The entire international trade function of the U.S. Customs is computer driven. Through Automated Broker Interface (ABI), which generates trade information for all branches of the federal government, its relationship with customs brokers is also automated by sharing database information. The development of ABI in the mid-1980s led to Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), which brings shippers and carriers into the automation loop. While a very high percentage of broker entries go through ABI, however, less than 10% are handled through EDI. The reasons for the slowness of shippers in taking to EDI are discussed, with cost being the major factor. It is predicted that EDI will nevertheless come into more universal use when industries adopt a common standard for bar-code inscription.

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    • Journal article
  • Authors:
    • McConville, D J
  • Publication Date: 1990-7

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  • Accession Number: 00660376
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM