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U.S. Import Shipments

When importing into the U.S., American Airlines Cargo requires advance electronic presentation of your cargo information at your first port of entry.


General Information

Please provide advance electronic presentation of your cargo information for all imports into the United States. This is required by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). It is also mandated by the Trade Act of 2002, which requires advance notice of all Master Air Waybill (MAWB) and House Air Waybill (HAWB) data through the Automated Manifest System (AMS) at the first U.S. port of entry. If not, there may be delays or penalties.


Tracking U.S. Imports

When tracking Air Waybills on, you should be able to view U.S. Customs import status details at the Master and House Air Waybill level - if such customs information exists. Information is posted as it is submitted to or received from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Notification Options and Fees

Direct transmission to CBP

Fee: none

If you are an authorized Air Manifest System (AMS) transmitter, you may transmit directly to CBP. If using this option, please provide your agent Facilities Information and Resources Management System (FIRMS) code to us with each Master Air Waybill in the Handling Information box using the following format:

Example when using FIRMS code:

AGT - A123
- or - 
House Information transmitted by: A123

Example when using ABI Filer:

- or -
House Information transmitted by: BCBPxxx
Where xxx is your ABI Filer code

Upon arrival, if a shipment is being transferred to a bonded facility, the FIRMS (Facilities Information and Resources Management System) code should also be written in the Handling Information box, using these formats:

Example for warehouse transfer:

FIRMS - B456 
- or - 
Local Transfer at Destination to: B456
Transmit either code to us electronically before you reach our terminal, and make sure it appears on the printed source document. It should also be provided to the airline through a FHL/2 or consolidation manifest.

Transmission via Cargo IMP message to AA

Accessorial Fee Code: CG
Fee per HAWB: USD 2.50, EUR 2.00, GBP 1.25, fees subject to change.

Please see the CBP Fee matrix for a full list of fees by origin country. You may send a comprehensive FHL/2 EDI (including full shipper and consignee data) to us, and we will transmit it to CBP. Please transmit all electronic data to us before you tender the cargo.

Manual input of HAWB data by American Airlines from the accompanying documentation

Accessorial Fee Code: CC
Fee per HAWB: USD 10.00, EUR 8.00, GBP 5.50, fees subject to change.
Please see the CBP Fee matrix (pdf, 36K) for a full list of fees by origin country. We will use your documentation to upload the information to CBP. Feel free to use third-party vendors to send the electronic transmission of information to us, because that would eliminate the need for us to manually input the HAWB data. Find out more about this service at