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Next Deployment of ACE Functionality Slated for Jan. 4; Re-engineered AES Expected in April

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The next iteration of new functionality under the Automated Commercial Environment is scheduled to be rolled out Jan. 4, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said recently. In addition, the first phase of a re-engineered Automated Export System is now planned for deployment next April.

ACE. CBP is planning to complete core trade processing capabilities in ACE through seven deployments of new features over the next three years. This approach is based on the Agile software development methodology, which produces smaller pieces of functionality more frequently. The first of these deployments (Deployment A) was implemented Nov. 2.

According to CBP, Deployment B is planned for Jan. 4 and will include the following elements.

- The cargo release pilot, which was recently opened to all eligible filers of type 01 and type 11 consumption entries in the air transportation mode, will be expanded to ocean and rail shipments as well as partial quantities with in-bonds.

- There will be a single accept/reject message for ACE cargo release.

- Entry summary validations, which provide edits for entry summary data received from trade filers and are currently limited to edits for the Harbor Maintenance Tax and tariff classification, will be expanded to duty calculations.

AES. CBP now plans to deploy in April 2014 the first phase of a re-engineered AES that will lay the foundation for automated export processing in ACE. CBP has said previously that this initial deployment will include (a) the following enhancements for Census Bureau regulatory changes: post-departure filing times changed from ten to five calendar days from the date of exportation, added ultimate consignee type and license value, and foreign-trade zone identifier increased from five to seven alphanumeric characters; (b) an Advance Export Information pilot for filing a limited data set pre-departure and remaining data elements five days post-departure, which CBP states is a revised Option 3 process; and (c) Bureau of Industry and Security changes in licensing requirements in support of the Export Control Reform Initiative. Following this initial phase, development is expected to continue into 2014 with the building of electronic export manifest functionality.

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