AMS

The U.S. Customs' 'Automated Manifest System.'


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MANIFEST

A document containing a full list of the ship's cargo, extracted from the bills of lading.

CUSTOMS ENTRY

All countries require that the importer make a declaration on incoming foreign goods. The importer then normally pays a duty on the imported merchandise. The importer's statement is compared against the carrier's vessel manifest to ensure that all foreign goods are properly declared.

IFM

Inward Foreign Manifest - a complete listing of all cargo entering the country of discharge. Required at all world ports and is the primary source of cargo control, against which duty is assessed by the receiving country.

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