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3/22/2004



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RMI's automated cargo notification service proposes a 'paperless railroad'


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On March 22, RMI introduced Automated Manifest System (AMS) service, which is designed to enable railroads and other transportation providers, and port authorities and freight forwarders to participate in the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection's automated cargo release notification system.

The Web-based service provides a direct link to U.S. Customs' AMS — which uses Electronic Data Interchange to speed shipment releases — and an interface with customs cargo selectivity and in-bond systems to quickly identify and process freight. RMI's AMS is designed to speed cargo flow and entry processing by providing users an electronic authorization to move freight prior to a border crossing, and eliminating paper manifests and waybills.

"RMI is committed to creating a ‘paperless railroad’ system so that railroads can streamline operations, control costs and improve customer service," said Vice President of Marketing Paul Pascutti in a prepared statement.

Through RMI's AMS, railroads can transmit a waybill and rail-car consist to enable U.S. Customs officials to review documentation and determine in advance whether to release a shipment. A railroad employee then can decide how to stage cargo.

The system also is designed to provide railroads, shippers, brokers and other authorized parties additional shipment tracking data through the clearance process.


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