System (AMS) filing strategy. Your Section 321-qualified goods must be valued at less than USD$800 and be headed for direct delivery to the end user via your last-mile carrier. Your electronic data is imported while the ship sails. The product arrives in Canada where it’s bonded then moved via your carrier by truck across the Canada/U.S. border where clearance is expedited duty free. Carrier-specific pick lists and monitoring dashboards are built-in, so you can verify proper filing and clearance before the goods reach the border.

With an eManifest under Section 321, no tariff number is required, just a commercial description. No broker is needed (for Non-PGA shipments). And no tax numbers are required for the parties involved. You don’t even have to file for Entry Type 86.

For low to mid-volume carriers, our software package will process up to 10,000 shipments per trip with Excel integration. Data is created and validated from within the software package. For higher-volume shipments, we can pull information electronically from almost any ERP or purchase-order system.

Bottom-Line Benefits

Transportation/freight is small percentage of the supply chain spend. The SmartBorder U.S. Indirect Truck Solution optimizes your e-commerce profitability by saving on the more impactful duties and taxes and moving your goods significantly faster to your end-use consumer customers. It’s automation that pays for itself dramatically and keeps on paying you with every shipment.


Two minutes might save you millions in duties and taxes.

Our short video clearly explains the process of using ACE e-Manifest or Entry Type 86 for admission of your Section 321 low-value shipments into the United States.
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Faster border crossings. Expert support. Low pricing.