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CBP Reschedules Next Deployment of ACE Functionality for Nov. 2

Monday, October 28, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that Deployment A, the first of seven planned releases of enhanced functionality under the Automated Commercial Environment, will be implemented on Nov. 2. Capabilities included in Deployment A include the following.

Entry summary validations. This feature will provide edits for entry summary data received from trade filers, thereby increasing data accuracy. Edits for the Harbor Maintenance Tax and tariff classification will be implemented with this deployment, and additional edits will be delivered in the future.

Cargo release pilot expansion. A Federal Register notice to be published in the near future will open the cargo release (also known as simplified entry) pilot to eligible filers of air shipments. CBP will work to accept all new eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis but reserves the right to limit participation if the volume of applicants exceeds its administrative capabilities.

CBP has said that enhancements to the cargo release pilot that will be deployed Nov. 2 will include (a) the ability for CBP to accept or deny corrections and/or cancellations to an ACE cargo release entry sent via electronic data interchange, automating what has been a manual process; (b) split shipments in accordance with current business practices; (c) allowance for partial quantities in the event that all of a split shipment does not arrive at the port of entry within 10 days (no in-bond movement will yet be attached to this capability); and (d) processing cargo release entries that include in-bond information and posting appropriate dispositions to the in-bond system.

PGA message set. CBP will also publish soon a Federal Register notice announcing two initial pilot tests of partner government agency message sets. These pilots will allow the trade community to electronically submit required data for importations regulated by PGAs that has heretofore been submitted on paper forms.

The initial pilots will be conducted with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food Safety and Inspection Service. Filers will submit PGA message set data for the EPA for vehicles, engines and ozone-depleting substances and for the FSIS for meat, poultry and eggs. ACE will validate data against EPA and FSIS reference tables and send the data to these agencies, which will then respond via ACE. The pilots will be initiated with the following ports and modes: EPA - Newark, N.J., and Long Beach, Calif. (ocean only); FSIS – Champlain, N.Y. (truck), Houston, Texas (ocean) and Philadelphia, Pa. (ocean).

ACE reports software upgrade. Concurrent with Deployment A, CBP will implement a software upgrade that will provide a modernized platform to facilitate currently planned and future ACE reports fixes and enhancements. Significant changes to the ACE reports user interface will result from this deployment, impacting how users view and run reports.

Reports that are modified or created from Oct. 28 through Nov. 2 will NOT be migrated with the deployment. ACE report users are encouraged to make this a black out week and NOT save created or modified reports to their “favorites” folder during this timeframe.

Only those ACE reports currently saved in users’ “favorites” folder will be migrated and available in the new interface. Users must save their reports to their “favorites” folder to be able to access them following the deployment. In addition, scheduled ACE reports will be required to be rescheduled following the deployment.

An updated ACE reports user guide will be posted on and disseminated via the Cargo Systems Messaging Service by Oct. 29. CBP is also planning to conduct a series of webinars to highlight the changes.

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