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CBP Update on Efforts to Create Single Automated Export Processing Platform

Thursday, June 06, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has provided an update on its effort to decommission the Automated Export System and establish the Automated Commercial Environment as the single automated export processing platform for all export manifest, commodity, licensing, export control and export targeting transactions.

CBP’s goals for this transition are to lower costs for federal agencies and the trade community, improve the facilitation of export shipments through the supply chain, improve its capability to identify high-risk shipments, and integrate export processing with existing ACE functionality. These goals will be accomplished by (a) replacing the legacy AES mainframe system with a modern information technology platform, (b) replacing manual or paper-based processing for export licensing, manifest and notifications with electronic processing, (c) implementing a single window view that allows the user to view all commodity, enforcement, licensing and findings data from a single application, and (d) leveraging recent ACE development on imports to provide a means in exports for additional services for CBP, participating government agencies and the trade.

CBP states that the re-engineered AES will include (a) various enhancements to reflect Census Bureau regulatory changes, including a change in post-departure filing times from ten calendar days from the date of exportation to five, the addition of ultimate consignee type and license value, and an increase in the foreign-trade zone identifier from five to seven alphanumeric characters; (b) an Advanced Export Information pilot for filing limited mandatory data elements pre-departure and remaining data elements five days post-departure (a revised Option 3 process to provide certain trade members the ability to file the commodity data with a limited set of data pre-departure); and (c) Bureau of Industry and Security regulatory changes to modify licensing requirements for International Traffic in Arms Regulations exports, which are anticipated to take effect in early October.

CBP is currently planning to run the re-engineered AES in parallel with the legacy AES beginning in September, to migrate CBP users from the legacy AES and retire the mainframe user interface in November, and to migrate trade users from the legacy AES and retire the mainframe trade interface in January 2014.

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