ACE Gets In-Bond Enhancement, Looks to E-Bond Capability in January
U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced an enhancement to the filing of certain in-bond transactions in the Automated Commercial Environment and is working toward the filing of continuous and single transaction bonds in ACE as well.
CBP reports that on Aug. 23 it enhanced the ACE Secure Data Portal’s in-bond arrival and export capabilities by providing carriers the ability to arrive, export and cancel in-bond transactions associated to bills of lading with the carrier’s standard carrier alpha code. CBP states that prior to this enhancement the ACE Portal’s in-bond arrival and export functionality was only used by truck carriers for in-bond transactions filed via a truck e-manifest. Now, as part of an effort to reduce in-bond arrival and export processing at the port level, all carriers may process notifications to CBP for in-bond transactions filed via ocean and rail manifests or from the Automated Brokers Interface’s QP application through the portal. Once CBP transitions the Air Automated Manifest System into ACE, air in-bond transactions will also have this capability.
Separately, with the upcoming Jan. 3, 2015, release of ACE Deployment D, CBP will deploy an eBond capability that will provide the trade community a mechanism for filing continuous and single transaction bonds into ACE via electronic data interchange. According to CBP, ACE eBond will provide the following benefits.
- provide a single mechanism for the centralization of bonds, including a single place to locate any bond starting after ACE eBond deployment
- reduce paper processing
- expedite release of cargo
- increase traceability of bonds for audit purposes
- expand bond issuance beyond regular business hours
CBP notes that ACE eBond will be required for ACE cargo release and ACE entry summary transactions only. Filers who submit ACS entry or entry summary transactions may continue to use current bond posting methods until Oct. 31, 2015.