For an idea on how 10+2 compliance has been going, you only have to look at the requests importers are making of their trade management software vendors.

To collect as much of the required information as early as possible - and see what's missing - filers say they must be able to gather data from multiple sources here and abroad. That led one software developer, Charlotte, N.C.-based Integration Point, to develop a program that allows "any commercially available electronic data [to] be mapped directly into filings, in any combination," says Melissa Irmen, the company's senior vice president-products and strategy. Irmen says that capability makes it wasy for "customers [to] focus on the highlighted gaps in the data."

But it's not enough to pull in data from multiple sources; importers are finding they also need a means of sharing it with supply chain partners. "[Using software to develop] a centralized repository for product classification that allows for data, including updates, to be shared automatically with the entire supply chain ensures that everyone is using the same database for item classifications," says Irmen. With tight deadlines to meet, having standardized information readily available helps support supply chain partners process information quickly and accurately and makes for more timely ISF filings, she adds.

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