Customs will try again to install AMS upgrade

Customs will try again to install AMS upgrade

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

FEB. 21—The Customs Service is investigating why the installation of enhancements to its Air Automated Manifest System, which it tried to complete last weekend, failed.

'We are still in the process of figuring out what went wrong,' said Jerry Russomano, executive director of software development at Customs. 'We will make a plan to fix the problem, test the fix and then redo our implementation.'

This may take a week or more, Russomano said, adding that there was no date set for the next installation. The agency had planned to complete installation on Saturday.

The enhancement, Air AMS Restructuring, is a complete redesign of Air AMS and includes a feature that will prevent the submission of duplicate airway bill numbers.

Implementing the restructured system requires the conversion of about 20 databases containing over 100 million records.

Customs has already spent nearly 18 months developing and 10 months testing the system.

Air AMS allows carriers to electronically file in-bond authorizations, permit to proceed and local transfers. The carrier obtains notifications of releases, in-bond authorizations, general order, permit to proceed and local transfer authorization upon flight departure or arrival from the last foreign port.

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