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Audit - general

A formal examination of records or docu¬ments—usually financial documents.

Audit - shipping

The formal examination of freight bills to de¬termine their accuracy.


The former currency of Argentina. 1 A=100 centavos

Australia Group - AG

An informal forum through which 20 industrialized nations cooperate to curb proliferation of chemical and biological weapons through a supply approach. The AG’s first meeting, held at the Australian Embassy in Paris in June 1986, was at¬tended by Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and the ten member nations of the European Commu¬nity. Membership has expanded to include the following: Ar¬gentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Com¬mission, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ice¬land, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, U.K., Ukraine, United States

Authentication - law

The act of certifying that a written document is genuine, credible, and reliable. An authentication is performed by an authorized person who attests that the document is in proper legal form, and is executed by a person identified as having authority to do so. In many countries, persons authorized to authenticate documents include consulate officials, notaries public, and judicial officers.

Authentication - computers

To verify the identity of a user, device, or other entity in a computer system. Authentication is typi¬cally a prerequisite to access resources in a system.

Automated Broker Interface = ABI - U.S. Customs

ABI, a part of U.S. Customs’ Automated Commercial System, permits transmission of data pertain¬ing to merchandise being imported into the U.S. directly to U.S. Customs. Qualified participants include customs brokers, importers, carriers, port authorities, and indepen¬dent data processing companies referred to as service cen¬ters. To use ABI, send a letter of intent to the District Director of Customs or to your nearest district Customs Office. See Automated Commercial System.

Automated Clearinghouse = ACH - U.S. Customs

ACH is a feature of the Automated Broker Interface which is a part of Customs’ Automated Com¬mercial System. The ACH combines elements of bank lock box arrangements with electronic funds transfer ser¬vices to replace cash or check for payment of estimated duties, taxes, and fees on imported merchandise. See Au¬tomated Commercial System.

Automated Export System = AES - U.S. Customs

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) system for electronic filing Shipper’s Export Dec¬larations (SED) and ocean manifest information directly to CBP

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