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More Details on ACE Enhancements to be Deployed in October

Friday, September 27, 2013
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection will deploy Oct. 5 the first of seven planned releases of enhanced functionality under the Automated Commercial Environment. CBP posted to its Web site this week the following additional details on this release, which it is calling Deployment A.

ACE Reports Software Upgrade. An upgrade to the software used to deliver ACE reports, scheduled to take place Oct. 26, will result in significant changes to the ACE reports user interface that will affect how users view and run reports. CBP states that only those ACE reports currently saved in users’ “favorites” folders will be migrated and available in the new interface and that reports that are modified or created from Oct. 21 through Oct. 26 will not be migrated. In addition, scheduled ACE reports will need to be rescheduled following the deployment.

CBP is planning to post an updated ACE reports user guide on its Web site by Oct. 21 and to conduct a series of basic and advanced webinars on these changes starting Oct. 21.

Cargo Release. 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 Oct. 5 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 initiate in late October its first two pilot tests of a participating government agency message set (a harmonized set of data that will be collected electronically by CBP and dispersed to appropriate PGAs) under which filers will submit data to the Environmental Protection Agency for ozone-depleting substances and vehicles and engines and to the Food Safety Inspection Service for meat, poultry and eggs. ACE will validate this data against EPA and FSIS reference tables and send the data to these agencies, which will then respond via ACE. CBP states that these pilots will be conducted at the following ports.

EPA – Newark and Long Beach (ocean only)
FSIS – Champlain, N.Y. (truck), Houston (ocean) and Philadelphia (ocean)

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