The Automated Broker Interface (ABI) is an element of Custom’s Automated Commercial System (ACS). ABI permits qualified participants to electronically file required import data with CBP. Entry data is transmitted from the importer to CBP and back to the importer via ABI.
TRG Direct® clients log in to TRG Direct® and access CBP's Automated Broker Interface software from their existing computers via the Internet. A secured link to CBP's ABI is provided by TRG Direct®. Verisign® technology and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) security are implemented to ensure secure transport of information. VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology ensures secured transport of information from TRG Direct® to CBP. Importers can direct-file, without investing in new hardware or software, from anywhere there is a computer and an Internet connection.
Fault tolerant storage systems and clustered server arrangements are used to store and back-up the data. This configuration assures a high level of data availability. A secured data center and frequent tape back-up processes further enhance availability and recovery capability. Database replication processes and encrypted off-site data storage add an extra level of security, availability, and recovery capability.
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