Transplace announced enhancements to its Customs Portal that makes the shipping process more efficient and accurate across the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

The streamlined system now automates and standardizes interaction between shippers, importers and customs to improve communication, increase visibility and reduce mistakes when transporting goods across the border.

“Using the Customs Portal, importers can interact with the shipper, broker and multiple departments within their own organization through a single platform,” said Jose Minarro, customs brokerage director from Transplace.

Compliance with customs laws, rules and regulations is a complex, time-consuming process which can have a negative effect on the supply chain and the Customs Portal is designed to streamline the process, according to Transplace. The Customs Portal enables easier communication and visibility which ensures the integrity of data sent to Mexican customs.

The Customs Portal can clear air, ocean and land shipments through multiple ports of entry and automates the data entry of purchase orders and advance shipping notices levels. It also centralizes parts databases for multi-port operations which allows importers to add specifications for each part number.

The system stores Pedimento and related documents for five years which remain available to customers for internal or external audits. It also provides tactical and strategic operations and finance reporting with multiple filters to help users pinpoint access to specific shipments or part number details when needed.