ACE – CBP eGovernment Program

(Source: U.S. Government CBP website)

ACE and Automated Systems

CBP automated systems electronically support the facilitation of importing and exporting goods. By the end of 2016, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will become the Single Window – the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports and the government will determine admissibility. Through ACE as the Single Window, manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and the international trade community will be able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations.

CBP has established the following mandatory use dates for transitioning to ACE:

May 1, 2015: Mandatory use of ACE for all electronic manifest filings
You will be impacted if you: Electronically submit import or export manifest data to CBP Groups most likely to be impacted: Carriers, Brokers, Freight Forwarders, Service Centers, Exporters
What does it mean?
May 1st is the deadline for all electronic import or export manifest data in ACE. This requirement extends to all modes of transportation – air, rail, ocean, and truck.
Import Manifest The deadline for ACE Air Manifest continues to be May 1st and CBP will continue routing trade manifest submissions to both ACE Air Manifest and the legacy AMS. However, CBP is providing flexibility for trade to test the system through June 6th when Air AMS will be phased out.
The technical drop for the Air change in ACE will take place on June 6, 2015, to minimize operational impact during the normal work week. As such, June 7, 2015 is the first day on which electronic air import manifests will be processed in ACE.

May 1, 2015 Mandatory Date Transition Resources

Import Manifest Information on upcoming air import manifest validations Export Manifest Export Manifest Implementation GuidesIf you need more assistance or have questions about this mandatory date, please contact your assigned Client Representative.
November 1, 2015: Mandatory use of ACE for all electronic cargo release/entry and related entry summary filings
You will be impacted if you: Electronically submit entry or entry summary data to CBP Groups most likely to be impacted: Importers, Brokers, Self-Filers, Software ProvidersWhat does it mean?
As of November 1, 2015, all electronic cargo releases/entries and their related entry summaries can only be filed in ACE. This requirement includes Partner Government Agency (PGA) data required at time of entry and/or entry summary, including supplemental data required to effect release. On this date, electronic entries and related entry summaries will no longer be accepted in the legacy Automated Commercial System.
The following electronic entry/entry summary types must be filed in ACE as of November 1, 2015:
• 01 – Consumption
• 02 – Consumption Quota/Visa
• 03 – Consumption – Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
• 06 – Consumption Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)
• 07 – Consumption Antidumping/Countervailing Duty and Quota/Visa Combination
• 11 – Informal
• 12 – Informal Quota/Visa (other than textiles)
• 21 – Warehouse
• 22 – Re Warehouse
• 23 – Temporary Importation Bond (TIB)
• 31 – Warehouse Withdrawal Consumption
• 32 – Warehouse Withdrawal Quota
• 34 – Warehouse Withdrawal Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
• 38 – Warehouse Withdrawal Antidumping/Countervailing Duty & Quota/Visa Combination
• 51 – Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR)
• 52 – Government Dutiable
Are there any exceptions?
All PGA requirements at time of entry or entry summary filing will also be met through ACE, unless covered by any of the four exemptions below:
a) Data provided by trade filers who are required or elect to file entirely in paper;
b) Data currently provided to agencies in paper forms, when those agencies have received concurrence from the Administration for the continued use of specific paper documents;
c) Data required by agencies that have not completed regulatory amendments to authorize the collection of data electronically;
d) Electronic submissions of supplemental information filed directly with a PGA, until technical capabilities are available to file such information in ACE via the Document Image System (DIS) or otherwise (which shall occur no later than the December 2016 deadline).
Hybrid submissions, those that are a combination of electronically submitted information via ACE and paper forms, will be allowed for those PGAs who have received Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) approval to continue to request supplemental information via paper. CBP and the PGAs will continue to provide additional information on filing practices as part of updates to theACE Cargo Release Business Process Document.
What PGA forms will be required?
The following PGAs have been identified as having requirements at the time of entry/entry summary that must be accounted for in order to the meet the November 1, 2015 filing deadline. A list of the PGA Forms that will be required on November 1st and the mechanism through which they must be submitted is now available here.
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Enforcement and Compliance (E&C)
Defense Contracts Management Agency (DCMA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade (TTB)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Effective November 1, 2015, ACE will become CBP’s official system of record for all electronically transmitted entry and corresponding entry summary data.
October 1, 2016: Mandatory use of ACE for all remaining electronic portions of the CBP cargo process
You will be impacted if you: Electronically submit data beyond initial entry and related entry summary data to CBP
Groups most likely to be impacted: Brokers, Self-Filers, Software Providers
What does it mean?
Starting on October 1st 2016, you will need to ensure that all additional electronic cargo data is transmitted to ACE. This requirement includes protest, reconciliation, NAFTA Duty Deferral, drawback, liquidation data, etc.
More information about the impacts of this date will be posted in this space as soon as it is available.
How to prepare:
To get ready for October 1, 2016, please ensure either you or your vendor has programmed the required changes necessary to allow you to transmit to ACE.