CBP Announces Three-Phase Transition to Mandatory Use of ACE
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Aug. 7 that the final transition from the Automated Commercial System to the Automated Commercial Environment will take place in three phases. All electronic import and export manifest data must be transmitted via ACE as of May 1, 2015; all data associated with the release of cargo, including participating government agency interactions, must be transmitted via ACE as of Nov. 1, 2015; and the mandated use of ACE will be effective as of Oct. 1, 2016. These dates are slightly accelerated from those CBP proposed a month ago.
CBP is planning to complete core trade processing capabilities in ACE through seven deployments of new features over the next three years, the first of which is targeted for October. This approach is based on the Agile software development methodology, which produces smaller pieces of functionality more frequently.