U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has just announced that the mandatory date for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) implementation has been delayed depending on the entry type and the involvement of Partner Government Agencies (PGA). After receiving numerous recommendations from industry groups including the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) whose members account for over 95% of all entries filed nationwide, CBP has implemented a staggered approach for the ACE implementation and decommissioning of the Automated Commercial System (ACS).
CBP has been working closely with the Department of Homeland Security, and the White House regarding the ACE progress and readiness for the mandatory filing of all entries in the ACE environment.
The general terms of the ACE mandatory transition timeline are as follows:
February 28, 2016: Limited support will be provided to the trade for ABI/ACS entries. System maintenance will occur during peak business hours. ACE entries will be given priority over ACS entries.
March 31, 2016 and May 28, 2016: Certain types of entries will be required to be filed in ACE depending on Partner Government Agency (PGA) involvement.
Summer, 2016 – The following entry types:
02 – Consumption – Quota/Visa/TPL
07 – Consumption –Antidumping/Countervailing Duty and Quota/Visa Combination,
12 – Informal Quota/Visa (other than textiles),
21 – Warehouse
22 – Re-Warehouse
31 – Warehouse Withdrawal Consumption
32 – Warehouse Withdrawal – Quota
34 – Warehouse Withdrawal Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
38 – Warehouse Withdrawal – Antidumping/Countervailing Duty & Quota/Visa Combination
Reconciliation entry type 09 is not scheduled for transition at this time.
The current CTS/TAGGART ACE capabilities include the following:
- Entry Summary – CBP Form 7501
- Local Cargo Release – CBP Form 3461
- Remote Location Filing Cargo Release – CBP Form 3461 – Test participant
- Document Imaging System (DIS) – Test participant
- Quota – Test participant
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Test participant
We have completed the migration of all entry types allowed by CBP/ACE. In the meantime, we will continue testing entries under the pilot programs that we are registered for and we will participate in additional PGA testing.