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ACE Functionality for De Minimis Imports, FTZs, Collections Pushed Back

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has again delayed the deployment of several functions in the Automated Commercial Environment but has newly announced plans to roll out an AD/CV redesign. CBP notes that the updated schedule set forth below is subject to change.

ACE functionality, including data reports, can help importers and others boost compliance and duty savings efforts. For more information, please contact customs and trade consultant Tom Gould at (661) 471-2659.

Section 321 Shipments. CBP has pushed back from August to Sept. 28 the anticipated date for automating data collection on shipments under section 321 (which allows up to $800 worth of goods to be imported free of duty and tax by one person on one day). The development of an entry type 86 for ABI submission of section 321 shipments is expected to give CBP greater visibility into low-value shipments, provide partner government agencies with required data on such shipments, and allow filers to transmit transaction data (e.g., manufacturer, importer, and consignee information) via ABI and receive electronic release messages from CBP for such shipments.

Collections. Release 1, focusing on the back end processing of automated clearinghouse debit/credit transactions, is now scheduled to be deployed sometime in late summer rather than August.

FTZs. CBP has removed from the ACE deployment schedule the e214 redesign, which would enable the submission of PGA data simultaneously with the e214 via the PGA message set or the document image system when reporting foreign-trade zone admissions. CBP still plans to deploy this capability at some point in the future.

Document File Location. CBP had planned to move the DocFile Location application into ACE as of Aug. 3 but has now postponed this capability indefinitely.

AD/CV Redesign. This functionality, which CBP has targeted for deployment on Sept. 14, will enhance the antidumping/countervailing duty order case management user interface and provide for streamlined input and searchability.

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