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Cargo Release Test Expanded to Ocean and Rail Carriers

Monday, February 03, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has formally announced the expansion of the cargo release test under the Automated Commercial Environment to type 01 (consumption) and type 11 (informal) commercial entries filed in the ocean and rail modes of transportation at specified ports. CBP states that this expansion will allow for automated corrections and cancellations, split shipments, partial shipments, entry on cargo that has been moved in-bond from the first U.S. port of unlading, entry for a full manifested bill quantity, and entries requiring partner government agency information. This expanded test will begin shortly and will run until approximately Nov. 1, 2015.

Applicants to participate must (1) be a self-filing importer or broker who has the ability to file ACE entry summaries certified for cargo release or (2) have evinced the intent to file entry summaries in ACE. Applicants must provide their filer code and the port(s) at which they are interested in filing ACE cargo release transaction data, which currently may be submitted only for entries filed at certain ports (though others may be added in the future).

In lieu of filing CBP Form 3461 data, participating importers or brokers acting on their behalf will have to file the following 12 data elements (known as the ACE cargo release data set) with CBP. These data elements may be filed at any time prior to arrival of the cargo at the U.S. port of arrival with the intent to unlade.

- importer of record number

- buyer name and address

- buyer employer identification number (consignee number)

- seller name and address

- manufacturer/supplier name and address

- HTSUS 10-digit number

- country of origin

- bill of lading/house air waybill number

- bill of lading issuer code

- entry number

- entry type

- estimated shipment value

The entry filer will also have the option of providing the ship-to party name and address, consolidator name and address, and container stuffing location. In addition, to enable enhanced functionality in ACE cargo release, the entry filer may provide the port of entry (if an in-bond number is provided in the entry submission, the planned port of entry must also be provided), in-bond (if applicable) and bill quantity (if bill of lading quantity is specified in the entry, it becomes the entered and released quantity for that bill; otherwise, the full bill quantity will be entered and released for that bill).

Upon receipt of the ACE cargo release data, CBP will process the submission and then transmit its cargo release decision to the filer. If a subsequent submission is submitted, CBP’s decision regarding the original submission will no longer be controlling. The merchandise will then be considered to be entered upon its arrival in the port with the intent to unlade.

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