Maddocks Systems, a supplier of transportation software and the developers of TruckMate for Windows (TM4Win) enterprise software, has become a certified solution provider for the ACE e-Manifest Program. Maddocks says it worked closely with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency to complete an intensive program of compliance testing to reach this elite level of certification.
The solution will allow Maddocks clients to send the required e-Manifest data directly from the TruckMate software package. By seamlessly transmitting the shipment information required by ACE, Maddocks clients will eliminate time-consuming data entry and ensure accuracy prior to transmission.
“At Maddocks, we made a strategic decision to develop our own software solution to meet the requirements of the ACE e-Manifest initiative,” says Bob Maddocks, president and chief executive officer of Maddocks Systems. “This will enable our clients to leverage their existing investment in TruckMate, use a Maddocks-tested application and maintain a completely integrated software solution.”
Maddocks Systems says to date, it is the only trucking software company to become a certified ACE e-Manifest solution provider. “Working directly with the CBP agency during the certification and development process has been a tremendous advantage,” says Maddocks. “We were able to start from a trucking fleet’s perspective and create a final product that met the ACE requirements and also maintained operational efficiency.”
Under ACE, before reaching the border, trucks are required to submit an e-Manifest through the Web-based ACE Secure Data Portal or through a CBP-approved Electronic Data Interchange. An e-Release, the electronic process by which CBP authorizes the release of goods from the carrier or warehouse to an importer, will be required for shipments heading into the United States.
Using the detailed shipment information already captured in TruckMate, Maddocks clients will have the ability to submit all of the information required through a customized e-Manifest program within the TruckMate software. Submitting the manifest early allows border security agencies to prescreen the manifest through multiple checks before the truck arrives.