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AQUA freight-clearing service expanding to more US ports

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is expanding its so-called AQUA program for expedited freight clearance at US ports.

AQUA, which stands for Advanced Qualified Unloading Approval, allows qualified carriers to file for speeded up customs approval a day in advance so CBP can pre-clear a ship and it can begin unloading as soon as it docks.

The time-saving service applies only to carriers and terminals deemed low risk under the CBP’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) scheme.

CBP’s expansion of AQUA will increase from the initial four ports involved in the pilot scheme – Port Everglades, Baltimore, Oakland and New Orleans – to also include Miami, Savannah, Seattle, Newark, Los Angeles and Long Beach.

A further expansion in December is expected to add Charleston, Houston, Jacksonville, Honolulu, Norfolk, Wilmington (Delaware), Wilmington (North Carolina), Boston, Philadelphia and San Juan to the list.


Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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