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U.S. Importers Now Required to Use Automated Commercial Environment

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently completed the deployment in the Automated Commercial Environment of the trade processing capabilities for filing in that system all remaining cargo entry transactions, including transactions associated with quota requirements. As a result, beginning on 23 July all electronic cargo entries and corresponding entry summaries are required to be filed in ACE and can no longer be filed in the legacy Automated Commercial System. CBP has deployed systems validations to automatically reject any cargo entry transactions sent to the ACS.

Entry types that must be filed through ACE beginning on 23 July include the following: 01–Consumption – Free and Dutiable; 02 – Consumption – Quota/Visa; 03 – Consumption – Antidumping / Countervailing Duty; 06 – Consumption – Foreign Trade Zone; 07 – Consumption – Antidumping / Countervailing Duty and Quota / Visa Combination; 11 – Informal – Free and Dutiable; 12 – Informal – Quota/Visa (other than textiles); 21 – Warehouse; 22 – Re-Warehouse; 23 – Temporary Importation Bond; 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; 52 – Government – Dutiable; 61 – Immediate Transportation; 62 – Transportation and Exportation; 63 – Immediate Exportation; 69 – Transit (Rail only); and 70 – Multi-Transit (Rail only).

Transmission of all remaining electronic portions of the CBP cargo process will be required in ACE as of 1 October, including duty deferrals, drawback, reconciliation, statements with associated collections functions, and liquidation. Beginning on 29 August, the ACE Protest Module will be the sole authorised electronic data interchange system for filing electronic protests and filers who intend to submit a protest electronically must use that module. As of that date, CBP will no longer accept protests filed through the Automated Broker Interface to the ACS. Meanwhile, due to low shipment volume filings for the following entry types will not be automated in either ACS or ACE: 04 – Appraisement; 05 – Vessel – Repair; 24 – Trade Fair; 25 – Permanent Exhibition; 26 – Warehouse – Foreign Trade Zone (Admission); 33 – Aircraft and Vessel Supply (For Immediate Exportation); 64 – Barge Movement; 65 – Permit to Proceed; and 66 – Baggage.

CBP indicates that technical teams within the agency are monitoring the ACE system 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, during 22-29 July CBP staffed an operations centre with experts from around the country to help resolve as expeditiously as possible any issues that may have arisen during the transition, although no significant problems with the new system have been reported so far.

CBP is also on track together with trade and partner government agency stakeholders to deliver all core trade processing capabilities by the end of the year, in line with President Obama’s 2014 executive order on streamlining the U.S. export/import process. Partner government agencies are currently working to complete their pilot programmes and require the mandatory filing of their data in ACE sometime this year. That will mark the establishment of a fully-fledged single window through which the U.S. 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 U.S. trade community will be able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations.

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