CBP and FMC to Share ACE Data
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) signed an Automated Commercial Environment-International Trade Data System (ACE-ITDS) memorandum of understanding to share ACE data between the agencies. Under the measure, data from CBP’s Automated Commercial Environment can be transferred directly to the FMC.
According to government statements, the purpose of the data-sharing measure is to strengthen government enforcement activities in the regulation of ocean trade. FMC Chairman Mario Cordero said the MOU will help the FMC in its missions to not only ensure security at U.S. ports and compliance with the Safe Port Act, but to “foster a fair, efficient and reliable ocean transportation system and protect the public from unfair and deceptive trade practices.”
ACE-ITD trade data is protected by the Trade Secrets Act and both agencies are obligated under the agreement to properly safeguard the data.