Transitions are always difficult but the more prepared you are, the easier it gets. Coming February 28th, the primary method the U.S. government use to communicate with the trade community to report imports and exports will change from a tedious manual paper process to a single window streamlined, electronic process.
The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as a single window will automate and streamline many processes, eliminating the use of paper and allowing for more efficient compliance with U.S. International laws and regulations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) goals for ACE include:
- Users only having to submit their data once, to one system
- Automated interactions among Partner Government Agencies’ (PGA’s) to enable near-real-time decision-making
- Costs reductions for users and government
- Partner Government Agencies’ procurement of data quickly, to be able to better identify unsafe, dangerous, or prohibited shipments
To prepare for this transition and better understand these new procedures, verify with your Customs broker to be sure they are ready for the switch. Keeping open lines of communication with your Customs broker will only benefit you and your business.
Don’t get left behind with these upcoming transition dates!
FEB. 28, 2016 – ACE must be used and ACS will no longer be available for filing electronic entries and associated entry summaries.
JUL. TBA, 2016 – Upon publication of the Final Rule, ACE must be used for filing AMS, APHIS Core, ATF, CDC, DCMA, DDTC, DEA, E&C, EPA, FSIS, FWS, NMFS, and TTB data. Hybrid submissions will no longer be allowed.
OCT. 1, 2016 – Mandatory use of ACE for all remaining electronic portions of the CBP cargo process
With the first two implementation deadlines past, it is already evident the difference this new system is making. The ACE Cargo Release (CR) Submission rate grew from 8.3% in September 2015 to 10.2% in October. The ACE Entry Summary (ES) Submission rate for October rose from 66.8% in September 2015 to 68.6% in October. In addition, as of November 2015, there are 8 PGA Pilots underway with 49 filers for 183 importers.
With the looming February 28th deadline less than 8 weeks away, don’t procrastinate… Migrate!
Many resources are available to the business community to learn more about ACE:
- CBP ACE and Automated Systems: http://www.cbp.gov/trade/automated
- CBP ACE Mandatory Use Dates: http://www.cbp.gov/trade/automated/ace-mandatory-use-dates
- CBP ACE Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.cbp.gov/trade/automated/ace-faq
- NCBFAA Challenges to Industry Readiness for PGA Participation in ACE: http://www.ncbfaa.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/userfiles/uploads/BIEC_Document_NCBFAA_FINALOctober112015.pdf
- ACE Infographic: http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ACE%20Basics_Update_FINAL.pdf