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USMCA, Data Exchange, Surety Functionality Among Changes to ACE Deployment Plans

Monday, July 27, 2020
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has added some functionality to its Automated Commercial Environment deployment schedule, delayed the deployment of some other functions, and confirmed the deployment of still others.

ACE functionality, including data reports, can help importers and others boost compliance and duty savings efforts. For more information, please contact Lenny Feldman at (305) 894-1011.

Agriculture. September remains the deployment date for (1) enhancements to the agricultural program trade liaison workspace within the International Trade Data System to better communicate with the Department of Agriculture’s agricultural risk management system and (2) functionality to automate the process for submitting phytosanitary and veterinary health certificates issued by national plant protection organizations.

Automated Surety Interface. CBP has delayed from June 27 to Oct. 10 the deployment of functionality providing additional cargo release and entry summary information in real time to sureties and surety agents via the bond status message when a predefined event occurs.

Bill of lading. CBP still plans to deploy, but has not yet scheduled, functionality to release ocean cargo at the lowest shipment level.

Broker Management. CBP is awaiting the issuance of final regulations to transition all brokers to a single national permit, which would eliminate multiple district permits and waivers. Proposed regulations were issued June 5.

Collections. CBP is still aiming to deploy functionality providing (1) additional electronic payment processing options for users (winter 2021) and (2) a consolidated billing period with each user’s deferred tax entries listed (spring 2021).

Craft Beverages. CBP has pushed back from August to November the deployment of functionality reflecting the Craft Beverage Modernization Act that will (1) reduce rates or credits on 92 HTSUS Chapter 22 numbers and (2) include the ability to compute and validate the tax amount, view/edit tax data on entry summaries via the ACE portal, and make data available for data warehouse reporting.

eCERT/ELVIS. CBP has announced a fall 2020 deployment of functionality to exchange electronically with foreign countries data normally associated with a required export document. Enhancements will allow for additional messaging capabilities with countries, added validations, and ease of onboarding new countries.

CBP has postponed indefinitely eCERT onboarding for Mexico and Canada.

Foreign-Trade Zones. CBP has pushed back again, from August to September, improvements to better facilitate the e214 online FTZ admission process and eliminate older, inefficient processes.

FWS Message Set. CBP is still planning to implement July 6 functionality enabling trade users to submit data required by the Fish and Wildlife Service for imports and exports of foreign fish, wildlife, and plants directly to CBP via the FWS message set.

Manifests. The previous user interface for filing truck manifests became unavailable June 24 and only the new UI is now available for filing truck manifests in the ACE portal.

Post-Summary Corrections. CBP deployed June 20 a modification to the ACE entry summary user interface that allows users to trigger a message with a reason code to the trade filer when the “revert” action is chosen by CBP for a PSC.

Tariffs. CBP deployed June 20 functionality giving users the ability to mass update exclusion numbers and HTSUS numbers for Section 232 tariffs on aluminum and steel.

USMCA. CBP deployed July 1 functionality related to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement concerning HTSUS database and special program indicator updates and new LPC codes for trade preference level certificates. CBP still plans to deploy additional USMCA-related functionality  for (1) reconciliation changes to prevent merchandise processing fee refunds (Aug. 1) and (2) drawback (fall 2020).

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