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New ACE Capabilities Deployed Jan. 3 for Cargo Release, Entry Summary, Manifest

Monday, January 05, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that the following new Automated Commercial Environment capabilities were deployed on Jan. 3.

Cargo Release. For ocean, rail and air shipments, ACE cargo release filers can transmit antidumping and countervailing duty entries (type 03) to ACE. This capability will be expanded to truck shipments at a to-be-determined future date.

Entry Summary. ACE capabilities have been launched to support electronic bond processing for both single transaction bonds and continuous bonds. This new capability eliminates in ACE what has been a mandatory paper requirement in ACS when an STB is used to secure cargo release. Effective Jan. 3. all current continuous bonds will be valid and usable (i.e., there is no need to re-file these bonds) and all new continuous bonds must be filed using ACE eBond. Also as of that date ACE eBond is required for ACE entries that are followed by ACE entry summaries as well as ACE entry summaries certified for ACE cargo release. Sureties and secondary notify parties can receive bond status updates electronically.

Import Air Manifest. While CBP deployed air manifest in ACE on Jan. 3, the Automated Commercial System’s Air Automated Manifest System will remain the system of record for processing air manifest submissions until May 1, when it becomes mandatory for electronic manifests to be filed in ACE. However, in addition to normal processing in Air AMS, CBP will begin processing air manifest data in ACE on Jan. 11. This dual processing window will allow CBP to test the system against production data. In February, filers will be able to work with their client representatives to test electronic air manifest data in the certification environment to ensure it can be successfully processed in ACE.

CBP has built ACE functionality that will add validation of submitted air manifest data. This functionality will ensure compliance with established requirements including header,

consignee country codes, shipment weight and bond data. These are not changes to the existing 2006 Customs Automated Manifest Interface Requirements/Implementation Guides but additional validations.

PGA Integration. Initial functionality related to the APHIS Pest Interception Record, Form 309, was deployed Jan. 3, but complete integration with the APHIS Emergency Action Notification and the Plant Protection and Quarantine Report of Regulated Importations, PPQ280, will not be available until July when APHIS systems are ready. CBP states that there is minimal trade impact relative to these processes at this time and that the trade community will be impacted once APHIS determines the data elements required for relevant submissions via the PGA message set.

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